The Rays have signed first-round pick Richie Shaffer for $1.71 million.
Some scouting directors considered Shaffer the best offensive player from the college crop in this year's draft. The Clemson third baseman hit .336 with 10 homers and 63 walks in 63 games this spring. He shows power to all fields and has the arm strength for the hot corner.
Shaffer's bonus was $15,000 less than the assigned $1,725,000 value for his No. 25 overall slot. Tampa Bay has saved $46,700 versus its bonus pool for the top 10 rounds.
View our Rays Draft Database here.
Note: The original version of this blog post incorrectly reported Shaffer's bonus as $1,712,500.
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