PHOENIX -- Quality pitching prospects are a valuable commodity and the D-backs have a pair of 23-year-old right-handers living up to that description.Braden Shipley is listed as the No. 67 prospect while Archie Bradley comes in at No. 72 on MLB Pipeline's recently unveiled list of the top prospects in
PHOENIX -- Quality pitching prospects are a valuable commodity and the D-backs have a pair of 23-year-old right-handers living up to that description.
Braden Shipley is listed as the No. 67 prospect while Archie Bradley comes in at No. 72 on MLB Pipeline's recently unveiled list of the top prospects in baseball.
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Regarded the 78th-best prospect midway through the 2015 campaign, Shipley elevated his stock with a strong second half.
The right-hander went 9-11 with a 3.50 ERA in 28 games (27 starts) for Double-A Mobile last season, but in the second half he was dominant.
Shipley posted a 2.66 ERA after the All-Star break and gave up two earned runs or fewer in eight of his final nine appearances.
Conversely, Bradley's stock has dipped a bit since last season -- he was the No. 39 prospect midway through 2015.
Bradley made his first three starts of 2015 with the D-backs and gave up just three runs over 18 2/3 innings. However, on April 28, Bradley took a line drive to the face.
Bradley struggled in his return to the rotation, but finished the year in the Minors where he appeared to get back on track. Pitching in the Arizona Rookie League, Class A Advanced and Triple-A, Bradley made six starts and posted a 2.76 ERA.
Over his final six appearances, Bradley never gave up more than three runs in an outing and put together two scoreless starts.
The rest of the D-backs' Top 30 Prospects will be released in mid-February.
William Boor is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor.