Brian Johnson Salem Red Sox  |  Pitcher

     
 


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Age: 23
Born: December 7, 1990
Cocoa Beach, FL
Height: 6-3
Weight: 235
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
Drafted: 1st round, 2012;
27th round, 2009 by Los Angeles (NL)
How Acquired: Draft
College: Florida
High School: Cocoa Beach (FL)
ETA: Mid 2015

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Scouting Report: Well-filled out left-handed starter. Body to withstand the rigors of starting as a professional. Easy delivery. Smooth, repeatable mechanics. 82-93 mph fastball. Can top out at 94-95 mph when reaching back. Fastball shows downward movement and tail. Solid-average command. Ability to throw to both sides of the plate. 73-79 mph curveball. Solid-average potential. Shows depth and tight break in upper reaches of velocity range. Can roll on occasion. Average-to-solid-average command. Throws pitch for strikes. Average 83-85 mph changeup. Shows feel for offering. Projects as a pitch that will induce weak contact. Will mix 80-83 mph slider into sequences. Slurvy break. Likely better served focusing on sharpening curveball in early going to create more of a distinction between the two pitches. Will need to maintain body as he ages. A bit on the soft side. Strong pitchability. Knows how to pitch. Advanced entering the professional ranks. Projects as a reliever, but has ceiling of a No. 5 starter.

Links

Johnson ramping up (8.16.12)
2013 Prospect Preview

Johnson looking to put batted-ball accident behind him (3.22.13)
2013 Top 40 Season in Review
Dispatches from the Fort: Spring Training 2014 (3.27.14)

 
   
  Pitching Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l % era g gs sv ip h r er hr bb so whip k/bb k/9
  2010 Florida NCAA Coll --- 19 6 4 0.600 4.03 16 14 0 73.7 88 38 33 9 14 51 1.38 3.64 6.23
  2011 Florida NCAA Coll --- 20 8 3 0.727 3.62 16 15 0 79.7 78 36 32 4 15 72 1.17 4.80 8.13
  2012 Florida NCAA Coll --- 21 8 5 0.615 3.90 17 17 0 90.0 87 42 39 8 18 73 1.17 4.06 7.30
  2012 Lowell NYPL A Bos 21 0 0 --- 0.00 4 4 0 5.7 2 0 0 0 1 4 0.53 4.00 6.35
  2013 GCL Red Sox GCL Rk Bos 22 0 0 --- 0.00 2 2 0 5.0 1 0 0 0 2 7 0.60 3.50 12.60
  2013 Greenville SAL A Bos 22 1 6 0.143 2.87 15 15 0 69.0 50 29 22 4 28 69 1.13 2.46 9.00
  2013 Salem Car A Bos 22 1 0 1.000 1.64 2 2 0 11.0 9 2 2 0 5 8 1.27 1.60 6.55
  2014 Salem Car A Bos 23     stats                            
   
  Hitting Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
  2010 Florida NCAA Coll --- 19 27 84 13 34 5 1 4 21 53 9 15 0 0 0.405 0.458 0.631 1.089
  2011 Florida NCAA Coll --- 20 61 192 26 59 11 2 5 29 89 21 36 2 0 0.307 0.381 0.464 0.845
  2012 Florida NCAA Coll --- 21 56 292 24 62 13 0 6 41 93 11 34 9 1 0.307 0.350 0.460 0.810
   
  Additional Player Info  
  Pronunciation: ---
First Pro Contract:
June 27, 2012 by Anthony Turco
Signing Bonus: $1,575,000
MiLB Debut: July 29, 2012 (Lowell)
MLFA Eligible: November 2018
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2015
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut:
-
MLB Service Time (through 2013):
-
Options Remaining
: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2014): MiLB contract
Trade Restrictions
: -
     
  Awards
2010 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American
2010 Baseball America Freshman All-American
2012 John Olerud Award
SoxProspects.com Awards
2013 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (May 20-26, 2013)

 

  

 
 

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