• Full name James Robert Johnson
  • Born 06/27/1983 in Johnson City, NY
  • Profile Ht.: 6'6" / Wt.: 250 / Bats: R / Throws: R
  • School Union-Endicott
  • Debut 07/29/2006
  • Drafted in the 5th round (143rd overall) by the Baltimore Orioles in 2001.
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    Johnson was one of four or five prominent New York high school players entering the season, but he clearly separated himself from the pack. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound righthander has a strong, well-proportioned body with sound mechanics. He was clocked up to 95 mph this spring and showed he can hold his velocity deep into games. He had one poor outing when he got unnerved with 50 scouts watching him. One start later, in front of an equal number of scouts, he tossed a no-hitter. A year ago, his fastball topped out at 89 mph. His secondary pitches--a curve and change--are less projectable, and his command of those pitches is suspect. Johnson is part of a deep Georgia Tech recruiting class that may rank as the best in the country.

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