Shaffer’s Big Week Earns Him International League Player of the Week
Bob Toth | On 16, Jun 2017
Columbus outfielder Richie Shaffer was selected as the International League’s Player of the Week on Monday for his efforts the previous week from June 5 through June 11.
Shaffer, who spent the week in the lineup in left field, right field, and designated hitter, tallied a dozen hits in 30 trips to the plate over the course of the week and hit the ball well, putting up a .414/.433/.828 slash in seven games.
The Clippers faced both the Louisville Bats and the Indianapolis Indians throughout the week and Shaffer was on the field in every game of the two series. He was 6-for-15 against Louisville and followed it up with a 6-for-14 effort against Indianapolis.
In the series opener with the Bats on Monday, June 5, he was 2-for-4 at the plate as the team’s DH. He drove in four runs on the night, with all coming courtesy of a third inning grand slam for his eleventh home run of the season. He added a double and a walk and scored two runs in the game.
He was 2-for-4 on Tuesday with a single and a double and added two more singles and a run batted in in the third game of the series on Wednesday. In the finale on Thursday, he was held hitless.
The Clippers hosted the Indians, the Pittsburgh affiliate, on Friday before playing the final two games back in Indianapolis. Shaffer had another big game in the opener, coming up a triple short of the cycle. He hit his 12th homer of the season with a two-run shot in the first to give the Clippers a 3-0 lead. The cleanup man singled in the third and stole second base and doubled with one out in the fifth. He struck out and flied out in his final two at bats of the game.
He had a pair of singles, a run scored, and a run batted in on Saturday and hit a solo homer around three strikeouts in the series finale on Sunday.
He finished the week 12-for-29 with a walk, three doubles, three homers, and nine RBI.
It was the third weekly honor of the career of the former first round pick in the 2012 draft out of Clemson by the Tampa Bay Rays. He previously took home Player of the Week nods in 2015 and 2016 while playing with Tampa’s Triple-A affiliate in Durham.
Shaffer was claimed off of waivers by the Indians over the winter and designated for assignment a few days later. He was outrighted to Columbus on February 2 and has spent the season with the Clippers, appearing in 57 games through last Sunday with a .271/.365/.519 line at the plate with eleven doubles, 13 homers, and 48 RBI.