The Boston Red Sox selected left-handed pitcher Brian Johnson from the Florida with the 31st pick of the first round of the 2012 MLB Draft. Johnson was a solid two-way player with the Gators, but he will be pitching exclusively when he joins the professional ranks. John Sickels at Baseball Nation sees Johnson as a high-floor, low-ceiling "innings-eating starter" at the next level.
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.
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