Providence High third baseman/pitcher Richie Shaffer was picked by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 25th round of Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday.
Shaffer, 6-foor-4 and 190 pounds, was 7-1 with a save and a 0.64 ERA this season, despite midseason hand surgery. He batted .385, with three home runs, a .667 slugging percentage and a .613 on-base percentage.
Shaffer, who signed with Clemson, was projected to be picked much higher. But the injury and subsequent repair of the hammate bone in his left (non-throwing) hand may have pushed him down many draft lists.
He was All-Observer as a sophomore and junior. This year's team will be announced Sunday.
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