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Richie Shaffer

Posted: 6/11/2009 12:49 AM

Richie Shaffer 


Clemson finally found an elite player that was committed to going to college. According to The State, Richie rejected a team's offer to be a supplemental first round draft pick. This is outstanding news for the Clemson baseball program and the kind of thing we haven't seen in years. Other schools have had this kind of luck, but not Clemson. Apparently, it's finally Clemson's turn. He's big, strong and plays hard and will fit in just great in Tigertown. He's also very young, having just turned 18 in March according to the draft board.
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Posted: 6/12/2009 7:45 AM

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One Scouts opinion ,

 

Richie Shaffer, 3B/RHP, Providence HS

Richie Shaffer, was one of the hardest players to peg this season. He has shown premium power tools both as a hitter and pitcher, and Clemson covets him as a two-way recruit. The Tigers’ chances to get him improved when he injured his left hand in December and then had surgery at the end of March to repair a broken hamate bone. Scouts like Shaffer better as a position player because he has lots of leverage in his swing, plus raw power and a third-base arm.

Shaffer likely would need top-three-round money to pass up his Clemson scholarship, and teams may be reluctant to pay that after his hand injury.

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Posted: 6/12/2009 10:42 AM

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Regardless of what some scout thought, apparently the hand injury didn't keep a team from offering to draft him in the supplemental first round, only to have him turn it down. He was offered a bunch of money to bypass college and rejected that offer. Too many times in the past that hasn't happened at Clemson and it's a credit to the young man for sticking with the commitment he made to Clemson.
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Posted: 6/13/2009 7:07 PM

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Please post where it says directly from the player'm mouth that he was offered to be a first round supplemental player but turned it down.

That's BS about this not happening for years, there have been plenty of players who came to Clemson rather than go pro, Andy D, Harbin, Kopp, Widman, Moskos, Berkin to name a few, all turned down draft offers to come play at Clemson. You also have a lot of incoming players who said no to scouts and chose to come to Clemson, therefore not drafted, you just don't know about it.

Did you know that?

Last edited 6/13/2009 7:21 PM by BornInOrange

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Posted: 6/21/2009 4:48 PM

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Ok, I read where he said he turned down supplemental, see what supplemental was lst year for those picks, then compute after taxes and agent, not enough to go pro. BTW, I know of players that turned down that kind of money to play at Clemson and other programs, some ultimately didn't even get drafted. Some do that, out of respect for the programs and so the scout that drafts them doesn't get fired and makes them more credible in 3 more years.
The thing is they just didn't shout it out to the world, they quietly said no and so that took them out of the draft equation.
For those that DID sign and never attended, were they really missed, why is this brought up all of the time, we are always reminded these discussions should only include Clemson players.
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Posted: 6/22/2009 12:22 AM

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You really do go out of your way to run down the Clemson program. You refuse to allow Clemson ANY success at all. I proved to you where Richie turned down a first round supplemental draft pick and you proceed to minimize its impact. Let me tell you AGAIN, this is the kind of thing that hasn't happened at Clemson in a very long time. None of the players you mentioned originally was anywhere NEAR the caliber of Richie Shaffer or Madison Younginer. I appreciate their contributions to the Clemson program, but they aren't the elite players that the others are. Jason Berken didn't sign with Clemson until AFTER the draft; Tim Corbin found him at a tournament the summer before his freshman year. I don't know what Clemson did that made you so bitter, but it really isn't very nice of you. I guess you never bothered to consider that maybe there are elite players that really do want to go to college. Just because Sully never managed to get them to come to school doesn't mean they don't exist.
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Posted: 6/22/2009 9:02 PM

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I am not sure what I have said has put down the Clemson program or player in anyway.
The draft is about signability. Some players who are "elite" don't even get drafted because their commitment is very strong to college, while other
players move ahead in the draft because they will take the slot. The player decides what he feels it is worth to give up college, and for many players, 600-700K isn't going to cut it and for some it will. A player has an option to sign an NLI and later choose to sign out of HS if he so desires.
I am a strong beleiver that college should be a first option, others don't see it that way. All these kids ultimately want to do is play professional ball and they all have different ways to achieve that.
Clemson is not the only program where kids have not come, UNC, an example, they got hit so hard last year, I know because I have two friends who turned pro and Fox was not happy, but he new when he signed them they might not show up.

Having elite players doesn't guarantee success or a trip to Omaha, you can have a bunch of "scrubs" and win the chanpionship (Fresno, Oregon), team chemistry weighs much heavier than anything else.

If I remember correctly you were thrilled that most of the 2004 class didn't get drafted, but you have no clue what may or may not have been offered to them. Now they were just contributors. Well, those bunch of contributors were the first team to get to Omaha, since when, 2002?
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