Johnson signs with Red Sox

Florida's starting pitcher Brian Johnson throws during a game against Georgia Tech in the 2012 NCAA Gainesville Regionals in Gainesville on June 3.

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Published: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at 10:53 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at 10:53 a.m.

Pitcher Brian Johnson, a member of the 2012 Florida baseball team, signed with the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday and will forgo his final year of eligibility. He had been taken at No. 31 overall in the first round by the Red Sox.

Johnson, a first-team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and Perfect Game, was a second-team All-American by Baseball America and Louisville Slugger. He is one of three finalists for the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year that will be presented this weekend in Lubbock, Texas. Chosen first-team All-SEC for the past two seasons, he was 8-5 with a 3.90 earned run average on the mound and had 73 strikeouts in 90 innings, to go along with a .307 clip, 41 RBI, 24 runs, 13 doubles and six homers.

The southpaw tossed 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. He was named to the 2012 SEC All-Tournament Team at both pitcher and designated hitter.

During the NCAA Gainesville Regional, Johnson limited the high-powered Georgia Tech offense to one run on three hits over five innings on June 3 as the Gators cruised to a 15-3 victory over the Jackets to punch their fourth-straight ticket to Super Regionals. Johnson batted .429 (3-for-7) in the sweep of No. 11 NC State and tied the second encounter with the Wolfpack with a solo homer in the eighth inning of Florida's eventual 9-8 triumph in 10 innings.

In 2011, Johnson was a semifinalist for both the John Olerud Award and the Dick Howser Trophy and was chosen to the Watch List for the Golden Spikes Award. The dual threat was 8-3 with a 3.62 ERA in 79.2 innings. He appeared in 16 games, with 15 starts, registered 72 strikeouts and permitted 15 walks and had a .307 average with 29 RBI, 26 runs, 21 walks, 11 doubles and five homers. He started in all 10 SEC series and was 4-3 with a 4.67 ERA in 54 innings, notching 43 strikeouts. Johnson hit .330 in league play with 12 runs, 12 RBI, 10 walks and five doubles.

Johnson will depart Gainesville with a pitching record of 22-12 (.647) in 49 appearances and 46 starts covering 243.1 innings. He compiled an ERA of 3.85 and totaled 196 strikeouts. At the plate, Johnson hit .324 with 91 RBI, 63 runs, 41 walks, 29 doubles, 15 homers and three triples. He had a fielding percentage of .990, with just two errors in 208 chances.

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