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Title: CB's Brian Johnson Scouted by the Pros
Post by: shadow on February 21, 2009, 10:21:10 PM
I watched this kid play baseball today and he seems to be the real deal even though he did get rocked in the 5th inning against Rockledge.
Been hearing about Brian for a while and apparently the kid hits home run's a pitchs strike outs and he does both good enough to be scouted by the pros.
There were plenty there to see him play today and they weren't dissapointed.......luckily most were long gone by the fifth inning.
Possible future Hall of Fame pitcher?...you never know.
Here's a youtube of him getting 5 strike outs in one inning.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChGSBe2ZxAw (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChGSBe2ZxAw)

Gators Recruited Him http://www.gatorcountry.com/swampgas/showthread.php?t=60337 (http://www.gatorcountry.com/swampgas/showthread.php?t=60337)
http://www.gatorzone.com/story.php?id=14871 (http://www.gatorzone.com/story.php?id=14871)

(http://ww.16streets.com/index_images/Brian-Johnson.JPG)
Title: Re: CB's Brian Johnson Scouted by the Pros
Post by: Beak on February 26, 2009, 06:28:06 PM
Looks like a young Sandy Kofax
Title: Re: CB's Brian Johnson Scouted by the Pros
Post by: jt on February 28, 2009, 07:59:39 AM
wow, hes a big dude, 6-4, 220-pound.....
Title: Re: CB's Brian Johnson Scouted by the Pros
Post by: reefs on March 07, 2009, 08:25:35 AM
Bunpity Bump for Brian to find this!!!
Title: Re: CB's Brian Johnson Scouted by the Pros
Post by: RoosterJaws on March 07, 2009, 08:33:59 AM
"Here's a youtube of him getting 5 strike outs in one inning." (Shadow)

That's almost Godlike, being that its practically impossible to do that  :monkey:  :flamethrower:
Title: Re: CB's Brian Johnson Scouted by the Pros
Post by: reefs on April 04, 2009, 08:07:17 AM
Brian is featured on Max Preps

Johnson is a 5-year letterman for the Minutemen. He is ranked in the Baseball America Top 100 and Perfect Game Crosschecker Top 100 and has signed with the University of Florida. 2008 Florida Today Baseball Player of the Year, 2008 Class 4A First-Team All-State selection, 2007 & 2008 Florida Today First-Team All Space Coast selectee. Participated in the 2008 East Coast Professional Showcase & Florida Diamond Club. Johnson hit .540 in 25 games. His totals included 10 doubles, eight homers, 23

video link
http://www.maxpreps.com/fanpages/maxprepstv.mxp/videoid-2B2E3EBD-6254-4D62-B7A7-04ECF8E1B007 (http://www.maxpreps.com/fanpages/maxprepstv.mxp/videoid-2B2E3EBD-6254-4D62-B7A7-04ECF8E1B007)

his Max Preps Page
http://www.maxpreps.com/florida/baseball/cocoa-beach/brian-johnson/stats.aspx?athleteid=85db2e7c-0401-44df-85be-aa76102c1ff5&ssid=adbd6bc0-7585-418e-8d8c-bf56eb02934e&urpath=,local,player (http://www.maxpreps.com/florida/baseball/cocoa-beach/brian-johnson/stats.aspx?athleteid=85db2e7c-0401-44df-85be-aa76102c1ff5&ssid=adbd6bc0-7585-418e-8d8c-bf56eb02934e&urpath=,local,player)

I work with his older brother and his family is sure proud of him!!!

Title: Re: CB's Brian Johnson Scouted by the Pros
Post by: Chappy Jennings Army on April 05, 2009, 10:50:28 PM
 Holy crap!!  This Brian Johnson rocks!!!

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bomv-6CJSfM (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bomv-6CJSfM)





 Beat you to it, Nuttjelly!
Title: Re: CB's Brian Johnson Scouted by the Pros
Post by: shadow on February 28, 2010, 09:03:15 AM
Johnson shines in Gator debut
Florda Today Article

http://www.floridatoday.com/article/20100221/SPORTS0404/2210325/Johnson-shines-in-Gator-debut (http://www.floridatoday.com/article/20100221/SPORTS0404/2210325/Johnson-shines-in-Gator-debut)
Title: Re: CB's Brian Johnson Scouted by the Pros
Post by: jt on March 01, 2010, 08:30:22 AM
Wow, he is firing!

