Rays Ink First Round Pick Richie Shaffer
Shaffer will begin his career at Hudson Valley
Shaffer will begin his career at Hudson Valley

Posted Jul 13, 2012

The Rays have come to terms with 2012 first round draft pick Richie Shaffer. The signing was made official via press release by the team early Friday afternoon. Inside are more details on the signing.

The Tampa Bay Rays have signed third baseman Richie Shaffer, who was the 25th-overall pick in this year's draft. With the signing, the Rays have inked 37 of their 40 selections, including the top 28.

The deal with the 21-year-old is reported to be for a signing bonus of $1.71 million, which is just below the slot value of $1,725,000 assigned under baseball's new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

As a junior at Clemson University this season, he finished with a .336 batting average (78-for-232), 10 home runs, 46 RBI, 63 walks, a .573 slugging percentage and a .480 on-base percentage. He ranked 11th in the ACC in batting average, fifth in slugging percentage, tied for first in walks, third in on-base percentage and tied for seventh in home runs.

Shaffer will report to Short-Season A Hudson Valley to begin his pro career.

John Gregg is Publisher and Senior Editor of Rays Digest. You can follow him on Twitter at @RaysDigest. He can also be reached via e-mail at raysdigest.com@gmail.com.


Subscribe to RaysDigest.com today! Only $79.95 brings you one full year of Total Access Pass and all premium content on RaysDigest.com, the Scout Player and Roster Database (including the 'Hot News' at the top of the site), Breaking News and Information, Total Access to all Scout.com Websites and Player Pages which detail the progress and careers of players from high school, college, the minors, and the pro ranks.

Sample the RaysDigest.com Total Access Pass at no risk for 7 days, then pay only $7.95 or $21.95. If you want to save 2 months off of the monthly subscription price, simply choose the annual RaysDigest.com Total Access Pass at $79.95.

Related Stories
Hudson Valley Notebook: Anticipating Shaffer
 -by RaysDigest.com  Jul 16, 2012
Shaffer Getting Into the Swing of Things
 -by RaysDigest.com  Jul 30, 2012
Hudson Valley Notebook: Hot Hitting 'Gades
 -by RaysDigest.com  Jul 30, 2012

> Members-only Forums
> Insider Information
> MiLB &
   MLB Draft News
> Expert Chats

Sign Up Today!

Free Email Newsletter
Don't miss any news or features from RaysDigest.com. Subscribe to our newsletter to have our newest articles emailed to you on a daily or weekly basis.
Click here for a list of all Team Newsletters.

Add Players to My HotList
Get free email alerts with news about your favorite players. Click name to add to My HotList.
3B Richie Shaffer (profile)
[View My HotList]
Add Topics to My HotList
Get free email alerts with news about your favorite topics. Click link to add to My HotList.
Baseball > Clemson > Alumni
Baseball > Tampa Bay
[View My HotList]