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Brian Johnson a 'bright spot' for Red Sox
|by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com|
|(3/29/15) Red Sox pitcher Brian Johnson has impressed manager John Farrell in spring training.
Johnson is 1-1 with a 2.38 ERA this spring. He's struck out 13 in 11 and a third innings. His velocity has also been improved. He regularly hits 91 mph and has thrown as hard as 94.
Farrell called Johnson "one of the bright spots in camp" on Sunday, per Alex Speier of the Boston Globe.
Red Sox SP Brian Johnson strikes out five vs. Marlins Tuesday
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
|(3/24/15) Red Sox starting pitcher Brian Johnson surrendered one earned run on one hit and three walks in 3 2/3 innings while striking out five in his team's 9-4 loss to the Marlins Tuesday.
Johnson has used the spring to emerge as one of the team's best options to serve as a fill-in starter if an injury strikes a rotation member, MLB.com reports.
"Honestly, I just try to go out there and make my presence felt," Johnson said Tuesday. "Just go out there and do the best I can, and at that given point in time, hopefully it works out. I try to work as hard as I can on my five days and what leads up with that."
Johnson has impressed with his pace and command.
"I thought he threw the ball as good as he has in previous outings," manager John Farrell said Tuesday. "An occasional four-pitch walk, but he was able to get a ground-ball double play. He shows three very good pitches for strikes. The breaking ball curveball is what he continues to show increased sharpness and depth to it. I thought it was a solid outing for him today."
Johnson has posted a 2.38 ERA and 13:6 K:BB ratio in 11 1/3 innings this spring.
Red Sox SP Brian Johnson quietly moving up prospect rankings
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
|(3/9/15) The Red Sox have plenty of quality pitching prospects, including Henry Owens, Eduardo Rodriguez and Matt Barnes. However, one player quietly making a name for himself in the minors is Brian Johnson, who is now considered the Red Sox's fifth-best prospect and third-best pitching prospect by Baseball America.
“If you look at last year, you could make the case he had the best minor-league season of anyone in our system,” one member of the Red Sox front office said, per The Boston Herald.
The 2012 first-round pick out of the University of Florida went 13-3 with a 2.13 ERA in 25 starts between high Class A and Double-A in 2014. He is 15-9 with a 2.23 ERA over 48 minor-league starts.
Johnson was on the hill Sunday against the Mets. He allowed one run on three hits in two innings, while striking out two.
“He’s got good mound presence,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "He works quick. He’s shown a little bit more velocity, particularly on an occasional fastball. But just the overall package of strike-throwing and confidence and pace on the mound has been impressive.
“He might not have garnered a lot of the same attention outside of the Red Sox, but we value him, and he’s a good pitcher."
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