Pitching is really hard.
Title: Re: CB's Brian Johnson Scouted by the Pros
Post by: roger on March 01, 2010, 10:00:54 PM
Pitching is easy.

Watching the ball fly over your head toward the outfield fence is hard.  Go Gators!
Title: Re: CB's Brian Johnson Scouted by the Pros
Post by: reefs on March 02, 2010, 12:12:58 AM
Best part is that he's a good kid and has worked hard to get where he is!!!
Title: Re: CB's Brian Johnson Scouted by the Pros
Post by: shadow on April 26, 2010, 07:20:08 AM
Brian Pitched a great 7 innings and then started the winning ralley with a single yesterday.

Not bad.

Johnson pitched brilliantly, holding one of the league’s most potent offenses scoreless over a career-high seven innings in which he gave up three hits. The southpaw registered a career-high nine strikeouts, the most by a Florida pitcher since Jeff Barfield (Perry, Ga.) had nine against Tennessee on March 20, 2009. Junior Kevin Chapman (Coral Springs, Fla.) (2-0) worked two innings and picked up the win after yielding a game-tying homer in the eighth.


With the teams deadlocked at a run apiece, freshman Brian Johnson (Cocoa Beach, Fla.) poked a one-out single up the middle off senior Mike Bolsinger (4-2) and was replaced by Dent on first base. Senior Matt den Dekker (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) (2-for-4) sent the right-hander’s next offering into right field for two runners aboard, bringing Zunino to the plate. The freshman stroked an 0-1 pitch into shallow right field and Dent was called safe at home plate to give the Gators their first series victory over the Hogs since the 2006
http://www.gatorzone.com/story.php?id=18073 (http://www.gatorzone.com/story.php?id=18073)
Title: Re: CB's Brian Johnson Scouted by the Pros
Post by: Walker D on May 11, 2010, 11:05:54 AM
Cocoa Beach's Johnson on watch list

Cocoa Beach's Brian Johnson was named one of 25 players nationally on the John Olerud two-way player of the year watch list on Tuesday.

The award goes to the top two-way player in college basetball. As a pitcher at the University of Florida Johnson is 4-2 with a 3.74 earned run average and 38 strikeouts in 53 innings. As a designated hitter, he has a .385 (15-for-39) batting average with 10 RBI, including grand slams against defending national champion LSU and Alabama.

http://gators.flatoday.net/2010/05/cocoa-beachs-johnson-on-watch-list.html (http://gators.flatoday.net/2010/05/cocoa-beachs-johnson-on-watch-list.html)
Title: Re: CB's Brian Johnson Scouted by the Pros
Post by: roger on May 11, 2010, 08:16:54 PM
I keep seeing this kid's name in the paper for doing very impressive things on the field. His pitching has been great and the fact that he can actually hit the ball is a rare combination. 
Title: Re: CB's Brian Johnson Scouted by the Pros
Post by: shadow on June 07, 2010, 08:22:47 AM
Brian is still throwing well.

Florida Gators advance NCAA baseball tournament

GAINESVILLE — Sophomore outfielder Tyler Thompson became the first Gator in history to hit three home runs in a postseason game as Florida rolled to a 15-0 win against Florida Atlantic to clinch the Gainesville Regional.

