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Kris Johnson

LHP
Kris Johnson
Name: Kristofer Michael Johnson
Born: Oct 14, 1984 in West Covina, Calif. USA
High School: Blue Springs (Mo.) HS
College: Wichita State
Ht.: 6'4" / Wt.: 205 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: L
 IPERAWHIPBB/9SO/9
Career23.25.321.774.947.99
Drafted in the supplemental 1st round (40th overall) by the Boston Red Sox in 2006 (signed for $850,000)
With a month to go before the draft, Johnson's stock was rising as much as any player's. He went a combined 10-0 in his first two seasons at Wichita State and looked poised to succeed Mike Pelfrey as Wichita State's next ace. But then Johnson blew out his elbow, requiring Tommy John surgery in April 2005. He returned to the mound in February, with Wichita State nursing him along with short stints in midweek games. By May, the velocity on his 88-93 mph fastball and his hard curveball had returned. His changeup is a solid third pitch, and while his command and feel aren't all the way back, he's still well ahead of schedule for Tommy John survivors. Few lefthanders in this draft can match Johnson's stuff, so he could sneak into the end of the first round. The Orioles, who pick 31st, are known to like him.
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