Kyle Johnston Blazed Way To Top Of California Collegiate League

Summer College League Top Prospects

Isaiah Campbell (Photo by Bill Mitchell)

Isaiah Campbell touched 95 mph and pounded the zone (Photo by Bill Mitchell)

California Collegiate League Top Prospects
Kyle Johnston, rhp, Santa Barbara (Jr., Texas)
Isaiah Campbell, rhp, Conejo (So., Arkansas)
Nick Kennedy, lhp, Santa Barbara (So., Texas)
Parker Mushinski, lhp, San Luis Obispo (Jr., Texas Tech)
Miles Sandum, lhp, Santa Barbara (Fr., San Diego)
Bret Boswell, ss/3b, Santa Barbara (R-Jr., Texas)
Chad Spanberger, of, Conejo (Jr., Arkansas)
Connor Mayes, rhp, Santa Barbara (Jr., Texas)
Matt Walker, rhp, San Luis Obispo (R-So., UCLA)
Eric Ramirez, 1b, Conejo (Jr., Hawaii)

SEE ALSO: Summer College League Top Prospects

Postseason Recap: Once again, the Santa Barbara Foresters came out on top. Led by a strong Longhorn core of Texas righthanders Kyle Johnston, Connor Mayes and shortstop Bret Boswell throughout the summer, the Foresters won their 21st California Collegiate League title, defeating the Conejo Oaks, 5-2, in the championship game. However, the Foresters weren't done after the CCL championship. They went on to defeat the Hays Larks—champions of the Jayhawk League—in the National Baseball Congress World Series for their sixth title in 11 years. The sixth championship tied the record for most championships by a single team in the 82-year history of the NBC World Series. It's no coincidence that Santa Barbara and CCL runner-up Conejo players comprise most of this list.

1. Kyle Johnston, rhp, Santa Barbara (Jr., Texas)

One of several Longhorns in the California Collegiate League and on the Foresters, Johnston had an exceptional summer, going 4-1, 1.89 with 54 strikeouts, 28 walks and just 34 hits allowed in 52 innings. His signature performance came in a June 29 start against Team USA's Collegiate National Team, in which he allowed just one run on four hits, struck out six and walked none in a six-inning effort. Johnston had the best arm in the league, touching 96 mph and often pitching at 93-94 mph. His 86-88 mph power slider is an above-average pitch that flashed plus, and he flashed an average changeup in addition to a show-me curveball. A strong, physical 6-foot, 220-pound righthander, Johnston's greatest weakness is his fastball command. Though his mechanics are fairly sound, he gets in trouble when he tries to overthrow. Johnston made 14 starts for Texas in the spring and should be a key part of the weekend rotation in 2017.

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