No. 31: Sox land Florida LHP Johnson

June, 4, 2012
The Red Sox picked University of Florida left-hander (and first baseman) Brian Johnson with their second pick, No. 31 overall.

Here's an assessment of Johnson by ESPN Insider Kiley McDaniel:

McDaniel: Johnson is a lower-ceiling, higher-probability college starter who doesn't get scouts excited with his upside but has a very good chance to reach his ceiling of a No. 3/4 starter. Johnson works with a four pitch mix, including an average fastball with two-seam life that he commands well at 88-92 mph. He backs it up with a curveball that's consistently above-average and is plus at times, along with an above-average slider and changeup. His command is also solid, with some scouts calling it above-average as well. He's a pitchability lefty with above-average stuff and command along the lines of Mark Buehrle and also has average raw power from the left side as a solid 1B prospect. Johnson isn't the greatest athlete and is a little stiff, but he makes his delivery work for him and could help the Red Sox as a quick-moving savvy lefty.



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