2012 MLB Draft: Boston Red Sox Select Pitcher Brian Johnson

Brian Johnson, LHP, University of Florida: A two-way threat in college, Johnson is also a prospect as a first baseman, although scouts prefer him on the mound. Listed at 6-3, 235, he has average velocity for a lefty in the upper-80s, but mixes it well with a curveball, slider, and changeup. He went 7-4, 3.67 in 15 starts for the Gators, with a 64/15 K/BB in 81 innings and 76 hits allowed. Scouts think he could be more dominant once he moves to pitching full-time. He represents a fairly low upside pick for the Red Sox, but has a very good chance to get to the majors at least as an inning-eating starter. At worst, he can help in the bullpen. Unlike most two-way players, he’s not an especially good athlete, although he repeats his delivery well. Command is his best attribute, but we’ll have to see how he adjusts to faster competition once he reaches Double-A.

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