The Arizona Diamondback selected Nevada Wolfpack pitcher Braden Shipley with the No. 15 pick in the 2013 MLB Amateur draft, making Shipley the first first-round draft pick in Wolfpack history.
Shipley, cousins with Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Jordan Shipley, has been one of the steadiest risers in mock drafts this year. The right-hander came late to pitching as he was a two-way player in high school and Nevada recruited him as a shortstop. The coaching staff gave Shipley a chance to pitch his sophomore season, and he has excelled in that role.
While Shipley does not have the same ceiling as Jonathan Gray or Mark Appel, he combines a mid-90s fastball with an excellent changeup, Nick J. Faleris of Baseball Prospectus writes. Shipley also throws a curveball, but the pitch needs more work. Scouts are also impressed with Shipley's athleticism; he fields his position well.