2012 Draft Scouting Report: Richie Shaffer

Scouting reports are the foundation of the talent evaluation system, and the reports that are used on draft day are developed from multiple viewings over the course of a player's amateur career. As part of our 2012 draft coverage here at Scout.com, we'll be providing team quality first-hand scouting reports on the names you need to know on draft day. Here's a look at infielder, Richie Shaffer.

Name: Richie Shaffer
Position: Infield
School: Clemson
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 205
Bats/Throws: R/R

Events Scouted: Cape Cod League

Physical Description

Shaffer is an average athlete. His long, wiry frame would lead you to believe he's a better than average athlete, but he's not quite at that level. He moves well, but his foot speed and agility aren't the most impressive parts of his game.


One of Shaffer's greatest strengths is his plus bat speed. He can turn around the best fastballs and loves the ball inside. He drops the bat head on the ball nicely and shows a great comfort level driving the ball to the opposite field. Plate discipline is also a major strength for Shaffer. He rarely expands the zone and seems to recognize the breaking ball well.


Few can challenge Shaffer's pure power in this draft class. And, it's not just raw power. Shaffer shows plus power in game action in just about every setting he's played in. Wood bats have proven to be no challenge for him, as he showed tremendous carry to the middle of the field on the Cape last summer. He profiles as a potential 30 home run bat at the next level.


Position is a significant question mark in Shaffer's game. He's playing third base at Clemson, but may eventually find himself at first base as a professional. His consistency at third base isn't there and he may simply outgrow the position over time. A corner outfield spot isn't out of the question either.


Shaffer isn't quite the speedy runner that his long frame would lead you to believe but he's still a solid-average runner. And, he also runs the bases quite well and is capable of stealing a base. His game is hitting the ball out of the park, but he can help a team on the bases as well.


What Shaffer will give a club this June is a low risk power bat. He doesn't have a lot of holes in his swing, he's short to the baseball, and has the plate discipline to go with that booming home run power. His defense leaves some question marks, but there's not much to dislike about his bat.

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