The Tampa Bay Rays are looking for power. Now, they think that prospect Richie Shaffer may be able to provide it.
The Rays, last in the American League in scoring, have promoted Shaffer, a power-hitting first baseman, to the big club. Shaffer has 23 home runs at Durham and Montgomery this season. He had 19 a year ago. He is only hitting .262, and he only hit .222 last season, so Shaffer might not quite be ready. But given the offensive woes, who can afford to wait?
Shaffer was the team’s No. 1 draft pick out of Clemson in 2012.
Shaffer was expected to join the team in time for Monday night’s game against the Chicago White Sox.