Team co-captain in 2012...corner infielder who has tremendous power...one of the best defensive first-basemen in Clemson history...started most of his games at first base in 2010 and 2011, but is slated to make the move to third base in 2012...a career .318 hitter with a .555 slugging percentage and .426 on-base percentage in 111 games (107 starts) over two seasons...has 26 doubles, two triples, 20 homers, 91 RBIs, 107 runs, 62 walks, 14 hit-by-pitches, and 10 steals...has committed only three errors in his career (.996 fielding percentage)...two-time All-ACC Academic selection...preseason second-team All-American by Perfect Game...preseason first-team All-ACC by CollegeSportsMadness.com...#12 player in the nation in the preseason by College Baseball Daily...#13 prospect in the nation for the 2012 draft in the preseason by Baseball America...#13 junior in the nation in the preseason by Baseball America.
2011: Second-team All-Atlantic Region by ABCA...First-Team All-ACC selection...first-team All-ACC by SEBaseball.com...All-ACC Academic team member...hit .315 with 62 runs, 15 doubles, two triples, 13 homers, 55 RBIs, a .577 slugging percentage, .438 on-base percentage, 44 walks, seven hit-by-pitches, and eight steals in 63 games (63 starts, including 57 at first base and six at third base)...led or tied for the team lead in games, runs, homers, RBIs, total bases (128), slugging percentage, and walks...tied for second in the ACC in runs, tied for second in homers, fourth in slugging percentage, eighth in RBIs, eighth in on-base percentage, ninth in total bases, and tied for ninth in walks...committed only three errors...one of only three Tigers to start every game...had 21 multi-hit games...had a team-high 16 multi-RBI games...had a team-high 27 two-out RBIs...reached base in 32 of 53 plate appearances (60 percent) as the leadoff batter of an inning...named ACC Co-Player-of-the-Week on April 4 for his performance in four games from March 29 to April 1; he went 7-for-15 (.467) with seven runs, a double, triple, grand slam, five RBIs, three walks, and a steal...had an 11-game hitting streak in April...had a 12-game scoring streak in April...went 5-for-13 (.385) with two homers, one double, five RBIs, two runs, four walks, and one steal in four Clemson Regional games...went 2-for-2 with a team-season-high four runs, an RBI, and two walks against Charleston Southern on Feb. 26...hit a two-run homer against #6 Virginia on Mar. 12...went 3-for-3 with an RBI, two runs, and two walks against Duke on Mar. 19...went 3-for-5 with an RBI against Duke on Mar. 20; he was 7-for-12 with two RBIs, three runs, three walks, and a steal in the series...went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs at N.C. State on Mar. 27...went 2-for-4 with a grand slam, three runs, a walk, and steal against Georgia on Mar. 29...went 3-for-4 with a double and three runs at #6 North Carolina on Apr. 3...went 3-for-5 with an RBI against Maryland on Apr. 9...went 2-for-4 with two doubles, two RBIs, and a walk against Maryland on Apr. 10; he was 6-for-13 with two doubles, four RBIs, and three runs in the series...went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBIs in the first game of a doubleheader at Boston College on Apr. 16; he was 5-for-12 (.417) with three doubles, four RBIs, and three runs in the series...went 2-for-3 with a double, two RBIs, two runs, a walk, and steal against Wake Forest on Apr. 24...committed his first career error in his 92nd career game on a groundball against #9 Georgia Tech on May 1; he had 644 career chances without an error before his first error...went 2-for-4 with a double, three RBIs, and a steal in the first game of a doubleheader against Gardner-Webb on May 7...went 3-for-4 with a homer, two RBIs, two runs, and a walk in the second game of a doubleheader against Gardner-Webb on May 7...went 2-for-3 with a homer and walk at Gardner-Webb on May 8; he was 7-for-11 with two homers, one double, six RBIs, four runs, two walks, and one steal in the series...went 2-for-2 with a three-run homer, three runs, and a walk against Davidson on May 17...hit a solo homer with two RBIs and a walk at #4 Florida State on May 21; he hit two homers in the series...went 2-for-5 with a double, two RBIs, and a steal against #8 Georgia Tech in the ACC Tournament on May 25...hit a three-run homer with two outs in the sixth inning to give Clemson the lead for good against N.C. State in the ACC Tournament on May 28...went 3-for-4 with a homer, double, and four RBIs against #21 Coastal Carolina in the Clemson Regional on June 4...went 1-for-2 with a homer and two walks against #16 Connecticut in the Clemson Regional on June 6...#30 sophomore in the nation in the preseason by Baseball America...#4 prospect in the ACC for the 2012 draft in the preseason by Baseball America...#5 prospect in the ACC for the 2012 draft in the preseason by Perfect Game...one of eight participants in the TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby in Omaha, NE on July 2...played for Chatham in the Cape Cod League in the summer, where he hit .263 with 21 runs, 11 doubles, two triples, six homers, 22 RBIs, and 16 walks in 36 games; hit for the cycle in Chatham's 10-4 win over Cotuit on June 17; won the home run derby at Fenway Park prior to the Cape Cod League All-Star game on July 29; named to the Cape Cod League All-Star team...#11 prospect in the Cape Cod League by Baseball America and the #13 prospect by Perfect Game.
2010: All-ACC Academic team member...hit .323 with 45 runs, 11 doubles, seven homers, 36 RBIs, a .409 on-base percentage, and two steals in 48 games (44 starts, including 36 at first base and eight as the DH)...did not commit an error in 327 chances in the field...led the ACC in most chances without an error...was 3-for-4 as a pinch-hitter and 4-for-5 with two homers and four runs in four games off the bench...hit .395 with runners in scoring position...Clemson was 31-13 in his 44 starts, 35-13 in his 48 games, and 6-0 in games he hit a homer...suffered a hamstring injury in late March and missed 17 games...had three homers, three doubles, 12 RBIs, and 11 runs in 11 NCAA Tournament starts...hit a single in his first career plate appearance and scored a run against Miami (OH) on Feb. 19...went 2-for-4 with two runs, including the game-winning run in the eighth inning, and a steal against Wright State on Feb. 27...hit a three-run homer, the first long ball of his career, scored three runs, and had two walks at #15 South Carolina on Mar. 7...came off the bench and hit a two-run homer against Gardner-Webb on Mar. 11...went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs in the first game of a doubleheader against N.C. State on Mar. 13...hit a pinch-hit, solo homer in the first game of a doubleheader against Florida Gulf Coast on May 2...went 2-for-3 with a run against Florida Gulf Coast on May 4; he was 5-for-10 in the series...went 2-for-4 with a double, RBI, and two runs at Wake Forest on May 15...went 3-for-4 with a three-run double against #7 Florida State on May 21...went 2-for-4 with two doubles, two RBIs, and a run against #18 Virginia Tech in the ACC Tournament on May 28...went 2-for-4 with a homer, three RBIs, and three runs against #6 Georgia Tech in the ACC Tournament on May 29; he was 5-for-12 (.417) with a homer, two doubles, five RBIs, and five runs in three ACC Tournament games...went 1-for-3 with a three-run double, two runs, two walks, and started two key double plays in the seventh and eighth innings at #14 Auburn in the Auburn Regional on June 7...went 2-for-5 with a homer, four RBIs, and two runs against #16 Alabama in the Clemson Super Regional on June 13...went 2-for-5 with two homers and three RBIs against #16 Alabama in the Clemson Super Regional on June 14; he was 4-for-13 (.308) with three homers, seven RBIs, and four runs in three Clemson Super Regional games...went 2-for-5 with an RBI and run against #1 Arizona State in the College World Series on June 21...went 1-for-2 with a double, run, and hit-by-pitch against #5 South Carolina in the College World Series on June 25...#30 freshman in the nation and #3 newcomer in the ACC in the preseason by Baseball America...#35 prospect in the nation for the 2012 draft in the preseason by Perfect Game.
Before Clemson: Drafted in the 25th round (#757 overall pick) by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2009...all-state selection as a sophomore, junior, and senior at Providence Senior High School...#3 high school prospect in North Carolina and #28 high school prospect in the nation by Perfect Game...#27 high school prospect in the nation by Baseball America...AFLAC All-American as a junior...2007 USA National Team member...Perfect Game National Showcase selection...hit .401 with 21 homers and 71 RBIs from his freshman to junior seasons...in 88.0 innings pitched, he had a 1.65 ERA and 115 strikeouts from his freshman to junior seasons...East Coast Pro Showcase selection...lettered four times at Providence Senior High, where he was coached by Danny Hignight.
Personal: Two-time member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll...majoring in marketing...born Richard Michael Shaffer on Mar. 15, 1991 in Flemington, NJ.
*Courtesy Clemson Media Guide