Some prospect lists had Braden Shipley as the best of the Diamondbacks' young arms a year ago, but he slipped behind with his 2015 performance, looking more like a middle-of-the-rotation type now. He struggled with his command and didn't miss bats like he did in the lower levels, resulting in a 3.50 ERA and 1.30 WHIP for Double-A Mobile. With Blair now out of the picture, it's reasonable to think Shipley will get a look in the majors this year, being 24 and all, but first he'll have to master the heavy-hitting Pacific Coast League, which isn't a given after last year's struggles. He still has the stuff and secondary arsenal to develop into an impact pitcher, but he may go undrafted in NL-only leagues.
Diamondbacks starting pitcher prospect Braden Shipley has begun to turn the corner at Double-A Mobile after enduring a rough stretch of starts. The 2013 first-round pick (15th) has posted a 2.86 ERA and .212 opponents' batting average in his last five starts. In his previous nine starts, he went 1-6 with a 6.27 ERA and .305 opponents' batting average. For the season, the right-hander is 5-8 with a 4.20 ERA and 1.42 WHIP through 18 starts. He has 64 strikeouts and 41 walks in 94 1/3 innings. Shipley was ranked as a top-40 prospect by Baseball America (No. 26) and MLB.com (No. 39) entering the season.
The Diamondbacks re-assigned six players to minor-league camp Sunday, including pitching prospects Braden Shipley and Aaron Blair. Shipley allowed one earned run on five hits and one walk in four innings while striking out two in two spring games. Blair surrendered two earned runs on five hits and two walks in seven innings while striking out four in three appearances. The team also re-assigned pitchers Blake Beaven and Justin Marks as well as catchers Matt Pagnozzi and Mark Thomas.
Diamondbacks pitcher Braden Shipley pitched two innings in his spring training debut Wednesday, allowing just one baserunner and recording one strikeout. Shipley admitted he was a bit worried in his first appearance, reports AZCentral.com. "I was a little nervous going in, but that was expected," Shipley said. "I think it was more excitement for me. That was really fun." Manager Chip Hale said he expects Shipley to make starts in his next few appearances this spring.
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