2012 Draft Scouting Report: Brian Johnson

2012 Draft Scouting Report: Brian Johnson

Scouting reports are the foundation of the talent evaluation system, and the reports that are used on draft day are developed from multiple viewings over the course of an amateur career. As part of our 2012 draft coverage here at Scout.com, we're providing team quality first-hand scouting reports on the names you need to know on draft day. Here's a look at college pitcher, Brian Johnson.

Name: Brian Johnson
Position: Pitcher
School: Florida
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 235
Bats/Throws: L/L

Events Scouted: Cape Cod League


Physical Description

Johnson is exactly what you look for in a durable big league starter. He's thick and strong in his lower half and is highly physically mature overall. He's not a tremendous athlete, but he's as strong as they come.

Mechanics

Repeatability has been a strength for Johnson. He stays on top pretty consistently and extension out front is also a big strength. There's not too many moving parts either, which should bode well for him at the next level.

Fastball

89-91 mph is mostly what you'll see out of Johnson at the next level. It's not an overpowering offering and he'll rely mostly on movement and location. As it happens, he does locate very well and will occasionally top out at 92 or 93. He shows good two-seam movement and mostly lives in the lower quadrants of the zone.

Slider

There is some variation to Johnson's breaking ball and sometimes you'll see a more traditional curveball from him. Mostly, however, it's going to be the slider that he features. This pitch sits in the low 80s and shows some very late, diving action. It's the closest thing he has to a true swing and miss offering.

Changeup

Thrown around 80-82 mph, the changeup will be a key pitch for Johnson. He shows the arm action and differential for it to be a quality big league offering, but his command of it is going to need to improve in the coming years.

Summation

Brian Johnson gives you a very safe framework for a middle to back end of the rotation big league starter. He'll be a durable strike thrower with the potential for three quality offerings. Dominance won't be a word you associate with him but quality will be.

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