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Shafer Strong in New Role

Shafer won 11 with Peoria (PHOTO/DENNIS SIEVERS)

Aaron Shafer wasn't quite sure what to think when the Chicago Cubs told him he'd be in the bullpen for the start of the 2010 season. That's only fair for a high-round 2008 draft pick who didn't envision himself in a relief role less than two years into his pro career.

When Shafer was taken in the second round from Wichita State, there was little doubt that the Cubs saw him as a starter for the future. A durable arm as a starter throughout his prep and collegiate careers, he had never pitched with much frequency in the bullpen. The right-hander began his pro career at short-season Boise in 2008 by making seven starts and then followed that up last season with...

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