Richie Shaffer

#4 1B / Cleveland Indians / EXP: 2YRS / MINORS Height: 6-3 Weight: 220 lb Age: 26 College: Clemson Bats/Throws R/R

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    • Shaffer was named International League Player of the Week on Monday. Shaffer went 12-for-29 with three home runs and nine RBI over the award-winning week. In his third season with Triple-A, the outfielder is demonstrating growth that could earn him a big-league call-up later in 2017. He leads the Clippers in homers (13), RBI (48) and runs (31) through 57 games.

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    • Shaffer went 2-for-4 with a grand slam, bumping his team-high RBI total to 43, in Triple-A Columbus' victory on Monday. A first-round pick in 2012, he posted strong power number at MiLB's lower levels, but those marks declined in recent years at Triple-A and MLB. The 26-year-old has revitalized his power stroke, though, this season with the Clippers. His .492 slugging percentage is seventh best in the International League. Shaffer has 51 games of big-league dirt on his cleats (.213/.310/.410), but the Tribe's outfield depth leaves little room for him at the highest level.

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    • Shaffer was reassigned to the Indians' minor-league camp Sunday. Shaffer was hoping to win a reserve role in the corner infield, but the contact issues he displayed during Cactus League play (22 strikeouts in 57 at-bats) undermined any chance he had at breaking camp with the team. Expect him to open 2017 with Triple-A Columbus.

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    • Shaffer is competing for an Opening Day roster spot at third base, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. Shaffer, the first-round pick of the Rays back in 2012, split time between the majors and Triple-A level last season for Tampa Bay. He appeared in 20 games with the big club but didn't do anything of note outside of his high strikeout percentage.

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    • Indians' Richie Shaffer: Designated for assignment
      By RotoWire Staff

      The Indians designated Shaffer for assignment Monday, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reports. Shaffer will depart his fifth organization of the offseason, after having previously owned 40-man roster spots with the Rays, Mariners, Phillies and Reds. The 25-year-old was a member of the Indians' 40-man roster for less than a week, but if he goes unclaimed off waivers, he'd likely stick in the organization as Triple-A depth. Shaffer has flashed solid pop during his time in the minor, but a lack of contact may prove to be his undoing as he looks to establish himself as a viable big-league option.

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