Thursday, June 21, 2012

Red Sox To Sign Papelbon Compensation Pick

First Round Pick Brian Johnson
In compensation for losing Jonathan Papelbon to the Phillies, the Red Sox got the 31st 'sandwich' pick in the first round of the MLB Draft. With that pick, Boston selected University of Florida left-hander Brian Johnson, and reports indicate that the Red Sox will sign him to a $1.575 million deal (the recommended slot price by MLB). Johnson threw 90 innings for the Gators this year, going 8-5 with a 3.90 ERA. He struck out 73, walked 18, and gave up 87 hits. Since Florida has been bounced from the College World Series, Johnson may report soon. Last June, Johnson was involved in a bizarre incident, when his own catcher knocked him unconscious with a misdirected throw to second base.