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.