Florida (45-15) also broke the school postseason record with six homers in the contest, including three in the third inning. The previous best in NCAA tourney play was five against Florida Atlantic in 2003. This year's best was four against USF on April 21.
Freshman pitcher Brian Johnson of Cocoa Beach was named the Most Outstanding Player of the regional.
At the plate, he hit one of the trio of home runs in the third inning. On the mound, he allowed just five hits in seven innings while striking out four to get his sixth win in 10 decisions. He threw 97 pitches.
"They were really good tonight," Owls coach John McCormack said. "We just could not get untracked with Johnson. That guy is special. He's got a chance to be really good in the future, not that he's not already there."
"I think the biggest thing was getting ahead in the count," Johnson said.
http://www.floridatoday.com/article/20100607/SPORTS/6070313/1086/Florida+Gators+advance+NCAA+baseball+tournament (http://www.floridatoday.com/article/20100607/SPORTS/6070313/1086/Florida+Gators+advance+NCAA+baseball+tournament)
Title: Re: CB's Brian Johnson Scouted by the Pros
Post by: roger on June 12, 2010, 07:41:20 PM
'mkay Sean, UF is looking good.  I almost walked on when I was there, but chose to just get my engineering degree.  Long story, if we ever hook up again, I'll tell you about it.  Maybe by the time we're both around 70.  Anyway, jump on the orange and blue bandwagon!  Miami turned me down, so it is so much better when UF beats them.

Damn, BJ just spanked an outside pitch to push a run in.  The kid is good.
Title: Re: CB's Brian Johnson Scouted by the Pros
Post by: Beak on July 10, 2010, 11:11:26 AM
Chomp Chomp ........

Title: Re: CB's Brian Johnson Scouted by the Pros
Post by: RoosterJaws on July 13, 2010, 07:40:17 AM
"Cocoa Bch High graduate and Florida Gaytor pitcher Brian Johnson was selected to the 2010 Collegiate National Team by USA Baseball. The selection came days after he was named to the Baseball America Freshman All-America team"

ATTA BOY!
Title: Re: CB's Brian Johnson Scouted by the Pros
Post by: shadow on May 26, 2011, 06:28:57 AM
Brian's still sluggin.

Cocoa Beach's Johnson slams Mississippi State

In Hoover, Ala., Cocoa Beach graduate Brian Johnson's seventh-inning grand slam propelled Florida to a 7-5 comeback victory over Mississippi State in the opening round of the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament.

http://www.floridatoday.com/article/20110526/SPORTS/105260336/Cocoa-Beach-s-Johnson-slams-Mississippi-State?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|Home|p (http://www.floridatoday.com/article/20110526/SPORTS/105260336/Cocoa-Beach-s-Johnson-slams-Mississippi-State?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|Home|p)
Title: Re: CB's Brian Johnson Scouted by the Pros
Post by: shadow on May 28, 2011, 05:52:05 PM
OUCH!

Florida pitcher Johnson struck in head by ball

HOOVER, Ala. — University of Florida pitcher Brian Johnson sustained a concussion after getting struck in the back of the head by a ball.

Johnson lay on the ground for several minutes Saturday before being carted off on a stretcher. A Florida spokesman says he sustained a mild concussion but tests at a local hospital showed no fractures, bruises or bleeding. The spokesman says Johnson was released and went to the team hotel.

Johnson crouched low on the mound after a wild pitch while catcher Mike Zunino attempted to throw out a runner at second base in the first inning of a Southeastern Conference tournament semifinal game against Georgia.

Johnson immediately covered his head with both hands as he collapsed to the ground after getting hit. Teammates knelt around the mound.

Title: Re: CB's Brian Johnson Scouted by the Pros
Post by: big rick on May 28, 2011, 06:16:48 PM
you're supposed to peg the other team
if you're going to do it
Title: Re: CB's Brian Johnson Scouted by the Pros
Post by: jt on May 28, 2011, 08:15:55 PM
Damn, an awful mistake/accident. I'm glad he's ok!
Title: Re: CB's Brian Johnson Scouted by the Pros
Post by: roger on May 29, 2011, 03:21:46 PM
eh, I've hit lots of people, and been hit.  He's young.  He'll shake it off.  Specially tonight, as they are about to win the conference championship.  Go Gators!
Title: Re: CB's Brian Johnson Scouted by the Pros
Post by: shadow on June 18, 2011, 10:16:19 AM
Gators ready this time at College World Series

After Florida left Omaha quickly in last year's College World Series, Gators coach Kevin O'Sullivan put together a long list of things he would do differently if the Gators made it back.

