ABL puts 2 draft picks in top round

If those who saw Anchorage Bucs pitcher Braden Shipley’s final outing in Alaska suspected they were seeing something special, they were right.

Shipley, selected 15th overall by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the Major League Baseball draft Thursday, entered his final game for the Bucs at Coral Seymour Memorial Park with the score tied at 4.

The bases were loaded with one out, and Shipley struck out two to get out of the inning. He would go on to strike out six in 2 2-3 innings of work as the Bucs won 11-4 in 10 innings.

“A guy that throws that hard and puts it exactly where he wants will come out on top every time,” ex-Oilers coach John Stevens said after the game.

Arizona must have agreed. Shipley was named the Alaska Baseball League’s top prospect after hitting 97 mph at the scouts showcase. In the ABL last season, he struck out 22 in 13 innings of work.

The ABL picked up another pick in the first round when former Anchoroage Glacier Pilot Aaron Judge went to the New York Yankees with the 32nd pick.

Judge hit .289 for the Pilots in 2011. He is 6-foot-7, 255 pounds.

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