Slender, well-proportioned frame, narrow shoulders with some slope, moderate muscle tone in upper body, could add additional strength; still shows baseline athleticism, tentative movements, lacked coordination and flow displayed in previous viewing; semi-wind, deeper rock with some effort into leg kick, abrupt hand break, poor timing into arm swing, mild stab, above-average arm speed, inconsistent arm slot, generally three-quarter, significant release point variance; backside collapse, more mechanical through drive, extreme length to slot, soft drive, not getting downhill; inverted strike, extremely firm, closed off at plant, extreme crossfire, comes around plant foot, dead-arm finish; struggled to repeat in the stretch, poor timing, hard strike, magnified release point inconsistencies; 1.25-1.48, occasional slide-step
Plus velo, well below-average command, inconsistent finish; boring action, runs well to the hands right-on-right, average life, flattens out up in the zone; did not appear to feature a two-seam variant in this start, limited movement; struggled with consistent release all night, misses low to glove side and up over the heart; slingshot delivery lacks deception, lefties and righties alike saw it
Hard change with split action, vertical movement, limited fade; confidence in pitch, works it right-on-right; feel and command have regressed, heavy use diminishes utility, too many starting below the zone, limited chase, lots of contact in-zone; some swing-and-miss potential, generated a handful
11-5 hook, quality depth with late horizontal action; will roll it, inconsistent bite, bat-misser when he snaps it off, below-average command
Johnson's mechanics and stuff have both taken considerable steps back since my last look in May, with poor results leading to tentative actions on the mound. His athleticism is still evident, and there are plenty of glimpses of the more fluid movement and delivery he showed earlier in the year. But the timing is a mess, leading to poor balance throughout the delivery and an arm slot that wandered all over the place in this start. The ensuing command was well below-average, with hard contact on the end of too many pitches. The raw ingredients of a mid-rotation starter are still in there, but he lacked for confidence and didn't look right in this start. The ceiling looks a lot farther away than it did two months ago, and the consistency and command issues are such that he's closer to an org arm if they represent a new normal.