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2017 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 26)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
68 .218 3 8 9 0 .252 0.0
Birth Date3-15-1991
Height6' 3"
Weight230 lbs
Age26 years, 4 months, 10 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
2013
2014
0.12015
0.12016
0.02017
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2015 TBA 24 31 88 74 11 14 3 0 4 29 10 32 3 1 0 6 0 1 .189 .307 .392 .266 1.5 -0.3 0.1
2016 TBA 25 20 54 48 5 12 6 0 1 21 5 18 0 1 0 4 0 1 .250 .315 .438 .271 0.9 -0.2 0.1
Career5114212216269055015503201002.213.310.410.2682.4-0.50.2

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
Minor league stats are currently shownClick to hide.
YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2012 HUD A- 33 138 .348 .247 .318 .350 .266 .386 95 12.5 3.8 -0.3 -1.9 0.3 16.3 1.5 16.3 1.5
2012 PDD Wnt 15 61 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .400 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 PCH A+ 122 519 .258 .252 .320 .367 .254 .299 97 -1.2 15.1 0.7 1.5 -2.5 12.0 1.4 12.0 1.4
2014 MNT AA 119 491 .267 .253 .323 .380 .265 .261 102 3.5 13.5 1 -3.0 -0.5 17.5 1.5 17.5 1.5
2015 TBA MLB 31 88 .266 .257 .317 .405 .257 .256 103 0.5 2.4 -1 -0.3 -0.4 1.5 0.1 1.5 0.1
2015 MNT AA 39 175 .305 .256 .325 .374 .268 .340 97 8 4.7 0.2 -5.6 -2.5 10.4 0.5 10.4 0.5
2015 DUR AAA 69 282 .324 .256 .320 .377 .253 .303 99 18.8 7.8 -1.3 -3.9 -1.3 24.0 2.1 24.0 2.1
2016 TBA MLB 20 54 .271 .241 .309 .393 .243 .367 102 0.6 1.5 -0.8 -0.2 -0.4 0.9 0.1 0.9 0.1
2016 DUR AAA 119 496 .250 .255 .319 .384 .254 .303 104 -5.3 13.9 -2.1 -1.6 -1.3 5.2 0.4 5.2 0.4
2017 COH AAA 93 386 .279 .262 .331 .404 .258 .339 110 8.4 11.7 -3.4 5.6 3.2 20.0 2.5 20.0 2.5

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2012 PDD Wnt 61 10 14 4 1 0 2 6 19 0 0 .259 .344 .370 .111 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 HUD A- 138 25 36 5 2 4 26 16 31 0 0 .308 .406 .487 .179 .348 16.3 -1.9 1.5
2013 PCH A+ 519 55 119 33 1 11 73 35 106 6 0 .254 .308 .399 .145 .258 12.0 1.5 1.4
2014 MNT AA 491 58 95 28 4 19 64 56 119 4 0 .222 .318 .440 .218 .267 17.5 -3.0 1.5
2015 TBA MLB 88 11 14 3 0 4 6 10 32 0 1 .189 .307 .392 .203 .266 1.5 -0.3 0.1
2015 MNT AA 175 22 39 10 0 7 27 23 49 3 0 .262 .362 .470 .208 .305 10.4 -5.6 0.5
2015 DUR AAA 282 42 66 17 1 19 45 31 74 1 1 .270 .355 .582 .311 .324 24.0 -3.9 2.1
2016 DUR AAA 496 49 97 27 0 11 48 65 135 4 1 .227 .329 .367 .140 .250 5.2 -1.6 0.4
2016 TBA MLB 54 5 12 6 0 1 4 5 18 0 1 .250 .315 .438 .188 .271 0.9 -0.2 0.1
2017 COH AAA 386 53 84 13 1 22 69 48 126 3 0 .256 .360 .503 .247 .279 20.0 5.6 2.5

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT CSAA_CHANCES CSAA_RT
2015 363 0.4408 0.3994 0.5793 0.5813 0.2562 0.7097 0.3462 0.4207 176 0.002529
2016 188 0.5319 0.5106 0.5729 0.6700 0.3295 0.7164 0.2414 0.4271 0 0.000000
Career5510.47190.43730.57710.61160.28120.7120.31040.4229115.94920.0017

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2017 CLE $
2016 TBA $
2015 TBA $

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 103 dISE Baseball2017

Details
  • 2017. Claimed by Cincinnati off waivers 12/23/16 after being DFA by Philadelphia 12/20/16. Claimed by Cleveland off waivers from Cincinnati 1/25/17. DFA by Cleveland 1/30/17. Sent outright to Triple-A 2/2/17.
  • 1 year (2016). Re-signed by Tampa Bay 3/3/16. Acquired by Seattle in trade from Tampa Bay 11/18/16. Claimed by Philadelphia off waivers 12/14/16 after being DFA by San Francisco 12/7/16.
  • 1 year (2015) Contract selected by Tampa Bay 8/3/15.
  • Drafted by Tampa Bay 2012 (1-25) (Clemson). $1.71 signing bonus ($1.725M slot).

2017 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 513 73 118 28 1 26 78 65 148 2 1 .270 .367 .515 .298 31.4 LF -2, 3B -2 2.9
80o 492 67 108 26 1 23 72 59 145 1 1 .255 .350 .487 .284 23.1 LF -2, 3B -2 2.0
70o 476 63 101 24 1 22 67 55 144 1 0 .245 .337 .467 .274 17.4 LF -2, 3B -2 1.4
60o 463 59 96 23 1 21 63 52 142 1 0 .236 .327 .450 .265 12.9 LF -2, 3B -2 0.9
50o 450 56 89 21 1 19 60 49 140 1 0 .228 .317 .435 .257 8.8 LF -2, 3B -1 0.5
40o 437 53 84 20 1 18 57 46 138 1 0 .220 .307 .420 .249 5.0 LF -2, 3B -1 0.1
30o 424 49 79 19 1 17 53 43 136 1 0 .211 .296 .403 .241 1.1 LF -2, 3B -1 -0.3
20o 408 46 73 17 1 16 49 40 133 1 0 .202 .284 .384 .231 -3.1 LF -1, 3B -1 -0.8
10o 387 41 65 15 1 14 44 35 129 1 0 .188 .267 .358 .217 -8.4 LF -1, 3B -1 -1.3
Weighted Mean456579222120625014110.232.322.442.26110.7LF -2, 3B -10.7

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2017 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
20182734946661601546381081.219.310.421.254-0.04.0-0.8-2.29.0-2.0-4.4
20192834345661601546371080.220.311.426.2560.04.5-0.8-2.38.9-1.3-4.3
2020293124058140134133970.215.305.413.250-0.22.0-0.8-2.28.1-3.1-3.9
2021302923854130123832910.215.307.413.251-0.22.2-0.7-2.17.6-2.6-3.7
2022312833754130123730880.217.308.415.252-0.22.2-0.7-2.17.3-2.4-3.6
2023322663550120113529830.216.306.412.251-0.21.6-0.7-2.16.9-2.6-3.4
2024332513247110103227790.215.306.409.249-0.21.2-0.6-2.06.5-2.7-3.2
2025342373044100103025740.214.304.405.248-0.30.7-0.6-2.06.1-2.9-3.0
202635224294210092824700.213.303.403.247-0.30.4-0.6-1.95.8-2.9-2.8

