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Kevin Goldstein's take:
It's rare to find the best college hitter in the draft at 25, and despite being linked to athletes like Davis and Lewis Brinson, Tampa Bay ended Shaffer's slide. If he's a third baseman, he's a steal here. If he has to move to first, he belongs here.Personally, I see Shaffer eventually moving to RF or LF rather than 1st base. The sooner the better, ideally. Assuming Shaffer follows the Mikie Mahtook path of playing with high-A in his first full-season (2013), Charlotte figures to have Tyler Goeddel coming up from Bowling Green to play 3B. A potential 2013 Charlotte outfield of Josh Sale, Drew Vettleson, and Richie Shaffer might be a tick below-average defensively, but all three can hit.
While we're here, though, here's Goldstein's pre-draft report on him:
Who he is: No college hitter is more likely to make an offensive impact in the big leagues than Shaffer. He's the rare combination of power, patience, but also pure hitting ability, as he should put up good numbers in all three triple-slash categories. The issue is that many see him as a bat-only prospect who will need to move to first base as a pro, with an outside chance at sticking in a corner.Draft Skinny: In a draft that is especially thin on college hitters, Shaffer's ability stands out and is attracting nearly every team drafting in the early teens.This Tampa Bay Times article has some quotes from Shaffer and scouting director R.J. Harrison.
Snakin the Southland has Shaffer's college stats.
Future Redbirds had a nice round-up of some pre-draft notes on him.