Should The Miami Marlins Draft Braden Shipley?

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The 2013 MLB Draft is right around the corner, and the Miami Marlins have the No. 6 pick after an awful, upsetting 2012 season. The Marlins need a lot of help, and they can address some of the needs in this year’s draft.

As of recently, the Marlins have had success in the draft. Jose Fernandez and Christian Yelich have both been top picks by the Marlins and have extremely high potential as they move through the ranks. Fernandez has come on strong since being called up last month, and Yelich produced very good members in spring training.

Miami could look to go with a pitcher in the first round of the draft with the sixth pick. Right-handed pitcher Braden Shipley could be on the board for Miami and could land with the Marlins at that slot.

Shipley is a junior at the University of Nevada, and was the 2012 WAC Pitcher of the Year after going 9-4 with a 2.20 ERA. This season, he is 7-3 with a 2.81 ERA and is lining up to be the conference pitcher of the year again. He also had struck out 94 batters this season, leading Nevada. The Wolfpack are 24-28 this season with an 11-17 record in the WAC.

Another pitcher to the Marlins arsenal would be great especially since Ricky Nolasco is on his way out, and the Marlins’ pitching depth is going to be dry for another two years at the least. Shipley would be another great pitching prospect to the Marlins organization.

Ryan Gaydos is a MLB columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.