Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Providence High's Shaffer drafted by L.A. Dodgers

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.

- Cliff Mehrtens


Anonymous said...

Congrats Richie!!!
Luke Bard was also drafted by the redsox in the 16th round!!