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2012 Draft Scouting Report: Brian Johnson
Events Scouted: Cape Cod League
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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