If he plays in a game with Tampa Bay, he will become the 53rd former Tiger to play in the major leagues and the first to play with the Rays. The team is expected to make a formal announcement of Shaffer's promotion prior to its 8:10 p.m., game against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.
After starting the season with the Rays' AA affiliate, Montgomery (Ala.), Shaffer
was promoted in May to AAA Durham (N.C.), where he hit .265 with 16 home runs in 55
games. In 368 career minor league games in the Rays' organization from 2012-15, he
has 57 homers and 222 RBIs.
Shaffer was one of the best all-around first-basemen in Clemson history during his
time as a Tiger from 2010-12. He was a career .325 hitter with a .448 on-base
percentage in 174 games. He also totaled 47 doubles, four triples, 30 homers, 137
RBIs, 156 runs and 18 steals. Shaffer, who played third base in 2012, was a
two-time, First-Team All-ACC selection, as he became the first Tiger in history to
be named First-Team All-ACC at two different infield positions over the course of a
Before he was drafted in the first round (No. 25 overall pick) by the Rays, he
earned first-team All-America honors by Perfect Game as a junior in 2012, when he
hit .336 with 21 doubles, 10 homers, 46 RBIs and a .480 on-base percentage.
Shaffer also earned First-Team All-ACC honors in 2011 after hitting .315 with 13
homers and 55 RBIs. As a freshman in 2010, he batted .323 with seven homers and 36
RBIs in 48 games. Shaffer tallied three homers, three doubles, 12 RBIs and 11 runs
in 11 NCAA Tournament starts during Clemson's run to the 2010 College World Seires.
Shaffer gets the call
CUTigers.com Top Stories
TIGERS WIN 7-2, SWEEP C OF C!Reed Rohlman is 10 of his last 13 and upped his average to .413, going 3-3 with a HR, two doubles and a HBP, as #3 Clemson cruised past Monte Lee's alma mater, College of…
CUTigers.comYesterday at 7:40 PM
TIGERS WIN 11-0 TO TAKE SERIES!Alex Eubanks struck out 12 and walked none in a 116-pitch, complete-game 11-0 shutout of #17 Wake Forest in the first half of a doubleheader, putting #3 Clemson in position for…
CUTigers.comSaturday at 2:30 PM
SWEPT UGAIN!Tyler Jackson allowed just one earned run, and Chris Williams broke the game open with a 3-run homer to lead #3 Clemson to a 9-7 win over UGA for the season sweep!
ANOTHER 11TH INNING WALK-OFF WIN FOR TIGERS!#4 Clemson beat Charleston Southern 6-5 for its second 11-inning win of the season in walk-off fashion, thanks to the bull pen, Logan Davidson, Reed Rohlman and Rudy Cox, who…
ANOTHER 5-STAR IS ALL IN!Shortly before the Clemson Orange & White Game, Dabo and the staff received an enormous commitment from 5-Star 2018 DE Xavier Thomas, ranked as high as #1 overall recruit in the…