Johnson Throwing To Swihart In 2013 (SoxProspects.Com)
Enough is enough. A staff ERA over 5.00 is not acceptable. The Red Sox need to make a decision on either Justin Masterson or Wade Miley and insert 24-year old left-hander Brian Johnson into the rotation. Back in April, we advocated for this move. No more keeping talent too long in the minors—hey, this guy is already two years older than Bryce Harper, for crying out loud! At AAA this year, the 6'4" southpaw is 3-2 with a 3.03 ERA. In 29.2 innings pitched, he's given up just 21 hits and sports a WHIP of 1.247. He strikes out 9.4 batters per nine innings. The kid is ready. What, he's going to be worse than what we have now? Not bloody likely. Bring him up if you want to have any hope of salvaging the 2015 season.