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Grant Johnson

Grant Johnson
Name: Grant W. Johnson
Born: May 26, 1983 in Hinsdale, Ill. USA
High School: Lyons Township HS, La Grange, Ill.
College: Notre Dame
Ht.: 6'6" / Wt.: 220 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 2nd round (66th overall) by the Chicago Cubs in 2004 (signed for $1,260,000)
Of the six players who formed the core of Notre Dame's 2001 recruiting class, the 6-foot-5, 220-pound Johnson was the only one who wasn't drafted out of high school. He immediately asserted himself as the marquee player in the group with a big freshman season (9-5, 3.46) and a strong summer with Team USA. His fastball was clocked at 95 mph--and it wasn't even as good as his slider. Then Johnson had labrum surgery, missed 2003 and came back slowly this season. He had worked just46 innings this spring, though he was 5-0, 1.58. He's had no major lingering problems from the surgery, other than his velocity has ranged from 89-93 mph. He's been on a strict pitch count--50 to start, 85 in a mid-May complete-game win against Rutgers--and was limited to 10 sliders per start. Even though he's at about 80 percent, he has flashed his freshman stuff. Johnson remains the top prospect in Indiana and should go no higher than the third round. He's a real risk/reward pick, and he could be a steal if he's healthy and returns to his freshman form.
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