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Arizona Diamondbacks’ Have Potential Ace In 2013 MLB Draft Pick Braden Shipley

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Braden Shipley is a right-hander from the University Of Nevada. He was taken with the 15th pick by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2013 First Year Player Draft. This also makes him the highest pick in any sport in Wolf Pack history. He has a great fastball that tops out at 98 mph, to go along with an improving curve ball, and a plus change up. He went 7-3 with a 2.77 ERA while striking out 102 batters in 107 2/3 innings this season for Nevada. He has the potential to be a future ace for the Diamondbacks. Arizona also believes that because he has only been pitching full time for a couple of seasons, there is more room for growth than most college pitchers.

By Chris Lacey (Featured Baseball Columnist)

Arizona Diamondbacks have one of the deepest farm systems in all of baseball, in terms of quality arms. They have Patrick Corbin pitching great for them this season, and Tyler Skaggs has already made two starts for them.

There is another pitcher they have in Archie Bradley, who is pitching lights out for Double-A Mobile and could be an ace for them in the rotation.

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Daniel Hudson was expected to join the rotation this season. The chances of that happening are not grreat.

Daniel Hudson was expected to join the rotation this season. The chances of that happening are all but over. This is a major setback for him, but hopefully he will pitch for Arizona next season. The only good news is that the Diamondbacks have depth in the minors to make up for this devastating loss.

When the team decided to go with a pitcher for the 15th pick in this year’s draft, this came as not a surprise to me. The shock was the type of pitcher that was available to them, and it seems they have found another potential ace for their organization.

The pitchers they have in their system are great, but none of them possesses a blazing fastball that can the blow the opposition away. The only prospect who throws hard is Bradley, but that is about to change with Braden Shipley.

He is a right-handed pitcher from the University of Nevada, and he is a converted infielder. Shipley was a two-way player in high school, and was recruited as a shortstop.

He did not become a pitcher until his sophomore year in college, and has had no issues with switching positions. He is very athletic, and that is one of the criteria that Arizona looks for in drafting a player. Another thing that is unique about him is that his cousin is Jordan Shipley. 

Since that he just starting pitching not too long ago, he has a very live arm. The one thing that jumps out about him is his plus fastball; he can touch 98 mph with this pitch. For him his fastball normally sits in the range between 93-95 mph. The velocity is not the only aspect that is impressive.

The other pitches he has in his arsenal are a curveball and a very good changeup. The changeup for him is his best pitch, and scouts believe he has the best one in this draft class. The curveball for him will improve, as he gets more comfortable with throwing the pitch.

The great thing about his approach is that he is not afraid to pitch inside to opposing hitters and is not afraid to challenge them either. He is a good athlete by nature and makes difficult plays look routine.

Once he does sign with the snakes and is assigned to a minor league affiliate, he will be the second best prospect in their farm system behind only Bradley.

Arizona is off to a surprising start and are led by their pitching staff. The unknown coming into this season was could Ian Kennedy show the form that allowed him to win 21 games in 2011, and the answer to that question is no.

However, Corbin has picked up the slack for the rotation in a big way. He leads the NL in wins with nine and has yet to lose a game this season. Kennedy is not the only starter that has struggled; Brandon McCarthy has had his fair share of problems as well and is now on the DL.

The person that Corbin edged out to earn the fifth in the rotation Skaggs is now part of the staff due to McCarthy being injured. So far in his two starts, Skaggs has looked great and that knee-buckling curveball of his is a great weapon for him to have.

Arizona has plenty of pitching and you may wonder why they would use a draft pick to get another arm. There is saying in baseball and it rings true every year “A team can never have too much pitching.”

They were expecting to get Daniel Hudson back sometime around the middle of July, but he had a setback in his recovery process. He recently tore a ligament in the arm he had surgery on about a year ago.

The team is exploring all medical options, but it looks like he will have to go under the knife again. This is a major blow to the team, because they thought he could make an immediate impact upon rejoining the rotation.

This begs the question if they would consider making Bradley part of the rotation should Kennedy and McCarthy continue to pitch poorly. Arizona has said numerous times, that they want him to spend the rest of the year in Mobile.

That might be a hard pill for them to swallow if they can only get consistency from Corbin and Wade Miley.

Shipley could be the steal of the draft for Arizona, and I like the idea of having two future aces be part of the Diamondbacks rotation for years to come.

Archie Bradley is another one of the prized pitchers that the snakes have in the minors.

Archie Bradley is another one of the prized pitchers that the snakes have in the minors. He is dominating the opposition in Mobile this season. He is 5-1 with a 1.12 ERA, and he has struck out 41 batters in 4o IP. The key to his success this season is he has worked on improving his control. He  has walked 21 batters, but has managed to keep his WHIP very respectable at 1.15. That is low because he is only giving up 5.6 H/9. Bradley could see time this season if Arizona does not get any consistency from their rotation besides Miley and Corbin.

*** The views and opinions expressed in this report are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of mlbreports.com or their partners.***

A big thank-you goes out to our ”Diamondbacks Correspondent’ and busy Baseball Writer Chris Lacey. Chris has been a fan of watching baseball since the age of 13. Now he does like all sports – but his favorites after baseball are  hockey and basketball.  Chris is very good with computers and is a college graduate.  

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