Monday, April 27, 2015

Sox Prospect Johnson Should Be In Rotation

Left-Handed AAA Starter Brian Johnson
Red Sox minor league starting pitcher Brian Johnson is now 24 years old. He's a lefty, 6'4" and 230. He is laying waste to AAA batting orders. He's 2-1 with a 0.56 ERA in three starts for "The Soon-To-Be Providence Red Sox". Johnson has struck out 18 batters in 16 innings and owns a WHIP of 0.88. In any other of the 29 organizations is baseball (with the possible exception of the Washington Nationals), he would be in The Show already. Why he isn't in the decimated Red Sox rotation right now is a mystery. Boston has the second worst starter ERA in Major League Baseball (5.35)—and it's only getting worse by the day. It turns out these are five number three starters. If Ben Cherington is still reluctant to trade top prospects for Cole Hamels (which, in our view, is a legitimate position), then at least bring this kid up—before he ceases to be a "kid".