27-Year-Old Pitcher – Boston Red Sox
2018 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Injuries paved the way for Johnson to make five starts with the Red Sox last season, but he spent most of the season in the rotation at Triple-A Pawtucket, where he carried a 3.09 ERA despite a modest...
Brian Johnson Contract Information:
Signed a contract with Boston that includes a slot-recommended bonus of $1.575 million in June 2012.
Johnson will be tried out as a reliever in 2018, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
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1 Games Pitched: Avg. 6.0 IP/G
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3 Games Pitched: Avg. 4.3 IP/G
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4 Games Pitched: Avg. 4.5 IP/G
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2017 Stat Review for Brian Johnson As compared to the top 100 starting pitchers in 2016 (min 130 in)
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Boston Red Sox Roster
MajorsBarnes, Matt (P)
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A+Jimenez, Dedgar (P)
AAybar, Yoan (OF)
RookieAcosta, Christopher (P)
Brian Johnson: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Johnson's story took a couple of turns in 2016. The left-hander had rocketed through the system, even making a start for Boston in 2015, before an elbow injury ended that season. Seemingly cast as a potential depth starter for 2016, Johnson suffered a toe injury during training camp and was on a pitch count early on for Triple-A Pawtucket. Noted for his pinpoint control, Johnson was wild to start the season, giving up 22 walks in 33 innings before getting placed on the temporary inactive list in May while he sought treatment for anxiety, a condition that had been building since 2015. The organization and his teammates were supportive as Johnson worked through the anxiety issues, and he eventually returned to Pawtucket in late July. He was better following his return, but it was still a lost year for him. He'll return to start for Pawtucket, but the team is placing no expectations on him. After this offseason's upgrades to the rotation, Johnson now looks like simply a depth piece.
Johnson made his major-league debut in 2015, getting a late-July start for Boston and he looked poised to get more starts over the final two months of the season as the Red Sox’s postseason chances headed south, but an elbow injury put a hold on those plans. Hearing the words “elbow injury” was certainly scary for the young left-hander, who didn’t experience structural damage and was able to avoid surgery. He started playing catch in October and is expected to have a normal offseason training regimen. Prior to the second-half drama, Johnson had been Triple-A Pawtucket’s best and most consistent starter. While not overpowering, Johnson has four pitches, he controls all of them, and he has a good feel for pitch-sequencing. Because he was shut down, Johnson is behind fellow young lefties Eduardo Rodriguez and Henry Owens, who each got multiple starts in the majors. Those two will be candidates for Boston’s starting rotation coming out of spring training while Johnson is likely to start the year back at Pawtucket.
No Red Sox prospect increased his value more in 2014 than Johnson. The left-handed starter has become one of the top-ranked prospects in the Red Sox's minor-league system. He used his four-pitch arsenal with great effectiveness early on at High-A Salem and later at Double-A Portland. He was so good, equally effective against righties and lefties, the Red Sox promoted him late in the season to Triple-A Pawtucket, for whom he started in the Triple-A playoffs. His fastball is a pedestrian 88-92 mph, so his ceiling is limited to that of a mid-rotation starter, but he's in control of his offerings and mixes his pitches well. Johnson will open the season with Triple-A Pawtucket and it wouldn't be surprising to see him get a look in Boston later in the season.
Johnson, 23, didn't benefit from a normal offseason training program because he was recovering from multiple orbital fractures that ended his 2012 season prematurely. As such, he struggled early on in 2013, allowing 17 earned runs on 36 hits and 17 walks in 38.2 innings before shoulder tendinitis sent him to the disabled list. Upon his return, Johnson was a different pitcher. He permitted five runs over 31 innings, surrendering 14 hits while striking out 30, and earned a promotion to High-A Salem. Johnson has a four-pitch mix and knows how to pitch. He should advance pretty quickly to the upper levels.
Johnson, a first-round draft pick in 2012, is a well-filled out left-hander who possesses an advanced feel for pitching. His 2012 season was cut short when he suffered some facial fractures after being struck by a batted ball. He has a low-90s heater that can tick up to 95 mph when needed. Johnson mixes in a curve and change-up. Command isn't at a high level just yet. He'll need to work on honing his arsenal and developing a level of consistency with each. As he moves along in the coming years, staying in shape will be key. His body type can blow up if he's not attentive to his fitness. He'll be building his innings up at Low-A Greenville, working on all of his pitches and locating down in the zone. Johnson can have success at the lower levels; whether he maintains a path as a starter is something we'll find out when he reaches the higher levels.