High 3/4 left-hander; average arm speed; easy arm action with full extension. Full windup; clean hand break letters high; medium pace; repeats delivery very well but not very athletic. Tough pick up; deceptive front side with high glove arm and hides ball. Mature, durable frame with no projection left; good size and pitches with downward plane. Works exceptionally fast between pitches; throws strikes; keeps hitters off balance.
Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA, Red Sox)
04-27-2015; 05-14-2015; 06-08-2015
50; #4 Starter
Above average life; sink and tail; good plane; induces weak contact as well as missing bats low; flattens out when thrown up and very hittable. Excellent command; spots fastball both sides of the plate; regularly works in and out with fastball; plus feel for setting up hitters.
1/7 downer; somewhat soft with inconsistent spin; average movement. Plus-plus command; plays with depth; locates as strike, chase, back door and back up; comfortable throwing to left-handers and right-handers in any count. Misses bats, but more a product of pitchability than raw stuff.
2/8 shallow slurve; varies in depth and sometimes acts more as a cutter; not a swing and miss offering. Throws for strikes, but doesn’t locate as well as CB.
Sink and fade; above average life. Good feel for pitch; thrown with same arm speed as FB. Induces groundballs and weak contact.
50; #4 Starter. Johnson pitches with below average velocity, only solid average stuff and no real plus offering, but his feel for pitching and FB command causes both his individual pitches and whole profile to play up. Johnson could have a long career as a command and control back end starter, but without a big fastball or an out-pitch, Johnson’s margin for error is small on any given day.