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|Jake Johansen continues to pitch well |
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
(7/30/13) Nationals starting pitcher prospect Jake Johansen continued his stellar start to his pro career Monday, tossing a career-best five scoreless innings for Class A Auburn. The 2013 second-round pick (68th overall) is 0-1 with a 0.99 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and .125 opponents' batting average in seven starts.
Johansen has struck out 28 batters in 27 1/3 innings, but he has had some command issues, walking 14 batters.
|Jake Johansen off to strong start |
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
(7/17/13) Nationals 2013 first-round draft pick Jake Johansen has impressed in his brief professional debut.
Through four starts, Johansen has a 0.71 ERA in 12 2/3 innings. He has 13 strikeouts and 10 walks over those starts. The team used Johansen slowly during his first two starts, but he's increased his workload and has been able to go at least four innings in his last two appearances. Johansen is pitching for the short-season Auburn Doubledays, and is still a long way from making his big-league debut.
|Despite a disappointing career at Dallas Baptist, the Nationals selected Jake Johansen in the second round in 2013 because of his exceptional arm strength, which he had trouble exploiting during his college career. Well, once the Nationals got a hold of him, they simplified his approach and the results to begin his pro career were outstanding. The Nationals got the right-hander to attack hitters with his power pitches rather than trying to trick them, according to Baseball America, which led to Johansen going 1-3 with a 1.92 ERA and 1.12 WHIP in 12 starts between two levels of Class A. He also struck out 8.9 batters per nine innings. Despite his early success, Johansen still has some shortcomings, particularly all of his secondary pitches needing major refinement. If Johansen can't develop his secondary pitches, then he might end up as a bullpen arm. There's definitely upside here, but Johansen is just a long-term Fantasy keeper.
(Updated 1/10/14) |
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