College Draft Profile: Braden Shipley

 

Braden Shipley, RHP, University of Nevada

Class: Junior; Height: 6-3; Weight: 190; Position: RHP

Updated: 06/02/13

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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After serving as a video scout/analyst for Baseball Info Solutions, Joe Werner began writing at his original site, ReleasePoints.com. He’s since transitioned into his current niche, prospect analysis, at ProspectDigest.com. He has been fortunate — and incredibly blessed — to have some of his work published and mentioned by several major media outlets, including: ESPN, Cleveland.com and the Baseball Research Journal. He can be reached at: JosephMWerner@yahoo.com.


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