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Jake Johansen

RHP | White SoxCWS
Birmingham Barons Birmingham Barons
Jake Johansen
Name: Jacob Tanner Johansen
Born: Jan 23, 1991 in Allen, TX
High School: Allen (Texas) HS
College: Dallas Baptist
Ht.: 6'6" / Wt.: 235 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 2nd round (68th overall) by the Washington Nationals in 2013 (signed for $820,000)
For a guy who can dial up a 99 mph fastball, Johansen doesn't make a huge impression on batters or scouts. He carried a 5-6, 5.68 record into the final week of the regular season, giving up 96 hits with 68 strikeouts in 78 innings. He usually pitches at 93-95 mph with occasional armside run, but his fastball is often straight, he doesn't command it well and hitters sit on it because he doesn't have a reliable second pitch. His hard slider is flat more often than it's straight. A redshirt junior, Johansen needed four years to claim a regular spot in Dallas Baptist's rotation, and he remains a project. He's an interesting one, though, thanks to his size (6-foot-6, 235 pounds) and sheer velocity. Better suited to relieving in pro ball, he has closer upside. Johansen might have gone in the top five rounds as a draft-eligible sophomore in 2012, but his asking price dropped him to the Pirates in the 27th round. The Mets selected him in the 45th round of the 2009 draft from a Texas high school.
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