University 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.