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Pack Rich MLB Draft History

Shipley_Braden (1).jpgUniversity of Nevada baseball has a long and rich history of players being selected in the Major League Baseball draft but Thursday's 2013 draft should produce a first.  Junior pitcher Braden Shipley is projected to be not only be a first-round selection, but a top-10 overall pick.  Shipley has a career record of 17-7 with 203 strikeouts in 216 innings pitched and a 2.79 ERA in his three seasons at Nevada.

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 has progressed into a first-round MLB selection.

Shipley joins Mountain West players DJ Peterson from New Mexico and Aaron Judge from Fresno State as projected first round selections.  Click on this link to watch the MW preview of these three potential first round selections.

Five Wolf Pack players were selected in the second run but none in round one.  Pitcher Darrell Rasner was the highest selection going 46th overall to the then Montreal Expos in 2002.  Outfielder and current ESPN analyst Chris Singleton was taken by the San Francisco Giants with pick number 48 in 1993.  Rob Richie, the first ever Nevada player selected in the second round,  was chosen by the Detroit Tigers with the 53rd pick in 1987.

Pitcher Chad Qualls, a current member of the Miami Marlins, was the 67th pick in 2000 by the Houston Astros.  Qualls pitched in the World Series for the Astros in 2005.  Catcher Brett Hayes was the Pack's most recent second-round selection going to the Florida Marlins with 79th pick in 2005.  Hayes is currently playing for the triple-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals in Omaha, Neb.

In the history of Nevada baseball, 18 players have played in Major League Baseball: Ed Plank Rob Richie, Shawn Barton, Singleton, Corky Miller, Lyle Overbay, Andy Dominque, Qualls, Ryan Church, Chris Prieto, Rasner, Joe Inglett, Kevin Kouzmanoff, Eddie Bonine, Chris Dickerson, Hayes, Chris Gimenez and Konrad Schmidt.  Overbay, Qualls and Dickerson are currently on MLB rosters.





Dickerson Goes Deep Twice

Former Nevada freshman All-America Chris Dickerson homered twice on Tuesday night in the Baltimore Orioles 3-2 victory over the New York Yankees.  Dickerson's first home in the third inning tied the game at one and his second was a monster shot that went 406 feet to tie the game in the fifth inning at two.  The Orioles won 3-2 on a walk-off home run by Nate McClouth in the bottom of the 10th.

Dickerson earned the start in center field for the Orioles and was 3-for-4 with the two home runs.  It was the first two home run game of his career.

Dickerson played three seasons at Nevada from 2001-03 and earned Collegiate Baseball freshman All-America honors in 2001.  Originally drafted by the Cincinnati Reds he also played for the Brewers, Yankees and joined the Orioles this season.  In 15 games this season he is batting .371 with three home runs and eight RBI.

Shipley, Byler And Klein Named To March Madness MW Baseball Teams

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Nevada's Braden Shipley, Austin Byler and Brooks Klein have been named to March Madness Mountain West baseball teams.   Shipley, the Wolf Pack's ace pitcher, was named the first team as was Byler the team's third baseman while Klein earned second team honors in the outfield.

Shipley is 7-3 on the season with a 2.81 ERA in 99.1 innings on the mound.  He tops the team in wins, ERA, innings pitched and strikeouts with 94.  Shipley, from Medford, Ore., was 5-1 with a 2.76 earned run average in Conference play this year. He was second in the league with an opposing batting average of .211 and 61 strikeouts. Shipley threw a league-high 71.2 innings.

Byler batted .346 with 35 runs scored, 10 doubles, three triples, eight home runs and 40 RBI.  He tops the team in average and home runs.  In MW play he hit .308 with 16 runs scored, three doubles, a home run and 13 RBI.  An injury has forced him to miss the last four games and will not return this season.

Klein the Pack's starting right fielder is batting .338 with 33 runs scored, 12 doubles, four triples and 42 RBI.  He tops the team in RBI, doubles, triples and is second with seven home runs.  In MW play he batted .301 with 14 runs scored, seven doubles, a triple, two home runs and drove in 21.

Nevada opens play in the MW Championship tonight against Fresno State at 7 p.m. at Pete Beiden Field in Fresno, Calif.


MLB.com Article On Braden Shipley

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Nevada ace pitcher Braden Shipley continues to receive national attention prior to June's MLB draft.  The latest article on Shipley was written by MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo.  Here is a link to the article http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130519&content_id=48048602&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb

Shipley To Make Final Home Start Friday

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Junior pitcher Braden Shipley, one of the top prospects in the 2013 MLB draft will make his final home start of the season on Friday night at 6 p.m. against UNLV.  Shipley is currently 7-2 with 2.49 ERA and has 78 strikeouts in a Mountain West high 86.2 innings pitched.

