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The Indians have released Richie Shaffer

The former Rays first round pick had struggled at the plate with Triple-A Columbus this season

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The Cleveland Indians have released minor league infielder Richie Shaffer.

The former first round draft pick, selected 25th overall by the Tampa Bay Rays in 2012, spent last season with the Triple-A Columbus Clippers, where he slashed .227/.338/.464. with 30 home runs and 89 RBI. In his second year with the Clippers, Shaffer has struggled, batting .164/.216/.310 through 32 games and 125 plate appearances this season.

Shaffer made his major league debut with the Rays in 2015, but the 24-year-old produced pedestrian numbers before being traded to the Seattle Mariners following the 2016 season. The Mariners released him a month later and Shaffer bounced around the waiver wire until the Indians organization finally claimed him in January 2017.