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Shaffer Getting Into the Swing of Things

Shaffer has begun his pro career.

The Rays 2012 first round draft pick, third baseman Richie Shaffer, has made his long anticipated pro debut for the Hudson Valley Renegades and is easing back into full-time duty and getting his timing back at the plate. While Shaffer is still finding his way, he has already made an impression on manager Jared Sandberg and is enjoying the privilege of being a professional baseball player.

What is it like to insert a first-round draft pick into a first-place team mid-season? Well when there are already three first-round draft picks on the squad, it makes the transition pretty smooth. Richie Shaffer, the Rays' first selection in June's draft at 25th overall, made his professional debut for the Hudson Valley Renegades last Monday. Shaffer joins Justin O'Conner (2010 supplemental... Recommended Stories

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