The Tampa Bay Rays have reached a deal with first-round pick Richie Shaffer, reports Jim Callis of Baseball America.
A third baseman out of Clemson, the twenty-fifth overall pick in last month's draft, Shaffer hit .336/.477/.565 with 10 home runs in 63 games for the Tigers this season. Shaffer boasts powers to all fields and is believed to have a strong enough arm to remain at third base when he begins his professional career.
Shaffer's agreement leaves Kevin Gausman, Lucas Giolito and Mark Appel as the only first-round picks yet to sign. Gausman is reportedly working his way towards a $4.2 million deal, while Giolito and Appel are still holding out just hours from the deadline.
Will all the first-round draftees sign contracts before tonight's deadline?