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Richie Shaffer | Third Baseman

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (23) / 3/15/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 195
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Kendall Rogers of Perfect Game USA reports that there is a deal between the Rays and first-round pick Richie Shaffer.
The deal isn't officially signed yet, but he's expected to get a bonus in the range of $1.7 million, which is right in line with the $1.725 million slot recommendation for the No. 25 overall pick. Shaffer was regarded as one of the top college bats in this year's draft class. While he's blocked by Evan Longoria at the big league level, some scouts believe he'll end up at first base or in right field. Fri, Jul 13, 2012 12:07:00 AM

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According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the Rays are nearing a deal with first-rounder Richie Shaffer.

Shaffer was selected 25th overall out of Clemson in last month's MLB Amateur Draft. The 21-year-old corner infielder has major power potential and should rise swiftly through the Rays' minor league system. The deadline to get deals struck is Friday at 5 p.m. ET.
Thu, Jul 12, 2012 03:14:00 PM

Rays selected Clemson 1B/3B Richie Shaffer with the No. 25 overall pick in the 2012 draft.

Perhaps this year's top college power bat, Shaffer can play either corner infield spot, but will likely be slated for first with Evan Longoria occupying the hot corner in Tampa. Shaffer has the athleticism to man right field if need be. A polished hitter with relatively few holes in his swing, there's a strong chance Shaffer will reach the big leagues.
Mon, Jun 4, 2012 09:44:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Rene Rivera
2Curt Casali
3Justin O'Conner
4Bobby Wilson
1B1James Loney
2Vince Belnome
2B1Nick Franklin
2Logan Forsythe
3Alexi Casilla
4Ryan Brett
5Eugenio Velez
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Jake Elmore
3B1Evan Longoria
2Juan Francisco
LF1Kevin Kiermaier
2Corey Brown
CF1Desmond Jennings
2Mikie Mahtook
RF1Steven Souza
2Brandon Guyer
3Joey Butler
DH1John Jaso
2David DeJesus
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Alex Cobb
2Matt Moore
3Chris Archer
4Jake Odorizzi
5Drew Smyly
6Alex Colome
7Nate Karns
8Matt Andriese
9Grayson Garvin
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jake McGee
2Brad Boxberger
3Grant Balfour
4Ernesto Frieri
5Kevin Jepsen
6Jeff Beliveau
7Kirby Yates
8Ronald Belisario
9Steve Geltz
10Brandon Gomes
11Everett Teaford
12Jose Dominguez
13C.J. Riefenhauser
14Jhan Marinez