24-Year-Old Pitcher – Arizona Diamondbacks
2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Considered the top pitching prospect in Arizonaís farm system, Shipley spent all of 2015 at Double-A Mobile and posted decent numbers in his age-23 season. Shipley did a good job of keeping the ball i...
Braden Shipley Contract Information:
Agreed to terms with the Diamondbacks in June of 2013.
Shipley, 23, has a 3.66 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 86 strikeouts in 125.1 innings with Double-A Mobile.
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Arizona Diamondbacks Roster
MajorsAhmed, Nick (SS)
AAABeavan, Blake (P)
AABlanke, Michael (C)
A+Bradley, J.R. (P)
ABanda, Anthony (P)
RookieAguila, Roidany (C)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
The converted shortstop displayed an impressive combo of stuff, size and athleticism in his first season in pro ball, allowing him to climb two full levels, finishing the year at Double-A Mobile. Many saw the potential for Shipley to be a future frontline starter when he was taken with the 15th overall pick in the 2013 draft, but it would have been hard to envision him moving this fast. Shipley posted a 3.86 ERA and a 127:42 K:BB ratio in 126 innings over his three stops, and a case could be made that he has surpassed Archie Bradley as the teamís most appealing prospect moving forward. Itís no surprise that his diabolical fastball/changeup combo embarrassed hitters at the lower levels. If he can develop his curveball into a third plus offering, his numbers at Double-A and Triple-A will have dynasty league owners salivating throughout the 2015 season.
Shipley pitched very sparingly in professional baseball in 2013 after being drafted 15th overall by the D-Backs in June, and he struggled in a very small sample size. A converted shortstop, he's only been pitching a short time. Because of that, Shipley may require extra development time in the Arizona system, and he figures to spend most of the 2014 season in the lower levels of the minors. If he is given a look in full-season ball, Shipley will likely end up in the Midwest League at Low-A South Bend.