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Brian Johnson | Starting Pitcher

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (24) / 12/7/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 235
Bats / Throws: Left / Left

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Brian Johnson has been diagnosed with an ulnar nerve issue in his left elbow.
The good news is that there doesn't appear to be anything wrong with the ligament, and the Red Sox think he'll be fine with rest and rehab. They're going to proceed cautiously with him, however, so there would seem to be a good chance he won't make another appearance at Triple-A Pawtucket this season. Aug 4 - 6:33 PM

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Brian Johnson will be placed on Triple-A Pawtucket's disabled list due to left elbow tightness.

Johnson has been mentioned as a possibility to take Joe Kelly's spot in the rotation later this week, but obviously that won't happen now. He'll be re-evaluated later Monday or Tuesday before more is known about a potential timetable.
Aug 3 - 7:09 PM

Red Sox LHP prospect Brian Johnson scattered four hits and three walks over 6 1/3 scoreless frames Tuesday in a win for Triple-A Pawtucket.

He threw a season-high 100 pitches and finished with six strikeouts. The 24-year-old has been among the best pitchers in Triple-A this year. His 2.54 ERA is third-lowest in the International League. He also has the league's lowest WHIP (1.10) and the sixth-highest strikeout total (87). Johnson failed to impress in his Red Sox debut July 21 at Houston (4 1/3 IP, 3 H, 4 BB, 4 ER) but he should have plenty more chances to prove himself in the bigs.
Jul 29 - 3:05 PM

Red Sox optioned LHP Brian Johnson to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Johnson gets the boot to clear a spot for Joe Kelly, who will rejoin the Red Sox rotation on Wednesday night in Houston. Johnson allowed four runs over 4 1/3 innings Tuesday in his major league debut. He'll return to a strong 2.73 ERA, 1.097 WHIP, and 8.5 K/9 at Triple-A.
Jul 22 - 5:41 PM

Brian Johnson was up and down in his MLB debut, allowing four runs over 4 1/3 innings in Tuesday's loss to the Astros.

Johnson demonstrated a nice curve while striking out three, but the lefty also walked four in the start. A throwing error by catcher Ryan Hanigan that allowed a run to score and another run coming in after he exited contributed to Johnson's poor line. Johnson was the team's first-round draft pick in 2012 and will surely be given a bit of an extended look given the team's veritable lack of better options. A tough start against the Tigers is on tap for Sunday.
Jul 22 - 12:32 AM

Brian Johnson will make his major league debut on Tuesday against the Astros in Houston.

The Red Sox have yet to announce a starter for Monday, but it's expected that Steven Wright will be recalled. Johnson was impressive over 85 2/3 innings at Triple-A Pawtucket, registering a 2.73 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 81/26 K/BB ratio.
Jul 17 - 9:31 PM

Brian Johnson will start for the Red Sox on Monday or Tuesday.

It had been expected that he would replace the injured Clay Buchholz in the Red Sox rotation, and that's now official. The 24-year-old southpaw, who will be making his big league debut, compiled a 2.73 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 81/26 K/BB ratio over 85 2/3 innings at Triple-A Pawtucket. He's worth a look in AL-only and deeper mixed leagues, especially with a two-start week on tap.
Jul 16 - 8:29 PM

Red Sox purchased the contract of LHP Brian Johnson from Triple-A Pawtucket.

The Red Sox haven't revealed what Johnson's role will be, but the expectation is that he'll be taking Clay Buchholz's (elbow) spot in the rotation. The southpaw earned a promotion after putting up a 2.73 ERA and 81/26 K/BB ratio across 85 2/3 innings for Pawtucket. He's more of a back-end starter type than a front-end guy, but Johnson is worth a look in AL-only leagues.
Jul 12 - 8:48 AM

Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports that the Red Sox have promoted top prospect LHP Brian Johnson.