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 78)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 87 Brandon Waring 2012 .000 DNP
2 86 Ryan Schimpf 2014 .000 DNP
3 85 Mike Olt 2015 .199
4 84 Alex Liddi 2015 .000 DNP
5 83 Matt Skole 2016 .000 DNP
6 83 Todd Frazier 2012 .291
7 81 David Freese 2009 .300
8 81 Jeff Larish 2009 .256
9 81 Kyeong Kang 2014 .000 DNP
10 80 Mark Hamilton 2011 .218
11 80 Seth Loman 2012 .000 DNP
12 80 Josh Fields 2009 .221
13 80 Cody Decker 2013 .000 DNP
14 80 Matt Clark 2013 .000 DNP
15 80 Marc Krauss 2014 .219
16 80 Ryan Strieby 2012 .000 DNP
17 80 Xavier Scruggs 2014 .221
18 80 Mat Gamel 2012 .225
19 80 Jason Botts 2007 .222
20 80 Josh Whitesell 2008 .367
21 79 Josh Bell 2013 .000 DNP
22 79 Travis Taijeron 2015 .000 DNP
23 79 Michael Walker 2014 .000 DNP
24 79 Brandon Wood 2011 .226
25 79 Chris Jacobs 2015 .000 DNP
26 79 Joe Koshansky 2008 .245
27 79 Kyle Roller 2014 .000 DNP
28 79 Casper Wells 2011 .280
29 79 Tommy Medica 2014 .282
30 79 James Darnell 2013 .000 DNP
31 79 Marquez Smith 2011 .000 DNP
32 79 Ryan Rua 2016 .252
33 79 Jeff Clement 2010 .217
34 78 Mike Wilson 2009 .000 DNP
35 78 Jerry Sands 2014 .185
36 78 Erik Castro 2014 .000 DNP
37 78 Brent Clevlen 2010 .178
38 78 Dustin Lawley 2015 .000 DNP
39 78 Brandon Allen 2012 .213
40 78 Brandon Snyder 2013 .200
41 78 Rhyne Hughes 2010 .207
42 78 Kyle Jensen 2014 .000 DNP
43 78 Matthew Brown 2009 .000 DNP
44 78 Ernesto Mejia 2012 .000 DNP
45 78 Todd Linden 2006 .284
46 78 Carson Blair 2016 .000 DNP
47 78 Corey Brown 2012 .234
48 77 Brett Carroll 2009 .243
49 77 Juan Francisco 2013 .253
50 77 Bradley Suttle 2012 .000 DNP
51 77 Reynaldo Rodriguez 2013 .000 DNP
52 77 Jeff Baker 2007 .207
53 77 Zach Walters 2016 .022
54 77 Jarrett Parker 2015 .413
55 77 Darin Ruf 2013 .279
56 77 Ian Gac 2012 .000 DNP
57 77 James Ramsey 2016 .000 DNP
58 77 John-Ford Griffin 2006 .000 DNP
59 77 Chris Carter 2013 .281
60 77 Justin Maxwell 2010 .241
61 77 Justin Huber 2009 .203
62 77 Jesus Aguilar 2016 -.027
63 77 Matt Rizzotti 2012 .000 DNP
64 77 Thomas Giles 2010 .000 DNP
65 77 Andy Wilkins 2015 .000 DNP
66 77 Bryce Brentz 2015 .000 DNP
67 77 Jai Miller 2011 .297
68 77 Jay Caligiuri 2006 .000 DNP
69 77 Adam Duvall 2015 .286
70 76 Tyler Flowers 2012 .232
71 76 John Mayberry 2010 .427
72 76 Max Ramirez 2011 .000 DNP
73 76 Wilkin Ramirez 2012 .000 DNP
74 76 Tyler Moore 2013 .238
75 76 Matt Tuiasosopo 2012 .000 DNP
76 76 Shawn Bowman 2011 .000 DNP
77 76 Chris Duncan 2007 .280
78 76 Taylor Green 2013 .000 DNP
79 76 Andrew Lambo 2015 .083
80 76 Kelly Shoppach 2006 .224
81 76 Cody Overbeck 2012 .000 DNP
82 76 Jake Fox 2009 .273
83 76 Jordan Lennerton 2012 .000 DNP
84 76 Brady Shoemaker 2013 .000 DNP
85 76 John Whittleman 2013 .000 DNP
86 76 Adam Rosales 2009 .230
87 76 Joe Mather 2009 .000 DNP
88 76 Jordan Danks 2013 .250
89 76 Brahiam Maldonado 2012 .000 DNP
90 76 Alex Castellanos 2013 .193
91 76 Stefan Gartrell 2010 .000 DNP
92 76 Nick Ramirez 2016 .000 DNP
93 76 Rodney Choy Foo 2008 .000 DNP
94 75 Matthew Duffy 2015 .333
95 75 Brian Dopirak 2010 .000 DNP
96 75 Scott Van Slyke 2013 .285
97 75 Marvin Lowrance 2011 .000 DNP
98 75 Donald Lutz 2015 .000 DNP
99 75 Travis Shaw 2016 .246
100 75 Andrew Brown 2011 .139