Twelve months later, he's put the list to good use as the Gators (50-17) meet Texas (49-17) at 7 tonight on ESPN in the first night game of this year's CWS.

The day after beating Mississippi State to claim the Super Regional, O'Sullivan called a meeting and started using that list.

Quote
Either Brian Johnson or Austin Maddux needs to be a factor.

Johnson (a concussion in the SEC Tournament) and Maddox (a foot injury in the NCAA regional) are great hitters and pitchers. It's like losing four players, almost. Florida's depth is great and, realistically, no one can expect either to be sharp or even ready when the first pitch is thrown tonight.

If one or the other heals enough and plays well, it would be an emotional lift that can get a team on a roll.


http://www.floridatoday.com/article/20110618/SPORTS/106180312/Gators-ready-time-College-World-Series?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|Home|p (http://www.floridatoday.com/article/20110618/SPORTS/106180312/Gators-ready-time-College-World-Series?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|Home|p)
Title: Re: CB's Brian Johnson Scouted by the Pros
Post by: roger on June 18, 2011, 08:46:33 PM
Brian just got robbed.  He hit a home run that was confirmed by the video, but the imps thought it bounced off the top of the fence. Bastards. Go Gators. Winning right now. 7-4 top o the eighth.
Title: Re: CB's Brian Johnson Scouted by the Pros
Post by: shadow on January 20, 2012, 03:43:16 PM
Five Gator Baseball Players Earn Preseason All-American Honors

University of Florida junior left-hander/first baseman Brian Johnson (Cocoa Beach, Fla.), junior infielder/right-hander Austin Maddox (Jacksonville, Fla.), senior infielder/outfielder Preston Tucker (Tampa, Fla.), sophomore right-hander Karsten Whitson (Chipley, Fla.) and junior catcher Mike Zunino (Cape Coral, Fla.) were each named to the 2012 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Pro-Line Athletic Preseason All-America Team released on Wednesday. The five selections from head coach Kevin O’Sullivan’s club were the most nationally.

A first-team choice to the organization’s 12th annual team in the utility spot, Johnson was a semifinalist for the 2011 John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award. A first-team All-SEC selection, Johnson compiled an 8-3 record with a 3.62 earned run average in 15 starts on the mound spanning 79.2 innings. The left-hander was third on the Orange and Blue with 72 strikeouts and limited opponents to a .253 batting average. Johnson hit .307 with 29 RBI, 26 runs and 18 extra-base hits (11 doubles, five homers and two triples).
Title: Re: CB's Brian Johnson Scouted by the Pros
Post by: shadow on January 20, 2012, 03:47:37 PM
Apparently Brian is going into the MLB draft this year.   he hopes to play in Florida but I think Boston is after him.

and..Here's the vid of Brian getting hit by the catchers throw to second base. Ouch!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQklwovBFJA (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQklwovBFJA)
Title: Re: CB's Brian Johnson Scouted by the Pros
Post by: shadow on January 26, 2012, 08:04:36 AM
Baseball Analyst, Jim Callis has Brian Johnson going #10 to the Marlins

Astros Can Start Prepping For The First Pick

By Jim Callis

CHICAGO—The Astros weren't expected to finish higher than fifth place in the National League Central, but they didn't envision the bottom dropping out quite like this. Houston set a franchise record with its 97th loss—on Sept. 11, with 16 games remaining in the season.

If there's a bright spot, it's that the Astros were so bad that they didn't need to make any pretense of playing for the present. By sending Michael Bourn to the Braves and Hunter Pence to the Phillies at the trade deadline, Houston gave its farm system a much-needed infusion of talent. The return included a first baseman/outfielder who immediately became their best position prospect (Jonathan Singleton) and three arms who rank as their top hopes on the mound (Jarred Cosart, Paul Clemens, Brett Oberholtzer).

Another consolation prize is the first selection in the 2012 draft, which Houston had all but locked up with two weeks to go. Next year's crop doesn't contain a Stephen Strasburg (2009) or Bryce Harper (2010), let alone a half-dozen worthy No. 1 candidates (2011), but it's always nice to have the pick of the litter.