Johnson is confirmed to be in the Red Sox's clubhouse at present moment, but the team hasn't made his promotion official, nor has it announced a corresponding roster move to make room. For Johnson, a Mark Buehrle-like crafty left-hander, the promotion is well deserved. He's mowed down minor league hitters for years and has posted a 2.73 ERA in 16 starts for Triple-A Pawtucket PawSox this year with a 81/26 K/BB ration across 85 2/3 innings. Our best guess until we hear otherwise is that Johnson will be available out of the 'pen Saturday and Sunday and will join the rotation after the All-Star break. It's entirely possible that Clay Buchholz is disabled list-bound with an elbow injury sustained Friday.
Jul 11 - 3:51 PM

Red Sox prospect LHP Brian Johnson allowed one unearned run in 6 2/3 innings on Wednesday for Triple-A Pawtucket.

He yielded one hit and one walk while striking out seven in the outing, throwing 71 of 93 pitches for strikes. Johnson, 24, is seemingly next in line among Boston’s pitching prospects to receive a promotion to the big leagues, as he’s posted an excellent 2.57 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, .214 opponents’ batting average and 76/23 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 80 2/3 innings (14 starts) for Pawtucket. The left-hander doesn’t have overpowering stuff, but he makes up for it with his pitchability, plus command profile and knack for inducing ground balls.
Jun 25 - 3:21 PM

Red Sox prospect Brian Johnson was lights out Tuesday in a win for Triple-A Pawtucket.

Johnson allowed just two hits over seven shutout frames. The 24-year-old has been coming up aces all year, limiting opponents to a .175 average across three starts. His 0.56 ERA is the lowest in the International League. The Red Sox don't have an opening in the rotation right now, but it looks like Johnson is quickly outgrowing Triple-A.
Apr 22 - 3:01 PM

Brian Johnson allowed one run and one hit over 3 2/3 innings Tuesday against the Marlins.

There's little doubt that Steven Wright is Boston's sixth starter at the moment. Johnson could be No. 7, though Matt Barnes is another option there, and top prospect Eduardo Rodriguez and Henry Owens will also factor into that mix soon enough. Johnson isn't viewed as having a whole lot of upside, but he went 10-2 with a 1.75 ERA in 20 starts for Double-A Portland last season. He could have a future as a fourth or fifth starter.
Mar 24 - 4:58 PM

Red Sox prospect Brian Johnson was diagnosed Saturday with multiple orbital bone fractures.

Johnson was struck in the face by a batted ball while pitching in game for Low-A Lowell Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park. He has been cleared of a concussion but will likely be shut down for the remainder of the 2012 season. The 21-year-old left-hander was the No. 31 overall pick in the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft.
Sat, Aug 18, 2012 04:12:00 PM

The Red Sox are expected to sign first-round LHP Brian Johnson for $1.575 million.

That's the assigned slot for the No. 31 overall pick. A Florida product, Johnson doesn't have a ton of upside but projects as a solid mid- to back-end rotation starter that should move through the system quickly.
Wed, Jun 20, 2012 10:33:00 PM

Red Sox selected Florida LHP Brian Johnson with the No. 31 overall pick in the 2012 draft.

Also a hard-hitting first baseman, Johnson doesn't project as an above-average MLB talent, but instead a polished, middle-of-the-rotation type who won't need much time to develop in the minors. Johnson's fastball is not a plus-pitch, but he locates it extremely well. How quickly he refines his ordinary breaking stuff should determine when he reaches the bigs.
Mon, Jun 4, 2012 10:21:00 PM

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C1Blake Swihart
2Ryan Hanigan
3Christian Vazquez
4Sandy Leon
1B1Hanley Ramirez
2Travis Shaw
2B1Dustin Pedroia
2Brock Holt
3Josh Rutledge
SS1Xander Bogaerts
3B1Pablo Sandoval
2Deven Marrero
LF1Jackie Bradley
CF1Mookie Betts
RF1Rusney Castillo
2Allen Craig
DH1David Ortiz
Starting Pitcher
S1Clay Buchholz
2Rick Porcello
3Wade Miley
4Eduardo Rodriguez
5Joe Kelly
6Steven Wright
7Henry Owens
Relief Pitcher
R1Koji Uehara
2Jean Machi
3Junichi Tazawa
4Alexi Ogando
5Craig Breslow
6Robbie Ross
7Tommy Layne
8Heath Hembree
9Jonathan Aro
10Matt Barnes
11Rich Hill
12Noe Ramirez
13Ryan Cook
14Roman Mendez