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Brian Johnson

#61 | LHP
Boston Red Sox Boston Red Sox
Brian Johnson
Name: Christopher Brian Johnson
Born: Dec 7, 1990 in Lakeland, Fla. USA
High School: Cocoa Beach (Fla.) HS
College: Florida
Ht.: 6'4" / Wt.: 235 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: L
 IPERAWHIPBB/9SO/9
201893.14.241.423.098.10
Career124.24.401.443.187.80
Drafted in the 1st round (31st overall) by the Boston Red Sox in 2012 (signed for $1,575,000)
Johnson was a latecoming member of the 2009 draft's Top 200 Prospects list, emerging with a strong showing in Sebring, Fla., at the state's high school all-star game. He went to Florida instead of signing and quickly emerged as one of the nation's top two-way players. He led USA Baseball's College National Team with three home runs last summer and draws some interest as a power-hitting first baseman. He's a fairly slow-twitch athlete, though, and profiles better as a durable, big bodied fourth starter. Johnson pitches off an average fastball in the 88-91 mph range, complemented by a slider, curveball and changeup. He throws all four pitches for strikes, with just 42 career walks in his first 219 college innings, and he hides the ball well in his delivery. He gets more swings and misses with his fastball than his velocity and fastball life would seem to merit. Johnson's curveball has its moments as his best secondary pitch, though he doesn't throw it with consistent power. Johnson has good body control despite his modest athleticism and soft body. He's considered a safe, low-upside pick, with some hope that his stuff will become firmer as he focuses 100 percent on pitching.
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