Former North Medford Star Won't Travel Far For First Pro Baseball Assignment

First-round draft pick Braden Shipley has signed a $2.25 million contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound right-hander, who played collegiately at Nevada, was the 15th selection overall. He was projected to go much higher. Shipley also played in high school at North Medford under Coach Brett Wolf. Shipley's fastball regularly is in the mid-90s and has hit as high as 97 to 98 mph. The 21-year-old converted shortstop grew up in Medford, Ore., also the hometown of Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers. Shipley was the WAC pitcher of the year as a sophomore, going 9-4 with a 2.20 ERA. As a junior this season, he had a 2.77 ERA with 102 strikeouts and 38 walks in 107 innings. Shipley is expected to join the Hillsboro Hops of the Class A Northwest League this week.

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