The Cincinnati Reds announced on Wednesday morning that they have signed right-handed pitcher Braden Shipley to a minor league contract for the 2021 season that includes an invitation to spring training.

In his career, Braden Shiply has been both a starter and a reliever He’s made 135 starts and 52 relief appearances between the minors and majors. Originally drafted by Arizona in the 1st round of the 2013 draft out of Nevada, Shipley worked his way up through their farm system before debuting in 2016. That season he made 11 starts and two relief appearances with the Diamondbacks, throwing 70.0 innings with a 5.27 ERA. Since then he’s thrown a combined 30.0 innings with a majority of them coming in 2017. During both the 2019 and 2020 seasons he did not reach the Major Leagues. In 2019 he struggled in Triple-A Reno, splitting time between the rotation and the bullpen (15 appearances in each). His ERA was a robust 5.95 in 95.1 innings where he allowed 11 hits, 19 home runs, 37 walks, and he struck out 88 batters. You can see all of his career stats at Baseball Reference.

Prior to the 2020 season the Royals signed Braden Shipley. In July, right before the regular season began, Kansas City played Houston in an exhibition. Shipley averaged 92.9 MPH on his fastball that day. He also threw a change up and a curveball on the day. In the past he’s also thrown a slider on the rare occasion.

The Reds farm system is middle of the pack

On Wednesday morning both Baseball America and Keith Law of The Athletic ranked the farm systems in Major League Baseball. The Cincinnati Reds were rated in the middle of the pack in both rankings.

Baseball America’s rankings had the Reds move up nine spots from the previous year, when they were ranked 28th in baseball. The ranking this year has them up to 19th, but behind the Cubs, Cardinals, and Pirates within the division.

Over at The Athletic the Reds were rated a tad higher, coming in at the 17th spot on the list. Law is higher on Hunter Greene than the rest of the national publications have been and mentions his upside to pitch at the top of a rotation in his write up of the system – the only player mentioned for Cincinnati.

14 Responses

  1. J

    Seems like he might want to forget about pitching and work on his fielding skills. Seems more likely to be the everyday shortstop than a major league pitcher.

    • JB

      He did play shortstop in High School. That’s right up the Reds front office of thinking.

  2. VaRedsFan

    The box office has to have sold all of the playoff tickets by now to be spending this wildly.

  3. Reaganspad

    11 hits and 19 homeruns…. I used to believe that Nick Esasky was capable of hitting a 5 run home run by hitting the ball s far that he would be entitled to round the bases 2 times.

    This is different stat that I have not contemplated unless you consider the Esasky shot as a double home run

  4. west larry

    Is Shipley the answer for the shortstop position? I doubt it. Can Larkin, Cardenas or Concepcion come out of retirement? Seriously, the reds need a qualified shortstop.

    • DataDumpster

      Is Woody Woodward still available? Yea, he didn’t have a lot of power but…

    • TR

      Brandon Phillips has said that he’s available.

  5. DataDumpster

    It seems like there has been an extraordinary amount of minor league signings this offseason and this player, like most others acquired , doesn’t seem impressive at all. I wonder if anybody else gets the same idea;
    minor league signings (many), quality (fairly low).

    I also noticed when Doug was asked about the promising minor league prospects in a previous article, he didn’t seem to mention any of the two dozen or so minor leaguers signed in the last few months. With the Red’s action (or lack thereof) recently, I am for the first time getting more interested in the Louisville Bats as “coming attractions.” I am also much more likely to attend one of their games than GABobblehead Park.

    • Doug Gray

      Truly promising minor leaguers are never guys that reach minor league free agency.

  6. TheCoastMan

    I have no idea how The Atlantic can have us ranked at 17. That seems very generous, but maybe it’s because no minor leaguers had to actually play a game last year. Even 19 seems to be a little generous. All right, Doug, you follow the kids a little closer than I do so what do you think about those rankings?