The right-handed hitter had a middling season in the Midwest League in 2011 (.242/.301/.367) but came on in the post-season. His difficult 2012 began with subpar numbers at A-Advanced Palm Beach, followed by a demotion back to Class-A and a season-ending quad injury.
Longmire spent all of 2013 back with Palm Beach, with the exception of a brief injury fill-in stint with Springfield. His overall line last season was a disappointing .227/.266/.356/.621.
With the glut of outfielders in the system and the fact he was not yet competitive for Double-A, it is not surprising Longmire was let go rather being given a third shot at Palm Beach in 2014.
Schaffer, 24, had less time to develop. Taken in the 18th round in 2012, the 6-foot-1, 215-pounder was assigned to the Appalachian League and dominated a generally younger group of players. The first baseman led the rookie-level league in doubles, extra-base hits and RBI.
He found the going much tougher in 2013, however. The former Tulane star suffered a wrist injury during spring training camp, delaying his debut with Class-A Peoria until June. Playing at a position where offense is expected, Schaffer did not consistently deliver. The right-handed batter hit 11 home runs and drove in 33 in 311 plate appearances over 75 games. His slash line was a sub-par .214/.273/.388/.661.
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