Monday, December 20, 2004

Tyler Johnson Report

Tyler Johnson, LHP, Oakland Athletics
Drafted 1013th Overall (34th Rd), 2000 Draft, Moorpark College
Bats B/Throws L
23 YO, 6'2", 180 lbs

I'm not as wild about Johnson as some other people are. He looks like a potentially very good lefty reliever, but he has issues with allowing the free pass. He walked 37 batters in 56 1/3 innings this season, and has consistantly posted high walk rates throughout his pro career. The good part is that he's always had little problem striking out hitters, evidenced by the 77 K's he put up for Tennessee.

As a Rule 5 pick, he's worth the price of admission, but I doubt the A's are going to stay for the end of the show. If somebody can iron out his control, he could be a beast. I'm not sure whether that's a reasonable expectation though.

ETA: Opening Day
2 Stars

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