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Justin Shafer came to terms with the Toronto Blue Jays and will soon begin his professional career in the minors.

Tuesday June 10, 2014UF's Justin Shafer Signs With Toronto Blue Jays

Gainesville, Fla.

Justin Shafer came to terms with the Toronto Blue Jays and will soon begin his professional career in the minors.

Right-hander/outfielder Justin Shafer, a member of the 2014 Gator baseball team, signed with the Toronto Blue Jays and will forgo his final year of eligibility at the University of Florida. He had been taken in the eighth round at No. 234 overall following his junior campaign.

 

Shafer made 18 appearances on the mound for the SEC Champion Gators, including a pair of starts, and was 1-0 with a 4.17 ERA in 36.2 innings. The righty had 27 strikeouts and issued seven walks. He also started 29 games as a position player, 15 in left field, 12 in right fielder and two as UF’s designated hitter, and hit .211 with 12 walks, 10 RBI and 10 runs.

 

As a sophomore in 2013, Shafer started all 59 games (39-RF, 11-LF, 9-DH, 4-P). He tied for second on the Gators with a .300 batting average and was among the SEC leaders with 17 doubles. The Lake Wales, Fla., native scored 30 runs, totaled 25 RBI, tied for the team lead with five homers and drew 16 walks. He paced Florida’s offense with 18 multiple-hit games and was second on the club with six multiple-RBI efforts. The right-hander totaled nine pitching appearances and was 1-1 with a 5.20 ERA in 27.2 innings with 26 strikeouts.

 

During his freshman campaign, Shafer appeared in 50 games, with 44 starts (41-LF, 2-RF, 1-DH), and batted .284 with 27 RBI, 13 walks, 11 runs, eight doubles and eight sacrifice flies. He also made six relief appearances totaling six innings and was 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA, with seven strikeouts and one walk.

 

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