. . . is scheduled to make his season debut tonight, starting for Dayton. It'll be interesting to follow his development. Two years ago, holding his own in the Midwest League at the age of 19, I considered him to be in the very top group of Reds starting pitching prospects. But he was unable to pitch last year because of shoulder surgery. I don't know the extent of his injury, but shoulder surgery often takes something out of a pitcher. On the other hand, Johnson, who at 6-4 has an ample frame, is reported to be much bigger and stronger now in the upper body. His velocity was previously adequate, not great. His best assets were his poise, intelligence and command.
Glad to have him back in the picture.