Braden Shipley, RHP, University of Nevada
Class: Junior; Height: 6-3; Weight: 190; Position: RHP
Shipley, a relatively new convert to the mound, has transformed himself from a serviceable infielder with middling offensive potential into an early first round pick as a starting pitcher, potentially finding his way into the front half of the first round.
After hitting .287/.370/.375 and making just five appearances on the mound as a true freshman, Shipley spent the entire 2012 season as a starting pitcher, averaging 8.05 K/9 and 3.66 BB/9 in 98.1 innings. And this season the 6-foot-3 right-hander showed improved control (2.85 BB/9) and a slight increase in strikeouts (8.55 K/9).
Projection: Obviously, as a former infielder Shipley is likely more athletic than most hurlers, and the wear-and-tear on his right arm isn’t as great either. He looks like a decent bet to develop into a mid rotation-type guy with a peak as a good #2. He could have a a higher ceiling than most college pitchers not named Jonathan Gray and Mark Appel because of a lack of experience.
Ceiling: 3.5-win player
Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Moderate
Drafted: Top Ten
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