Diamondbacks get Nevada RHP Shipley in 1st round

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By Natalie Rivers By Natalie Rivers

PHOENIX (AP) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks selected right-hander Braden Shipley of Nevada with the 15th pick in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft on Thursday night.

Shipley was 7-3 with a 2.77 ERA for the Wolfpack this season, striking out 102 in 107 1-3 innings while walking 34. The junior earned co-pitcher of the year honors in the Mountain West after having won the award in 2012.

Shipley was rated the third-best college pitcher by Baseball America. He played primarily at shortstop as a freshman.

Diamondbacks scouting director Ray Montgomery called the 6-foot-3 Shipley one of the best athletes in the draft.

Shipley is from Medford, Ore., the hometown of Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers.

Arizona made two more picks in the first day of the draft.

The Diamondbacks chose right-hander Aaron Blair of Marshall with the 36th pick in the Competitive Balance Round A. In the second round, they selected 17-year-old outfielder Justin Williams of Terrebonne High School in Houma, La., with the 52nd overall selection.

Blair was 5-5 with a 2.85 ERA this season. Williams batted .333 with seven doubles, four homers, 13 RBIs and eight stolen bases.

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