Rays Ink First Round Pick Richie Shaffer

The Rays have come to terms with 2012 first round draft pick Richie Shaffer. The signing was made official via press release by the team early Friday afternoon. Inside are more details on the signing.

The Tampa Bay Rays have signed third baseman Richie Shaffer, who was the 25th-overall pick in this year's draft. With the signing, the Rays have inked 37 of their 40 selections, including the top 28.

The deal with the 21-year-old is reported to be for a signing bonus of $1.71 million, which is just below the slot value of $1,725,000 assigned under baseball's new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

As a junior at Clemson University this season, he finished with a .336 batting average (78-for-232), 10 home runs, 46 RBI, 63 walks, a .573 slugging percentage and a .480 on-base percentage. He ranked 11th in the ACC in batting average, fifth in slugging percentage, tied for first in walks, third in on-base percentage and tied for seventh in home runs.

Shaffer will report to Short-Season A Hudson Valley to begin his pro career.

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