With the 25th-overall pick, the Rays picked Clemson third baseman Richie Shaffer. Shaffer is the best all-around college bat in the draft and provides good value for Tampa Bay. He's blocked at third base by Evan Longoria, but that position is going to be a work in progress for him anyway and he could move to right field.
From a lean, 6-foot-3, 210-pound frame, Shaffer has big-time power that hasn't been affected by college baseball's less-potent bats. He also hits for average, succeeding even against premium velocity, and can use the whole field.
Here is video of Richie Shaffer facing Duke righthander Marcus Stroman this spring.
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