The 2012 draft is still nine months away, but we're already looking ahead. On Page 53, you'll find our first official prospect list for next year's draft. Here you'll find an early look at how the first 10 picks could unfold, based on mid-September standings.

1. Astros: While we rank Stanford righthander Mark Appel as the No. 1 prospect, he hasn't separated himself from the rest of the pack. Astros scouting director Bobby Heck couldn't make his preference for up-the-middle talent any more clearer, as his top picks in four drafts with the club have been a catcher (Jason Castro), a shortstop (Jiovanni Mier), a second baseman (Delino DeShields Jr.) and a center fielder (George Springer).

That could lead Houston to Arizona State's Deven Marrero, who might have been the first shortstop drafted in 2011 had he been eligible as a sophomore. Marrero is a much better bet to produce offensively than Mier or Jonathan Villar (part of last year's Roy Oswalt trade) and is just as good defensively. True all-around shortstops are one of baseball's rarest commodities, especially in the draft.

As for the rest of the top 10 . . .

2. Orioles: For much of the last 25 years, Baltimore's best starting pitcher has been a Stanford product (Jeff Ballard, Mike Mussina, Jeremy Guthrie). That tradition can continue with Appel, who has drawn Justin Verlander comparisions for his overpowering stuff and still-in-progress command. Verlander also was a No. 2 overall pick.

3. Twins: Minnesota hasn't been able to keep Joe Mauer healthy behind the plate, making it impossible to get full value out of his $184 million contract. Florida catcher Mike Zunino would allow Mauer to move to a less taxing position and provide much-needed power to the Twins lineup.

4. Mariners: Seattle desperately needs offense, and Georgia high school outfielder Byron Buxton has the best power/speed combination among the 2012s. Buxton also has a strong arm and would be the Mariners' heir apparent to Ichiro in right field.

5. Royals: Kansas City's priority in the 2011 draft was an advanced pitcher, but none of its top four choices made it to the fifth overall pick. The Royals will have a shot at any college arm besides Appel, and Georgia Southern righthander Chris Beck showed the potential for three plus pitches in the Cape Cod League this summer.

6. Padres: The Jed Hoyer regime has used first-round choices on high-ceiling prep pitchers in its first two drafts (Karsten Whitson, Joe Ross) and can look slightly to the north for a third. Los Angeles area righthander Lucas Giolito has easy mid-90s velocity and a power curve.

7. Cubs: After injuries and ineffectiveness plagued many of its pitchers at the major and minor league levels, Chicago needs help on the mound. Louisiana State righthander Kevin Gausman, a draft-eligible sophomore, can provide that with a lively 92-96 mph fastball and a deceptive changeup.

8. Pirates: Pittsburgh hasn't gotten consistent all-around production from a shortstop since Jay Bell in the 1990s, which makes Louisiana high schooler Gavin Cecchini a good fit. His bat is similar to that of his brother Garin, who signed with the Red Sox for $1.31 million as a 2010 fourth-rounder, and Gavin is more athletic and will be able to remain at short.

9. Athletics: There's a power outage in Oakland, which has had just three 20-homer hitters in the last four seasons. That could lead the A's to Georgia Southern outfielder Victor Roache, who led NCAA Division I with 30 homers in the spring and ranked second in the Cape with six longballs this summer.

10. Marlins: The Marlins system has fallen on hard times, with little in the way of immediate help among hitting or starting pitchers. Florida lefthander Brian Johnson has advanced feel for a solid three-pitch mix, so he could help solve both problems. Interestingly, he may have more upside as a first baseman with well above-average power potential from the left side of the plate
Title: Re: CB's Brian Johnson Scouted by the Pros
Post by: jt on January 26, 2012, 07:41:01 PM
That would be a great reason to start watching them again!

Title: Re: CB's Brian Johnson Scouted by the Pros
Post by: shadow on April 16, 2012, 08:11:41 PM
Cocoa Beach's Brian Johnson honored by SEC, Gators back at No. 1

GAINESVILLE - Florida regained the top spot in the USA Today coaches poll in college baseball this week and one of the major reasons for the Gators' winning three of four games last week, Brian Johnson, was honored by the SEC on Monday.

