Lone Star Dugout Video: Johan Yan (4/22)
Frisco closer Johan Yan worked a scoreless inning against the Corpus Christi Hooks on Sunday afternoon, throwing eight of his 11 pitches for strikes. After plunking Hooks centerfielder Brandon Barnes with his first pitch, Yan got a strikeout looking with a breaking ball and a flyout to center. Catcher Jose Felix finished off the frame by gunning down Barnes at second base. The entire inning is shown in the below video.
In that appearance, the sidearming reliever threw his sinking fastball between 88-89 mph, touching 90 once. His sweeping breaking ball was 73-75 mph.
Yan is pitching well early in the season, logging five saves in eight appearances as the RoughRiders' closer. In 8.1 innings, he has allowed one earned run on five hits while walking two and striking out seven.
The 23-year-old opened last season at High-A Myrtle Beach before earning a late-season promotion to Frisco. Yan pitched well for the Pelicans but was even more effective with the RoughRiders, as he yielded just one earned run in 26.2 innings.
Between late 2011 and early 2012, Yan has the following stat-line in Double-A––35.0 ip, 23 h, 2 er (0.51 ERA), 11 bb, 25 k.
A more complete rundown of Yan's intriguing (and unique) background and scouting report can be found at this link from when he was named Lone Star Dugout's #46 prospect in the Rangers' organization this past offseason.
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