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Shaffer's two homers help power Triple-A Durham

Rays No. 20 prospect goes 4-for-4 in Bulls' win; sits in third place among Minor Leaguers in homers
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Rays No. 20 prospect Richie Shaffer was a perfect 4-for-4 with two home runs in Triple-A Durham's 10-8 win over Charlotte, pushing his season total to 21 roundtrippers.

That number is currently good for third in the Minor Leagues, behind Twins No. 12 prospect Adam Brett Walker (23) and Astros No. 11 prospect A.J. Reed (22). Shaffer, a first-round Draft pick in 2012, has increased his homer total in all four of his Minor League seasons and just passed his 2014 total -- and previous career-high -- of 19.

Rays No. 20 prospect Richie Shaffer was a perfect 4-for-4 with two home runs in Triple-A Durham's 10-8 win over Charlotte, pushing his season total to 21 roundtrippers.

That number is currently good for third in the Minor Leagues, behind Twins No. 12 prospect Adam Brett Walker (23) and Astros No. 11 prospect A.J. Reed (22). Shaffer, a first-round Draft pick in 2012, has increased his homer total in all four of his Minor League seasons and just passed his 2014 total -- and previous career-high -- of 19.

"I felt like I had a good day," Shaffer told MiLB.com. "I just saw some good pitches to hit and didn't miss them."

The former Clemson Tiger, who was invited to the 2015 Futures All-Star Game, been a force across two levels this season. He was promoted from Double-A Montgomery after swatting seven homers and 27 RBIs in 39 games and has totaled 14 dingers and 24 RBIs since joining the Bulls late May.

Shaffer's homers tend to come in bunches. He ripped two in his Durham debut on May 24 and racked up three on June 12.

"No one has higher expectations for me than me," Shaffer told MiLB.com. "I always expect to go out there and produce at a high level because of the work I put in. I think people tend to develop at their own pace. I made some adjustments when I needed to make them."

Alex M. Smith

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