Brian Johnson becomes second Florida Gator selected in MLB Draft first round
Florida left-handed pitcher/DH Brian Johnson has been selected by the Boston Red Sox with the 31st selection in the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft.
He joins teammate Mike Zunino, who was selcted third overall by the Seattle Mariners, and the two are part of the first Gator duo to be picked in the first round since Robby Thompson (San Francisco Giants) and Rich Rice (Baltimore Orioles) in 1983.
"I can't believe it's here,'' Johnson said Monday night.
A second-team All-American by Louisville Slugger and one of the five players in the running for the 2012 John Olerud Award as the nation’s top two-way standout, Johnson has been chosen first-team All-SEC for the past two seasons. This season he is 8-4 with a 3.56 ERA. He has 68 strikeouts in 86 innings, and is batting .310 clip, with 40 RBI, 22 runs, 12 doubles and five home runs. He threw his first career complete game to oust fourth-ranked South Carolina from the SEC Tourney on May 25, and matched his career high with four hits in the semifinal round the following day against Vanderbilt. In his most recent outing, Johnson limited Georgia Tech offense to one run on three hits over five innings on Sunday night in a 15-3 victory to punch earn the Gators' fourth straight trip to the NCAA Super Regionals.