In search on some lineup help, the Rays have called up third base/first base prospect and former first-round draft pick Richie Shaffer from Triple-A for his MLB debut.
Shaffer struggled in 2013 and 2014, but he’s always had plenty of power and has hit .263 with 23 homers and a .900 OPS in 94 games between Double-A and Triple-A this season.
He’s not a top prospect, but Shaffer’s walk-drawing, power-hitting ability gives him a chance to be a useful right-handed bat for the Rays. Tampa Bay has scored 3.6 runs per game this season to rank dead last among AL teams.
White Sox prospect–and brother of NBA star Klay Thompson–Trayce Thompson has been called up from Triple-A to make his MLB debut.
Thompson was a second-round pick in the 2009 draft out of high school and has logged more than 3,000 plate appearances in the minors, hitting just .241 with a .319 slugging percentage and .429 slugging percentage.
He’s spent this season at Triple-A, batting .260 with 13 homers, 11 steals, and a .744 OPS in 104 games as a 24-year-old.
He’s never been able to post strong batting averages, which holds Thompson back as an overall player, but he has 20-homer power and 20-steal speed along with the ability to play all three outfield spots defensively.
Dayan Viciedo, who played for the White Sox from 2010-2014 before being dropped this offseason, has re-signed with the team on a minor-league contract.
Dating back to February he’s been released by the White Sox, Blue Jays, and A’s while hitting just .228 with one homer and a .617 OPS in 32 games at Triple-A.
Viciedo is still just 26 years old and has 25-homer power when playing at his best, but his bad defense and total lack of plate discipline makes him ill-suited for more than a part-time role. He’ll have to put together a good stretch in the minors to get another chance in Chicago.