Braden Shipley

Position: RHP
Born: 2/22/1992
Height: 6'2
Weight: 185
B/T: R/R
Acquired: Drafted in the first round (#15 overall) of the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft (ARI).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
CURRENT SEASON STATS: 8-5, with a 3.70 ERA in 19 starts and 119.1 IP, allowing 22 walks, striking out 77, and giving up 131 hits.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Contract purchased from Reno July 25 when RHP Silvio Bracho was sent down and RHP Rubby de la Rosa was transferred from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL to clear a spot on the 40-man roster.
MLB Debut Date: 7/25/2016

Debut Details
July 25, in a 7-2 loss to the Brewers. The starting pitcher, he took the loss, allowing six runs, all of them earned on eight hits in 5.1 IP, striking out four and walking four. He also allowed three home runs. After retiring the first batter he faced, Jonathan Villar, on a fly out to left field, he gave up a home run to Scooter Gennett. His first strikeout came with two outs in the first when he got Kirk Nieuwenheis looking at strike three with two runners on base. In the third inning, Villar homered to lead things off. Then, with a runner on base and two outs, Shipley worked out of the jam by striking out the next two batters, Jonathan Lucroy and Nieuwenheis, both swinging. Villar started the next rally as well, in the fifth, doubling to lead things off and, after moving to second on a groundout by Gennett, coming around to score on an RBI single to left field by Ryan Braun. In the sixth inning, Nieuwenheis and Ramon Flores singled and then, with one out, Martin Maldonado homered to left field, ending the night for Shipley as Dominic Leone came on in relief. At the plate, Shipley went 1-for-3, doubling off of Chase Anderson in his first at-bat and scoring on a single by Jean Segura.

Player Notes
Shipley brought a career 3.79 ERA in 81 games into his big league debut along with a .261 career BAA, as well as the impressive credential of having been the first-ever first-round pick out of the University of Nevada-Reno. A shortstop in college who was converted to the mound, he continues to work on mechanics and just getting in the reps and experience, but he brings a lovely mid-90s fastball and a curveball that is is considered by some to be the best in the organization. He lowered his ERA almost a full run in the second half of 2015 from the first half, finishing that summer with a 9-11 record and 3.50 ERA in 28 games at Mobile (Double-A), striking out 118 while walking 56 in 156.2 IP.

2080 Notes
Coming in at No. 81 on 2080’s Preseason Top 125 Prospect Ranking List, we had this to say about him at the time: “Shipley started slowly, but picked up steam as his 2015 season wore on. His fastball, curveball, and changeup all grade as average or better, with his fastball touching 95-to-96 mph.”