Recently named to the Golden Spikes Award Watch list, here are two recent online articles on the hard throwing right-hander.

By Aaron Fitt / Special to goldenspikesaward.com

By Jeff Dahn / Feature writer Perfect Game



Pfatenhauer Leading Dixie State

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Former University of Nevada baseball assistant coach Chris Pfatenhauer is in his first year as the head coach at Dixie State in St. George, Utah.  Pfatenhauer spent three seasons as an assistant coach to longtime Wolf Pack head coach Gary Powers before accepting the head coaching position at DS.  In his final season at Nevada he helped the Pack to its first Western Athletic Conference title and a thirty plus win season.

In his first season at DS he has the Red Storm nearing thirty wins with a 27-13 record.  DS sits in fourth place in the 10-team Pacific West Conference at 19-11 with five conference games remaining.

Shipley Drawing A Crowd

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Nevada junior pitcher Braden Shipley has drawn a crowd at each of his seven starts this season.  It's not your normal crowd of fans but a crowd of Major League Baseball scouts and executives who are there to evaluate one of the top pitching prospects not just in college baseball but in all of baseball.  Baseball America ranked him 10th in their midseason 2013 draft top 50.

The right-handed Shipley is 4-0 with a 2.31 ERA, with has struck out 52 in 50.2 innings on the mound.  In Mountain West play his ERA of 1.57 tops the conference.  His fastball has been clocked as high as 99 mph. 

The Medford, Ore. native earned second-team All-Western Athletic Conference honors as a shortstop as a freshman in 2011 but turned his attention to the mound as a sophomore.  After going 9-4 with a league leading 2.20 ERA and 88 strikeouts last season he was named the WAC Pitcher of the Year.  Pitching in the Alaska League last summer he was selected as the top prospect by Perfect Game.

With just three MW home series remaining; Apr. 19-21 vs. New Mexico, May 3-5 vs. San Diego State and May 10-12 against UNLV Nevada's hometown fans have just three opportunities to watch him on the Peccole Park mound.  Shipley is scheduled to start the first game of each of these three series.

Shipley's next start comes tonight at San Diego State.  Perfect game has a preview on the matchup between Shipley and Aztec's ace Michael Cederoth.


Parsons Set to Play with Nevada Baseball Against Reno Aces

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On April 2nd at 6:05 p.m. the University of Nevada baseball team will take on the Reno Aces in an exhibition game for the fourth-straight season. The fundraiser for the baseball program will again feature a member of the Nevada softball team. This year's participant will be junior outfielder Sara Parsons.

"Sara deserves the opportunity to go out there with the guys in what is really a great event," head softball coach Matt Meuchel said. "The exposure for the softball program is great as well."

Parsons is currently hitting .345 and leads Nevada with 34 RBI. She has started every game in center field for the Wolf Pack this season and will likely occupy a corner outfield position in Tuesday's exhibition.

"I can't even imagine what it's going to be like on the field," the Fallon native said. "I'm excited, but I'm a little nervous too. I know a lot of my teammates are planning on coming out to support me so that makes me feel a lot better."

The Pack won for the first time last year 7-3 after the Aces took the first two meetings.  The Aces won 9-3 in 2011 and 11-1 in the inaugural game in 2010.
Once again this season, the game will be played in an exhibition format, with Aces pitchers and catchers playing for both squads. All players will use wood bats, and the contest will last seven and a half innings. Utilizing the traditional minor league spring training format, pitchers will be placed on a pitch count, and should a pitcher reach his limit, the game will immediately proceed to the next half inning.

Easter Egg Hunt Saturday At Peccole Park

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Come out and support the Wolf Pack baseball team this Saturday March 30th when they take on Fresno State. Before the game at 12:30 p.m. meet at the Dug Out Club entrance and all children middle school and under are invited to participate in the Easter egg dash. Bring your Easter baskets to collect to eggs on the field with Wolfie Jr. and Alphie. Adult tickets for the game are $7 each and $5 for children.

We look forward to seeing you there! Go Pack!


Throwback Thursday Versus Fresno State

powers71.jpgNevada hosts Fresno State in a Mountain West baseball series starting Thursday night at 6 p.m. 
Come cheer on the Wolf Pack at Peccole Park on Throwback Thursday and wear your oldest Nevada gear.