Johnson, a pitcher-designated hitter from Cocoa Beach, hit .471 last week (8 for 17) with seven runs batted in during that stretch. He had a solo homer against Florida State that enabled Florida to finish off a season sweep of the Seminoles.

The junior also had six of UF's 13 RBI in a weekend series at Tennessee, where the Gators (28-8 overall, 9-6 in SEC play) won two games. Highlights included a three run double and six scoreless innings of four-hit pitching in the rubber game of the series.

Johnson (5-1, 3.88 ERA) is hitting .315 for the season with four homers and 23 RBI.

FSU (29-7) is No. 2 this week's poll, falling one spot.

Kentucky (32-5), LSU (30-7) and Texas A&M (28-8) complete the top five in the USA Today selections. Miami (25-11) is 12th and UCF (30-8) sits 14th.
Title: Re: CB's Brian Johnson Scouted by the Pros
Post by: shadow on May 12, 2012, 04:22:19 PM
http://spacecoastdaily.com/category/sports/ (http://spacecoastdaily.com/category/sports/)
It was the first inning of a district semifinal baseball game back in May 2009 when Merritt Island High school’s baseball team decided to challenge No. 17 again.

No. 17 was Cocoa Beach high school senior Brian Johnson. Johnson had torched the Mustangs earlier in the season, hitting a 3-run homerun while also striking out 12 hitters in six innings. Determined not to let Johnson beat them again, the Mustang’s coaching staff intentionally walked Johnson every time he came up to bat, six times total in two games.

With ace pitcher Kyle Van Alstine, who is now pitching for Air Force Academy, on the mound for Merritt Island, he challenged Johnson with a fastball in the first inning. With one swing of the bat, Johnson was soon circling the bases after he deposited his 17th career homerun over the right field fence.

According to former CBHS baseball coach Matt Kellam, Brian’s success on the field was a result of the hundreds of hours he spent working on his game.

“Brian put the time in and was reaping the rewards,” Kellam said. “He was driven to succeed and worked extremely hard to become the player he is. Most high school athletes do not want to put in the extra hours in the cage, the bullpen or long toss.”

 “Brian Johnson was one of the most fundamentally skilled baseball players that I had seen in my time as a player and coach.”

Fast forward three years later and Johnson is still hurting teams with his arm and bat. 

Johnson was named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week last month and he is a big reason why the University of Florida Gators baseball team has been ranked in the top five for the majority of the 2012 season. Johnson, a 6’4 230 lb. junior for the Gators, has been a pitcher in the weekend rotation for all three seasons while also serving as the Gators primary designated hitter. This season, Johnson has been named to the Golden Spikes Award watch list, given to the top amateur baseball player in the country and the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award watch list. 

After earning Space Coast Player of the Year honors in 2008 and 2009 for Cocoa Beach HS, the honors didn’t stop for Johnson as he was named a Freshman All-American by Baseball America in 2010 and First-Team All-SEC in 2011. While helping lead the Gators to back to back appearances in the College World Series, Johnson also suited up for Team USA the past two summers.

“Team USA was one of the best experiences I ever had in my life,” Johnson said. “Traveling to Taiwan and Japan and playing with some of the best players in the country was a once in a lifetime experience. I never felt more proud to represent my country.”

After accomplishing these feats over the past half-decade, many would think that the southpaw was born to play baseball. However, he wasn’t even born a lefty. Johnson is a natural right hander. Johnson’s father, Billy Johnson Sr., had an interesting story on what led to his son becoming a lefty.

“When Brian was about three years old, he started swinging one of those big orange Flintstone bats,” Johnson said. “One day, I was watching him hit and swing right and left handed. So I started working with him to swing from the left side. His older brother and sister were right-handed and he’d ask me why they were doing it that way. I used to joke with him that “they were doing it wrong”. My mother used to work with him when she was babysitting him and being a lefty just started to become natural for him. He still bowls and writes right-handed though.”

