Diamond Cutter Scouting Report: Josh Johnson

Johnson has proven to be ace material. (afagen/Flickr)

Name: Josh Johnson
Number: 55
Position: Starting Pitcher
Born: 1/31/84
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
Height: 6’7″
Weight: 250
Debut: 9/10/05

Scouting Report: Johnson has established himself as a rising ace for the Marlins. He is a tall power pitcher who is very imposing on the mound with his 6-7 frame. He has a very smooth, sound delivery and takes advantage of his stature by producing a fantastic downhill angle to the plate which gives the appearance that the pitch is coming down on the hitter.

His pitch arsenal includes both a two and four-seam fastball (sitting between 92-96 mph) which is lively both up and down in the strike zone. Johnson does a great job pitching inside on hitters which helps open up the strike zone for him where many pitchers are affraid to go. His secondary (strikeout) pitch is a power slider that he is able to change the break on depending on if he is facing a lefty or a righty and keeps hitters honest. Also adds a decent changeup as a third pitch.

Johnson has completely recovered from his Tommy John surgery he had a few years ago and established himself as a legitimate star on the mound. The only question now remains how good can he become and what uniform will he be wearing as he realizes his greatness.

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2 Responses to Diamond Cutter Scouting Report: Josh Johnson

  1. James says:

    Everyone seems to be focused on Roy Halladay when perhaps they should be looking at Johnson, who is younger and cheaper. This guy is the best pitcher no one knows about, IMO.

  2. I agree James. What a steal he could be for a team while everyone is focused on Halladay.

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