Baseball America named former University of Nevada pitcher Braden Shipley as the number two prospect in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization. Another pitcher, Archie Bradley was named the top prospect in the organization. Shipley became the highest drafted athlete in the history of the University of Nevada when he was selected 15th by the Diamondbacks in the 2013 MLB Draft.
Shipley earned Western Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year honors as a sophomore after going 9-4 with a conference low 2.20 ERA. After the Pack switched conferences to the Mountain West he was named the co-MW Pitcher of the Year. In his junior season he was 7-3 with a 2.77 ERA had 102 strikeouts in 107.1 innings on the mound. The 102 strikeouts is the seventh best season in school history.
Somewhat ironic, Shipley spent his freshman season as the Pack's starting shortstop making just five appearances on the mound. He earned second-team All-WAC honors after batting .287 with seven doubles and 19 RBI. After becoming the Pack's ace his sophomore season he progressed into a first-round MLB selection.
In three seasons he compiled a 17-7 record with a 2.79 ERA and 203 strikeouts in 216 innings on the mound. The 203 strikeouts ranks sixth in school history and .708 winning percentage is ninth.
Shipley could once again pitch in Reno as the Diamondbacks triple-A affiliate is the Reno Aces.