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College Baseball: Stephen Johnson Reaches 101 MPH In Season Debut

The state of Colorado is likely to have a 2012 first-round pick in Kevin Gausman, who is already potentially a top 10 talent when he starts LSU baseball season in a couple of weeks. But there could be a second pitcher from the state who could be a very high draft pick.

At the Division II level, Boulder native Stephen Johnson pitches for the St. Edward's (Tx.) Hilltoppers, stands 6 feet 4 and weighs 205 pounds. He made his junior season debut on Monday (weather conditions forced the postponement of games over the weekend). According to St. Edward's write up of the game, Johnson struck out the side in the seventh inning of Game 2, averaged 95-98 mph on his fastball and even reached 101 on the gun.

Baseball America named him the top Division II prospect and the No. 59 overall prospect (subscription required) for the 2012 MLB Draft. The knocks on Johnson right now are that he is a thrower more than a pitcher and has an inconsistent delivery. He is likely to be kpet in a relief role if he can't develop his secondary pitches. His slurve picked up during the summer, but his changeup is thrown to hard to effectively fool hitters.

Keep an eye on Johnson as the season goes on.