Position: Starting Pitcher
Weight: 190 pounds
Strengths: Shipley features three pitches that project to plus major league pitches – fastball, change up, and curve. He is tall and limber, and throws with a loose, relaxed motion. He just converted to pitcher in college and doesn’t have as much wear and tear on his arm (Sounds a bit like Kyle Zimmer, doesn’t it?) as some other starters may.
Weaknesses: While the lack of mileage o the arm is a positive, the lack of experience is a negative. While he has three pitches that project as plus pitches, they all need work and the polish that comes with experience. As with many young pitchers, his control needs to improved as well.
Oregonlive.com quoted ESPN’s Keith Law’s scouting report:
“Shipley is extremely tall, loose-armed and very athletic, as you’d expect from a guy who was converted from playing a position … He throws a lot of strikes, but his fastball command needs some work. He needs to develop his feel for (his curveball), which probably won’t come until he gets to the next level in pro ball.” — Law
How he could help the Royals: Shipley, much like Kyle Zimmer a year ago, is a relatively unfinished product who has rocketed up the draft board in his junior year. On sheer skill and athletic ability, Shipley could possibly move up through the minors quicker than a high school hurler, but still prob ably wouldn’t be ready for the majors until 2015 at the very earliest. nd that is if he develops his raw stuff quickly and suffers no arm injuries. His apparent control issues are a bit worrisome but his strength and athleticism offset those concerns just a little. If the Royals select Shipley with the 8th overall pick, they believe polish and control can be obtained quickly through more experience on the mound and organizational tutoring. Zimmer’s early season struggles in A-ball this season should be a warning.