Thursday, October 9, 2014

Brian Johnson Might Be Sox Fifth Starter Option

(Photo by Kelly O'Connor)
"Who?", we can hear many of our readers shouting at the notion of Brian Johnson as a possible fifth starter in the Red Sox rotation. But a careful look at the organization's depth—and the fact that Johnson is a lefty—might make him an option in that role at least in the second half of 2015. Johnson will soon be 24, making him a little more seasoned than other lefty choices (like the electric, but only 21-year old Eduardo Rodriguez). Johnson was Boston's first round pick two years ago (out of the University of Florida), and progressed nicely in 2014—(13-3, 2.13 ERA, 0.97 WHIP in 25 overall starts at AA and AAA). The authoritative cites Johnson's 'easy delivery' and 'smooth, repeatable mechanics'—all delivered from a 6'3" frame. He features a mid-90's fastball, a plus curve and a change-up. He's got a chance at Fenway in 2015.