RENO, Nev. - The honors continue for former University of Nevada pitcher Braden Shipley. Shipley was named to the American Baseball Coaches Association Rawlings 2013 West Region second team.
Shipley the 15th pick in the first round of last month’s MLB draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks signed with the club and will not return for his senior season. He is the highest drafted player in the history of Nevada athletics.
Shipley earned Western Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year honors as a sophomore after going 9-4 with a conference low 2.20 ERA. After the Pack switched conferences to the Mountain West he was named the co-MW Pitcher of the Year. In his junior season he was 7-3 with a 2.77 ERA had 102 strikeouts in 107.1 innings on the mound. The 102 strikeouts is the seventh best season in school history.
Somewhat ironic, Shipley spent his freshman season as the Pack’s starting shortstop making just five appearances on the mound. He earned second-team All-WAC honors after batting .287 with seven doubles and 19 RBI. After becoming the Pack’s ace his sophomore season he progressed into a first-round MLB selection.
In three seasons he compiled a 17-7 record with a 2.79 ERA and 203 strikeouts in 216 innings on the mound. The 203 strikeouts ranks sixth in school history and .708 winning percentage is ninth.
Shipley could once again pitch in Reno as the Diamondbacks Triple-A affiliate is the Reno Aces.