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Richie Shaffer | Third Baseman

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (24) / 3/15/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 195
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Rays prospect 3B Richie Shaffer went 1-for-4 with his 16th home run of the season on Wednesday for Triple-A Durham.
Shaffer has been a beast since moving up to Durham in late May, batting .309/.400/.557 with nine home runs, six doubles and 18 RBI in 23 games for the Bulls. The 24-year-old corner infielder opened the season at Double-A Montgomery, where he posted a .262/.362/.470 batting line with seven home runs and 10 doubles in 39 games. Between both levels, the 2012 first-rounder is batting a robust .278/.375/.557 with 16 home runs, 16 doubles and 45 RBI in 62 games. It goes without saying that Shaffer is having a breakout year after batting just .222/.318/.440 in 119 games for Montgomery last season. While he lacks a clear path to playing time in the major leagues at the hot corner, the Rays conceivably could try to get Shaffer’s bat in the lineup at first base. Jun 25 - 3:06 PM

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Rays 3B prospect Richie Shaffer homered three times in Friday's win for Triple-A Durham.

Shaffer is the third Durham player to go deep three times in a game and the first since Justin Ruggiano in 2009. The 24-year-old still strikes out too often (70 Ks in 210 at-bats) but his power is definitely real. He's already cranked 14 homers in 57 games this year. His batting average has actually improved since getting promoted to Triple-A (.311 AVG for Durham, .262 at Montgomery).
Source: MILB.com
Jun 14 - 3:19 PM

Rays third base prospect Richie Shaffer went 4-for-5 with three RBI Sunday in his first game for Triple-A Durham.

A first-round pick out of Clemson in 2012, Shaffer has shown plus power at each of his four minor league stops. That trend continued with two homers Sunday, the 42nd and 43rd of his career. The 24-year-old has plenty of potential but will need to cut down on his strikeouts before reaching the next level. He's already whiffed 49 times in 154 at-bats this season, including 15 punch-outs over his last 10 games.
Source: MILB.com
May 25 - 1:16 PM

Rays prospect Richie Shaffer collected four hits in Tuesday's doubleheader for Double-A Montgomery.

After getting off to a slow start, Shaffer is heating up. The former first-round pick has driven in 16 runs over his last 11 games while scoring seven of his own. Shaffer owns a .925 OPS since the start of the month. The 24-year-old is second in the Southern League in home runs (7), second in RBI (25), fifth in slugging (.533) and fifth in OPS (.904).
Source: MILB.com
May 13 - 3:43 PM

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

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

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Rene Rivera
2Curt Casali
1B1James Loney
2B1Logan Forsythe
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Tim Beckham
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1Desmond Jennings
2Joey Butler
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
RF1Steven Souza
2Brandon Guyer
DH1John Jaso
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Archer
2Jake Odorizzi
3Matt Moore
4Nate Karns
5Erasmo Ramirez
6Drew Smyly
7Alex Cobb
8Burch Smith
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Brad Boxberger
2Jake McGee
3Kevin Jepsen
4Jeff Beliveau
5Steve Geltz
6Brandon Gomes
7Xavier Cedeno
8Alex Colome