Shipley to play in MLB All-Star Futures Game Sunday

Shipley_Braden (1).jpgFormer University of Nevada pitcher Braden Shipley has been selected to play in the MLB All-Star Futures Game on Sunday in Minneapolis at 2 p.m. PT.  The game will be played at Target Field the site of Tuesday's MLB All-Star game at 2 p.m. PT and will air on the MLB Network.  Shipley will play for the U.S. team versus the World team.

Shipley the number two prospect in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization is currently 5-6 with a 4.40 ERA this season having played in Visalia, Calif. and South Bend, Ind.  He has struck out 89 and walked just 27. 

The Medford, Ore. native was the highest drafted player in Nevada history being selected 15th overall by the Diamondbacks.

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.

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