Arizona Diamondbacks: Top 10 Prospects

3. Brandon Shipley RHP: As the 15th overall pick in the 2013 first year player draft, Shipley has developed a great arsenal. His fastball sits in the 94-96 MPH range with sometimes touching 98 MPH when he needs it. Shipley is excellent at delivering his change-up with the exact arm action as his fastball, which alludes to why it is his best off speed pitch. Shipley probably has a higher floor than Bradley, given his control and delivery.

What Shipley needs to work on his throwing consistent strikes, which should come as he gets better command of his pitches. The possibility of a 1-2 punch consisting of Bradley and Shipley is promising, as Shipley is also a tall guy at 6’3”, but doesn’t have Bradley’s frame given he is only 190 pounds. However, at age 22, he could bulk up and add some muscle to his frame. Another point of mention is he threw 126 innings in 2014, which means he could be due for about 150-160 innings this upcoming season. That would set Shipley up nicely in 2016, as a 24 year-old ready to shoulder 180-190 innings. He should start the season in AA, but may move fast if works hard this off-season and has a good first half in 2015.

ETA: Late 2015

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