Thursday, February 11, 2016

Arizona Diamondbacks Employ Two Highly Ranked Rookie Pitchers

A graduate of Arizona State University at Tempe, Edward Abbott Ravenscroft has been a shareholder in Abbott Laboratories for four years. Edward Abbott Ravenscroft enjoys following several professional teams, including baseball's Arizona Diamondbacks.

In preparation for the 2016 season, Arizona's pitching staff has hired two highly rated prospects, both of whom were ranked in the annual Major League Baseball Pipeline. The Pipeline's 100 spots are limited to players who were rookies at the start of the 2016 season.

Ranked 78th in 2015, Braden Shipley had a strong second half of the season with the double-A Mobile Bay Bears. After the All-Star break, Shipley earned a 2.66 ERA and surrendered two runs or less in eight of his nine games. He is ranked 67th on the current Pipeline list.

Archie Bradley, holding the 72nd slot in the 2016 Pipeline, fell from the 39th ranking in 2015. In his first three starts with the Diamondbacks, Bradley gave up only three runs in 18-2/3 innings. However, a line drive injury interrupted his season; he was sent down to the Arizona Rookie League, where he achieved a 2.76 ERA by not allowing more than three runs per game.

The Pipeline's rankings consist of assessments by scouts and scouting directors. Also taken into consideration are potential benefits to the players' teams, their skills, and their clubs' closeness to the major league level. (Players aged 23 and above who competed in international leagues, such as Cuba, Taiwan, Korea, and Japan were not eligible.)