Former Clemson standout called up by Rays


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Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Former Clemson standout Richie Shaffer was called up by the Tampa Bay Rays from Triple-A Durham on Wednesday according to team officials.

Shaffer batted .227 with eight homers, 41 RBIs, and a .335 on-base percentage this season with the Durham Bulls.

In 2015, he batted .189 with four homers, six RBIs, and a .307 on-base percentage with the Rays his rookie season (31 games).

The former Clemson product was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the first round (25th overall) of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft.

Official Clemson Bio - 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.

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