Johnson was born in Lakeland before he moved to Cocoa Beach in 2003. He played Little League for a couple seasons before moving on to the high school ranks. Because Cocoa Beach allowed seventh and eighth graders to compete in high school athletics, he spent a year on junior varsity in 2004 before making the varsity squad in 2005. According to Kellam, it was apparent that Johnson would be one of his top players as an eighth grader.

“He certainly was one of our top players,” Kellam said.  “I saw a kid that was very skilled beyond his years. He was mentally mature to handle that type of situation.”

Cocoa Beach had long been known for its cross country and basketball programs but Johnson helped make the baseball team one of the stronger programs in Brevard County. Despite perennial contenders like Merritt Island and Rockledge high school nearby, Johnson made it well known that he wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps, a 1971 CBHS grad, and graduate a Minuteman as well.

“I made a lot of good friends and I loved Cocoa Beach,” Johnson said. “It was such a good atmosphere and the high school always treated me great.”.

Despite the fact that his father played football at Florida State University, both parents were FSU graduates and his uncle Joe Williams was the head coach for the Seminoles men’s basketball team in the 1980s, Johnson went onto sign with the Gators. His older sister, Brooke, played softball for Florida and Johnson also liked the fact that the coaching staff was good with pitchers.

“I wanted to go somewhere where winning is expected,” Johnson said. “I grew up a FSU fan but after going to a lot of Brooke’s games and just being on campus, winning was contagious. It started to feel like this was the school to come to.”

 

Less than three years after playing with seventh and eighth graders at Cocoa Beach HS, Johnson has vaulted himself to national recognition. With the Major League Baseball draft less than a month away, ESPN’s lead MLB draft analyst Keith Law has Johnson ranked the No. 24 prospect in the country. MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo also has Johnson ranked No. 24. As one of the top two-way players in the college ranks, Johnson will be a lock to improve on his 27th round drafting in 2009.
 
Aaron Fitt, a national writer for Baseball America and one of the lead college baseball experts in the country, believes Johnson will be drafted high.

“He just has advanced feel for pitching, to go along with a big, durable body that scouts love,” Fitt said. “There are some scouts who like him better as a hitter, because he does have big power in his bat, but the majority of scouts I've spoken with over the years prefer him on the mound, since left-handed pitching is always in demand.”

“Johnson has been hugely important to Florida's success over the last three years. He gives them two players for the price of one. He’s a big power threat in the middle of the lineup and a very reliable starter in the weekend rotation.”

After Johnson’s baseball season ends, he knows there’s only one place he’s going to be. Happily back in Cocoa Beach, switching his baseball glove for a fishing rod.

“All my family is back home,” Johnson said. “I’m ready to come back home to the beach, do a little surfing and relax. Being with people you love, there isn’t anywhere else I want to be”.

http://spacecoastdaily.com/category/sports/
Title: Re: CB's Brian Johnson Scouted by the Pros
Post by: roger on May 25, 2012, 07:25:05 PM
shadow, get your gator cap on and turn to channel 47!
Title: Re: CB's Brian Johnson Scouted by the Pros
Post by: shadow on May 25, 2012, 08:34:32 PM
Ha!  There just now starting to hit him.   Gators just got the bull pen going. :P
Title: Re: CB's Brian Johnson Scouted by the Pros
Post by: shadow on June 07, 2012, 06:45:47 AM
Johnson goes to Redsox
http://www.floridatoday.com/article/20120607/SPORTS/306070048/Five-local-players-thrilled-get-call-baseball-draft?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|Home|s (http://www.floridatoday.com/article/20120607/SPORTS/306070048/Five-local-players-thrilled-get-call-baseball-draft?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|Home|s)
Title: Re: CB's Brian Johnson Scouted by the Pros
Post by: ccb_dan on June 07, 2012, 07:20:06 AM
Dang...first round.  Stoked for him!  Not as stoked as he must be though!  :)
Title: Re: CB's Brian Johnson Scouted by the Pros
Post by: shadow on June 16, 2012, 05:41:34 PM
I'd say he was stoked.

