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Brian Johnson | Starting Pitcher

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (24) / 12/7/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 235
Bats / Throws: Left / Left

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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

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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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