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .190 .309 .304 .242
11 vs R (Multi) .253 .313 .516 .295
18 Split (Multi) .063 .004 .213 .054
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.010 -.021 -.029 -.017
30 vs L (2016) .286 .353 .429 .306
31 vs R (2016) .235 .297 .441 .255
38 Split (2016) -.050 -.056 .013 -.050
39 LgAvg (2016) -.008 -.018 -.027 -.016

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2017 Due to publishing agreements, the 2017 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2017 book (available in hardcopy, and soon e-book and Kindle).
2016 Every year, Shaffer—who swings the bat like you'd expect a Tarantino bad guy to—hits a little bit better, and every year his first-round power shows up more frequently in games. The athletic former Clemson Tiger has played mostly third base in the minors, but was shifted across the diamond in anticipation of a call-up. He is spry enough to handle either corner of the infield and has the arm to range into the outfield as well. The Rays value versatility, so it might take some time to find a permanent home, but they also value lineup-altering power, so they'll at least find him an apartment.
2015 Richie Shaffer shows power potential with a quick bat and strong hands, but there's no real star potential, which is disappointing for a first-round pick.
2014 Shaffer failed to produce as expected during his first full season in the minors, perhaps partly a result of skipping a level of A-ball. At times, he played "big" and looked to overpower the ball. Like a lot of power prospects, he tends to lean to his pull side, but he has shown power to all fields. His bat speed rates above average and his approach progressed with the calendarmaybe a sign of him relaxing and using his hands more. A solid athlete, Shaffer continued to play third base last year but is likely to move around a bit to increase his overall stock.
2013 The Rays were pleasantly surprised that Shaffer was still there to draft with the 25th pick last year. They love the Clemson Tiger's long, lean body and his quick-twitch batsome scouts project 25-30 homers in the majorswhich distinguishes him from many college power hitters who can't catch up to professional pitching. They also love Shaffer's makeup, which has been an issue with other top Rays picks. Shaffer got right to work in short-season ball, producing an 893 OPS in 33 games and then heading out to the AFL. If Shaffer makes good on his raw power he could move across the diamond to first base, where some think he's a better fitespecially in the Tampa Bay organization, where Longoria has the hot corner locked down for a decade.