Here's his reaction to the draft. 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOlD56DYYC0&list=UUiZIR9r_q8xyGvX17uFY0ig&index=1&feature=plcp (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOlD56DYYC0&list=UUiZIR9r_q8xyGvX17uFY0ig&index=1&feature=plcp)

CWS starts tonight! (http://www.cwsomaha.com/)
Title: Re: CB's Brian Johnson Scouted by the Pros
Post by: jt on June 18, 2012, 08:38:14 PM
Thats sick! Im stoked and I dont even know the guy.
Title: Re: CB's Brian Johnson Scouted by the Pros
Post by: shadow on June 19, 2012, 07:14:20 AM
Yeah I've never met him either but had goose bumps when his name was called.

Unfortunately they got swept out of the CWS. >:(
Title: Re: CB's Brian Johnson Scouted by the Pros
Post by: jt on June 19, 2012, 08:48:25 AM
My buddy who is a big time red sox fan, texted me, "..hes going to be the Slater of baseball".

Which is pretty funny because he knows absolutely nothing about surfing. Well, he knows KS which is good enough I suppose!
Title: Re: CB's Brian Johnson Scouted by the Pros
Post by: shadow on June 30, 2012, 06:10:44 AM
Cocoa Beach grad signs $1.5M deal with Red Sox

GAINESVILLE — In a matter of days, Brian Johnson went from college student to million-dollar professional athlete.

Cocoa Beach graduate and University of Florida's junior left-handed pitcher and designated hitter officially signed a deal with the Boston Red Sox worth more than $1.5 million on Tuesday. He was the 31st selection overall in the Major League Baseball Draft this spring.

“I'm happy to be at this point in baseball now,” he said.

Johnson is the first Brevard County player to sign as a first-round choice since Prince Fielder of the Detroit Tigers did it in 2002. Merritt Island’s Clint Hurdle also was a first-round choice in 1975.

Florida Today Article Link Below

http://www.floridatoday.com/article/20120627/SPORTS/306270028/Cocoa-Beach-grad-signs-1-5M-deal-Red-Sox?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|Home|s (http://www.floridatoday.com/article/20120627/SPORTS/306270028/Cocoa-Beach-grad-signs-1-5M-deal-Red-Sox?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|Home|s)
Title: Re: CB's Brian Johnson Scouted by the Pros
Post by: roger on June 30, 2012, 06:22:44 PM
I hope he does well.  I can understand the desire to go early.  The guys I played with that chose to chase the ticket for the show lead very difficult lives.  Two made it for a little bit.  I think this guy has the skills to do well.  I hope he also gets his education.  Most of the really good ball players I know were dumb as rocks.  They blew money faster than anyone I knew.
Title: Re: CB's Brian Johnson Scouted by the Pros
Post by: nuttjelly on June 30, 2012, 08:43:25 PM
They blew money faster than anyone I knew.

Well said. I'm sure he has some good people in his corner.
Only reason I know is I golfed a bunch with Chris Sabo (3rd base Reds) and learned many  go broke. They made fun of his Ford fiesta back then while they all drove bmw's and lived to their means. He's tighter than dick's hatband to this day < I have a nice story about that if anyone likes
Title: Re: CB's Brian Johnson Scouted by the Pros
Post by: jt on July 07, 2012, 01:56:11 AM
Thats so sick. Its a no brainer to me. You only get one shot at this.

Like NJ said, just hope he has some people who arent yes men in his corner. Shit, give me 2 million now and ill make it grow like a chia pet.  :high:

Title: Re: CB's Brian Johnson Scouted by the Pros
Post by: shadow on May 29, 2014, 08:55:32 AM
Brian has been pitching really well lately.

Player of the Day: Though his winning streak came to an end, it was another strong start for Brian Johnson. In five starts since joining the Sea Dogs, Johnson now has a 1.84 ERA and 0.955 WHIP. Across two levels, the left-hander has struck out 55 batters in 55 innings while walking only 15. He also has yet to allow a home run on the season.

http://news.soxprospects.com/2014/05/cup-of-coffee-johnson-takes-tough-luck.html (http://news.soxprospects.com/2014/05/cup-of-coffee-johnson-takes-tough-luck.html)