Shipley shows elite off-speed stuff
March, 14, 2014
By Keith Law | ESPN.com
Mike Janes/Four Seam Images/AP ImagesBraden Shipley is flashing a plus curve to go with his filthy changeup.Right-hander Braden Shipley, the Arizona Diamondbacks' first-round pick last June, threw four innings in a low Class A game on Thursday, looking good in almost every respect, especially with his curveball -- the main question scouts had on him as an amateur at Nevada.
Shipley's fastball was 90-94 mph, mostly 90-92, getting some downhill plane but nowhere near consistent enough in that respect; nearly all the damage he gave up came when he left fastballs up, including the three-run double hit by Jonah Arenado (Nolan's brother) on a 92 mph first-pitch fastball that got way too much plate.
However, Shipley's secondary stuff was superb.