The Diamondbacks have locked up their first round pick just two weeks after the June 6th amateur draft and now Braden Shipley prepares for his first assignment joining the Single-A Short Season Affiliate, the Hillsboro Hops in Oregon.
First round pick, Braden Shipley throws a pitch for the University of Nevada Wolfpack this spring. He begins his first stint with the Hillsboro Hops this week. Image: USABaseball.com
The 21 year old just finished his junior year at the University of Nevada Reno where he led his team with a 7-3 record and 2.77 ERA to go with 102 strikeouts at a clip of 8.55 SO/9 innings. He was named the Mountain West Co-Pitcher of the Year in 2013.
The D’backs were able sign Shipley for $2.25 million which puts them under the slot amount for the 15th overall pick of $2,434,500 meaning the club can use the additional money to help sign other draft picks.
As the 6’3” 190 lb right hander has just completed 107.1 innings for the Wolfpack in Nevada, he will be on a limited pitch count for a while once he joins the Hops so as to not burn him out. During his time with this affiliate, Shipley will have the advantage of working with Doug Drabek, a former Cy Young Award winner and 13 year MLB veteran who is the current pitching coach for the Hops.
Shipley is an Oregon native going to high school in Medford, Oregon, so his return to the state will be a bit of a homecoming that he hopes to embrace. “Definitely, I’m excited about it,” he said. “I think the people of Hillsboro are pretty excited about it, too. Being close to home, that’s just a bonus for me. Obviously I want to do well and just improve. I want to just keep getting better every day and progress towards getting to the big leagues.”
The Hops are currently 1-4 on the season. Here is their website to follow Braden and the rest of his club. And here is his Twitter account: @shipley25 and the Hops’: @HillsboroHops
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