BP Articles

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Prospectus Feature: The 2012 Re-DraftBaseball Prospectus2017-06-12
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Feature: Taylor Motter's FlowDaniel Rathman2017-04-14
Liner Notes: NRI Watch: American LeagueBryan Grosnick2017-02-17
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessDynasty League Positional Rankings Continued: First Basemen on the Ocean FloorWilson Karaman2017-01-19
Transaction Analysis: Vesatility, Depth, and SceneryRob Mains2016-11-28
Transaction Analysis: Vesatility, Depth, and SceneryBryan Grosnick2016-11-28
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessThe Stash List: 14th Edition, 2016J.J. Jansons2016-07-07
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessThe Stash List: 13th Edition, 2016J.J. Jansons2016-06-30
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessThe Stash List: 12th Edition, 2016J.J. Jansons2016-06-23
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessThe Stash List: 11th Edition, 2016J.J. Jansons2016-06-16
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessThe Stash List: 10th Edition, 2016J.J. Jansons2016-06-09
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessThe Stash List: Ninth Edition, 2016J.J. Jansons2016-06-02
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessThe Stash List: Eighth Edition, 2016J.J. Jansons2016-05-26
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessThe Stash List: Seventh Edition, 2016J.J. Jansons2016-05-19
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessThe Stash List: Sixth Edition, 2016J.J. Jansons2016-05-12
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessThe Stash List: Fifth Edition, 2016J.J. Jansons2016-05-05
Youth Movement: Baseball PROSPECT-us MailbagMark Anderson2016-04-29
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessThe Stash List: Fourth Edition, 2016J.J. Jansons2016-04-28
This article requires BP Premium accessThe Stash List: Third Edition, 2016J.J. Jansons2016-04-22
This article requires BP Premium accessWho to Watch: International LeagueChristopher Crawford2016-04-15
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessThe Stash List: Second Edition, 2016J.J. Jansons2016-04-14
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This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessGet to Know: Third Base ProspectsBen Carsley2016-02-04
State of the Position: Third BaseMike Gianella2016-02-01
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessDynasty League Positional Rankings Continued: First Basemen on the Ocean FloorWilson Karaman2016-01-21
Transaction Analysis: Murphy's LawBryan Grosnick2015-12-28
Transaction Analysis: Murphy's LawR.J. Anderson2015-12-28
Transaction Analysis: Murphy's LawBret Sayre2015-12-28
2016 Prospects: Tampa Bay Rays Top 10 ProspectsChristopher Crawford2015-12-10
2016 Prospects: Tampa Bay Rays Top 10 ProspectsBP Prospect Staff2015-12-10
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: September 15, 2015Ian Frazer2015-09-15
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of August 21-23, 2015Jeff Moore2015-08-24
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFree Agent Watch: Week 18J.J. Jansons2015-08-07
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFree Agent Watch: Week 18Keith Cromer2015-08-07
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessThe Stash List: 16th Edition, 2015J.J. Jansons2015-08-06
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: August 5, 2015Chris Mosch2015-08-05
This article requires BP Premium accessMonday Morning Ten Pack: August 3, 2015BP Prospect Staff2015-08-03
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessThe Stash List: 15th Edition, 2015J.J. Jansons2015-07-30
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Wednesday, July 22ndJeff Moore2015-07-23
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This article requires BP Premium accessNotes from the Field: World TeamChristopher Crawford2015-07-13
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessThe Stash List: 13th Edition, 2015J.J. Jansons2015-07-09
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This article requires BP Premium accessGoing Yard: Futures Game: USA BatsRyan Parker2015-07-01
Expert FAAB Review: Week 13Mike Gianella2015-06-30
This article requires BP Premium access2015 Futures Game Preview: The US RosterBP Prospect Staff2015-06-27
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessThe Stash List: 11th Edition, 2015J.J. Jansons2015-06-25
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This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessGet to Know: Third-Base ProspectsBen Carsley2015-01-27
The 2012 Redraft: Whom Would We Pick Now?Baseball Prospectus2014-06-17
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessTTO Scoresheet Podcast: Third BasemenBen Murphy2014-02-14
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessTTO Scoresheet Podcast: Third BasemenIan Lefkowitz2014-02-14
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This article requires BP Premium accessProspects Will Break Your Heart: Tampa Bay Rays Top 10 ProspectsJason Parks2013-02-12


BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2016-12-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)If the Cardinals decided to upgrade at 3B, who would be reasonably available?
(Kingpin from Grinnell, IA)
This is a good question. If we're talking about "upgrade" as in over Jhonny Peraltawho had a couple of performance issues last year, and really isn't optimized as a 3Byou probably don't want to look on the FA market. I mean, Trevor Plouffe is out there and might come cheaply, but I bet you're looking for a more exciting answer. I think the Cards could make a compelling trade offer for Todd Frazier, who looks good in red. Otherwise, I'm not sure. Maybe it's worth taking a flyer on the recently-released Richie Shaffer? The best bet might be going after someone to handle 1B, and keeping Carpenter at third. (Bryan Grosnick)
2016-05-18 19:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Richie Shaffer?
(Dante from Ohio)
Not someone I spend a ton of time thinking about. He's young enough where teams will continue to give him auditions, but really struggled last year in the majors. (George Bissell)
2016-04-14 20:00:00 (link to chat)Are you bullish on Richie Shaffer?
(Eddy from Tennessee)
Not very. I'm not a scout myself, but I tracked 200+ prospects with regards to their rankings across as many sources as I could find and trust, and Shaffer didn't appear on any of those lists. He could hit some bombs in TB should a perfect storm of injuries hit the Rays, but that's a long shot. (Scooter Hotz)
2016-04-12 18:00:00 (link to chat)Richie Shaffer have any impact in 2016 and beyond?
(Donny from Philly)
I think he should be there right now, and I'm honestly a little bit confused why he's not. I like his offensive upside quite a bit. (Christopher Crawford)
2016-03-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)What's the over/under for Steve Pearce at bats in TB? He should play every game against lefties, but with so many left handed bats on the roster, will he get any starts against righties?
(RH from East Coast Bias)
300? Short-side 1B platoon, plus some utility work? I never got why the Rays devoted so much money (comparatively speaking) to Pearce and LoMo. Just give Richie Shaffer the ball already. (Michael Baumann)
2016-03-09 19:00:00 (link to chat)Does Richie Shaffer stick?
(JM from CT)
If he hits, yes. Logan Morrison and James Loney shouldn't be viewed as big time obstacles at first. (Mike Gianella)
2016-02-03 20:00:00 (link to chat)What kind of production would you expect out of Richie Shaffer if he had regular ABs?
(B from Minnesota)
The raw power is immense and he did make some adjustments last year that led to a .270 average in AAA, his best in the upper levels. I think he'd hit some tape measure shots from time to time but major league pitchers would probably chew him up. (Greg Wellemeyer)
2015-11-16 16:00:00 (link to chat)What's your take on Richie Shaffer?
(Cole Whittier from Pasadena, CA)
I think he is terrific and look forward to watching him play next season. (Jonathan Judge)
2015-09-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)With Richie Shaffer's changes at the plate having a positive effect, how do you grade his bat and game power for the future? Can he be a starting 1B for TB for the next few years?
(ColeWhittier from Pasadena)
I haven't seen him this year other than T.V., but my take on him off numerous viewings in past years was that it's a long swing with below average bat speed and a lot of swing and miss. I think it's a 3 or 4 hit tool, but the power is very legit. Useful big league piece for me, but he's not a good fit as a 1B on a playoff team. Tampa Bay has (wisely) shown a preference for better defense at 1B, too. Shaffer big and kind of stiff actions in the field. Fine at 1B, but overall package kind of underwhelms me for a 1B. The threshold to be good there is just so high in the big leagues. Liked Shaffer entering this year and pushed for him on our lists, fwiw. I don't think he's terribly different profile from their 1st rounder last year Gillaspie. (Al Skorupa)
2014-01-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Richie Shaffer(TB) have a chance to be a regular 1B/OF type?
(Chris from Texas)
I have a hard time getting there with Shaffer. I think he's going to struggle to hit, which will limit the in-game power production. If he doesn't have that, he doesn't fit that role very well from an offensive standpoint. (Mark Anderson)
2013-11-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Mark, Here's one right down the middle for you... What is your biggest surprise performance from the AFL so far?
(captnamerca from sinkhole city, FL)
It's hard to say anything is that surpring in the AFL, because strange things happen out there, but if I had to pick one big performance that has surprised me the most, I'd say Richie Shaffer...and that's not a good thing. For a big, strong guy like him, his complete in ability to hit for power in that offensive environment borders on alarming. (Mark Anderson)
2013-07-29 11:00:00 (link to chat)Richie Shaffer, what's holding him back?
(jlarsen from chicago)
Shaffer needs to provide more punch at the plate. If he wants profile as an everyday regular Shaffer is going to need to hit for the power that Third Base requires. (Zach Mortimer)
2013-02-25 11:00:00 (link to chat)What does Richie Shaffer have to do or prove to you that he deserves to be on the BP101?
(jlarsen from Chicago)
Have a better overall profile and continue to rake. If the bat continues, he will be a top 101 guy. (Jason Parks on the Top 101 Prospects)


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