Re: Jacob Johnson
Just a little bump here, because Johnson's two starts have been highly encouraging: 10 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K. Obviously, the strikeouts aren't exactly what you're looking for, but I'm willing to overlook that for the time being--considering that the guy is coming off shoulder surgery that made him miss a season-plus.
The overriding point, for me, is that he has been able to return with plenty of stuff to get batters out. Everything else about Johnson--his size, his makeup, his pitchability, his career track--has been above question. Put it all together and I'm about ready to return Johnson to his place among the top half-dozen or so starters in the organization. Possibly just behind Sulbaran and Lotzkar (who, of course, are just behind Cingrani, Corcino and maybe Stephenson, depending on how you value guys who haven't yet thrown a professional pitch.)
We're all anxious to get a look at Cisco and Vaughn Covington; and I think Justice French might be bidding for a spot among the big boys. In the meantime, it looks to me like Johnson is fast re-establishing his prospect status. And I think it's a significant development for the organization.