Brian Johnson (pitcher)

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Brian Johnson
Boston Red Sox
Born: (1990-12-07) December 7, 1990 (age 24)
Cocoa Beach, Florida
Bats: Left Throws: Left

Christopher Brian Johnson (born December 7, 1990) is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Boston Red Sox organization. Johnson was part of the No. 1 recruiting class by Baseball America at the University of Florida and was named a freshman All-American by Baseball America, Yahoo! Sports, National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and Louisville Slugger in 2010. Johnson also played for the collegiate national Team USA baseball squad in the summer of 2010. Johnson was one of only two freshmen in the entire country, the other being Gator teammate Nolan Fontana, to play for Team USA.[1]

High school[edit]

Johnson graduated from Cocoa Beach High School in Cocoa Beach, Florida in 2009 and was coached during his high school baseball career by Matt Kellam and Rich Coleman.[2] Johnson was named First-Team All-State in Florida in 2008 and 2009.[3] Johnson was a five-year letterman for the Minutemen and was the Florida Today Baseball Player of the Year in 2008 and 2009.[4] (Previous POYs include Prince Fielder in 2002 and Clint Hurdle in 1975). Johnson finished with 352 strikeouts in 252.2 career innings and a career BA of .481 with 98 runs, 40 doubles, 21 home runs and 95 RBI.[5] Johnson also fired a 17-strikeout no-hitter vs. Space Coast High School in his senior year.[6] Johnson was the No. 84 ranked player in the USA by Baseball America in 2009.[4] He was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 27th round of the 2009 MLB Draft but did not sign and went to college instead.

University of Florida[edit]

Johnson served as the No. 2/3 starting pitcher for the University of Florida Gators baseball team in 2010. Johnson's pitching repertoire features a low 90's fastball, changeup, and curveball. Johnson turned down the Los Angeles Dodgers to go to UF.[7] He helped lead the Gators to their first College World Series (CWS) appearance since 2005. The Gators were ranked as high as No. 2 in the country by Baseball America.[8] Johnson was also named to the John Olerud Award watch list.[9] The award, given to the top two-way player in America, was won by Mike McGee of Florida State University. The Gators were eliminated by Florida State University 8–5 in the CWS and finished with a regular season record of 47–17.

Johnson finished the season with a .405 batting average, five doubles, four home runs and 21 RBI. In his pitching statistics, he finished with a 6–4 record in 14 starts, 14 walks, 51 strikeouts and 73.2 innings pitched for a 4.03 ERA.[10]

Johnson won the John Olerud Award in 2012.[11]

Collegiate awards and honors[edit]

Team USA[edit]

Johnson played for Team USA in the summer of 2010. Johnson finished second in appearances for the summer season with seven and he finished with the third-best ERA at 0.63 ERA. Johnson, the youngest player on the 23-man roster, finished with a 1–0 record, one save, 16 strikeouts, five walks and one earned run allowed in 14.1 innings pitched.[28] Johnson helped lead Team USA to a second-place finish in the 2010 International University Sports Federation World Baseball Championships. They fell to Cuba 4–3 in the championship game in Tokyo, Japan on August 7, 2010.[29]

Professional career[edit]

Brian Johnson was drafted by the Boston Red Sox with the 31st pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft. He signed with the Red Sox on June 27.[30]


Johnson's sister, Brooke, was a four-year letterman (2006–2009) for the Florida Gators softball team.[31] Johnson's older brother, Billy Jr., played four years of college baseball, finishing his career with Flagler College.[32] Brian's father, Billy Johnson, played football for Florida State University in the 1970s [33] Brian's uncle, Joe Williams, was the former head coach for Florida State University, Furman University, and Jacksonville University. Williams led JU to the 1970 NCAA Championship game vs. John Wooden-led UCLA.


  1. ^ a b - 2010 Team USA Baseball Roster
  2. ^ - CBHS Faculty
  3. ^ - Class 4A All-State Baseball Team The Tampa Tribune July 24, 2009
  4. ^ a b - Baseball Profile of Brian Johnson
  5. ^ - Johnson ready for breakout season
  6. ^ - Brian Johnson 2010 Profile and statistics
  7. ^ - Florida’s Johnson not a normal freshman April 29, 2010
  8. ^ - Baseball America College Top 25: March 22
  9. ^ - Baseball's Brian Johnson Named To John Olerud Watch List May 11, 2010
  10. ^ - Brian Johnson 2010 Statistics
  11. ^
  12. ^ "Baseball's Brian Johnson Named SEC Player Of The Week". Retrieved 16 April 2012. 
  13. ^ - FRIDAY MAY 20, 2011 UF's Brian Johnson & Mike Zunino Named Dick Howser Trophy Semifinalists
  14. ^ - FRIDAY JUNE 10, 2011 UF's Brian Johnson Chosen As Semifinalist For Olerud Award
  15. ^ a b - Brian Johnson Player Biography
  16. ^ - TUESDAY MAY 24, 2011 Zunino Named SEC Baseball Player Of The Year, Gators Collect Numerous Awards
  17. ^ - TUESDAY MAY 25, 2010 Gators Collect Numerous SEC Baseball Awards
  18. ^ - 2010 College Freshman All-America Team Staff Report July 7, 2010
  19. ^ - Yahoo! Sports Freshman All-America Team
  20. ^ - 2010 NCBWA Freshman All-American Team
  21. ^ - June 9, 2010 Four freshmen All-American team
  22. ^ UF places 58 on SEC Honor Roll
  23. ^ - Recruiting Notebook: Florida's Class Ranks No. 1 Nationally By Aaron Fitt October 20, 2009
  24. ^ - 2010 NCAA Championship Bracket
  25. ^ - NCAA Baseball: Gainesville Super Regional Breakdown
  26. ^ - SEC Freshmen of the Week, April 5 and May 3, 2010
  27. ^ - August 11, 2009 Complete 2009 MLB Draft results
  28. ^ - 2010 Collegiate National Team Final Statistics
  29. ^ - CNT: USA falls to Cuba, 4-3, in 10 inn. August 7, 2010
  30. ^ Red Sox sign first-round pick Brian Johnson and third-round pick Austin Maddox
  31. ^ - 2009 UF Softball Roster Brooke Johnson
  32. ^ - Billy Johnson Flagler College profile
  33. ^ - Florida State Football - 1973 Year In Review

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