Rays Next-in-line Players, Position-by-Position
Sep 27, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Richie Shaffer (36) dives for and misses a pop foul hit by Toronto Blue Jays right fielderJose Bautista
(not pictured) in the first inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
3B/1B – Richie Shaffer – 24 years old – MLB
He already has some MLB seasoning but is still considered a prospect. While many have him pegged as a future 1B, he’s more than capable of handling the hot corner should the Rays require him to. With Evan Longoria not being the youngest guy around, it’s nice to have security like Shaffer around.
Not only is Shaffer capable of handling 3B defensively but an argument can be made that he can also provide the tough out and pop that Longoria provides. He doesn’t have the same hitting ability, but if that’s the only downgrade – and a slight defensive one – when the change is needed it’s about as good as you can expect.
Other: Patrick Leonard spent 3/4 of his time at 3B in AA but was subsequently moved to 1B. He can cover either position at this point.
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