2012 Draft Scouting Report: Pierce Johnson

Scouting reports are the foundation of the talent evaluation system, and the reports that are used on draft day are developed from multiple viewings over the course of an amateur career. As part of our 2012 draft coverage here at Scout.com, we're providing team quality first-hand scouting reports on the names you need to know on draft day. Here's a look college pitcher, Pierce Johnson.

Name: Pierce Johnson
Position: Pitcher
School: Missouri State
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 180
Bats/Throws: R/R

Events Scouted: Cape Cod League

Physical Description

Johnson is an above average athlete with a great deal of projection left for a college pitcher. He's going to gain some significant strength in his lower half in the coming years, but he should maintain his loose, athletic frame that could make him a big league starter.


Aside from some minor inconsistencies, there's a lot to like about Johnson's delivery. He's free and easy, comes right over the top, and finishes nicely over his front side. He works from a full wind-up, and there are some moving parts to be tightened up, but the delivery is an overall strength for Johnson.


The fastball is the biggest selling point when it comes to Pierce Johnson. He's consistently at 91-93 mph and routinely up to 94-95 throughout any given outing. His loose arm allows his velocity to play well in the zone and he shows some decent life. He'll have to locate a little better but this is a very lively arm.


Johnson's slider flashed plus potential in the Cape, but it was not there consistently. Eventually, it probably will be and it will be a quality big league offering at least. Thrown at 82-85 mph, he shows good two plane break and an ability to miss bats with it.


The changeup will have to be there more often for Johnson down the road. For now, it's a bit of a work in progress. Thrown at 80-82 mph, he has the differential and the arm action to make it work. But, the conviction and consistency aren't quite there yet.


Pierce Johnson is an enticing overall package for professional scouts. His loose arm, power fastball, and slider make him very attractive, but there's also a lot of untapped upside. He should be viewed as a potential mid-rotation starter as a pro. Expect him to be off the board perhaps as early as the back of the first round.

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