Ex-North player Shipley on awards watch list

RENO, Nev. — University of Nevada junior right-handed pitcher Bradey Shipley, a former North Medford player, is one of 60 collegiate baseball players named to the Golden Spikes Award watch list as announced by USA Baseball Thursday.

The award goes to the top amateur baseball player in the country.

One of the top collegiate pitchers, Shipley usually draws a crowd of Major League Baseball scouts and executives at each start. Baseball America ranked him 10th in their midseason 2013 draft top 50, as did ESPN. His fastball has been clocked as high as 99 mph.

Shipley will make his next start for the Wolf Pack tonight against visiting San Diego State at Peccole Park. He is 6-2 with a 2.70 ERA. In 80 innings, he has struck out 76 hitters. Three times this season he has struck out 10 or more batters in a game.

Last season, Shipley was named the Western Athletic Conference pitcher of the year after posting a 9-4 record with a conference low 2.20 ERA. His career record is 16-6 with a 2.77 ERA in 188 2/3 innings. He has totaled 177 strikeouts.

Among the other players on the watch list are Oregon State pitcher Matt Boyd and outfielder Michael Conforto and Oregon infielder Ryon Healy and pitcher Jimmie Sherfy.

Thirty semifinalists will be announced on May 28.

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