MLB Draft results 2013: RHP Braden Shipley selected by Diamondbacks with the No. 15 pick

Mike Stobe

The Diamondbacks selected Braden Shipley with the No. 15 overall pick in the 2013 MLB Draft. Shipley is the first MLB first round draft pick in Nevada history.

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.

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