College Baseball Daily continues our countdown to the start of the 2013 college baseball season by checking in on the Top 100 Players in the country. We will be providing one player per day until we reach number 1.
Number 56 on our Top 100 Countdown is Dallas Baptist ’s Jake Johansen. The 6’6 right-handed pitcher from Allen, Texas was a 27th-round draft pick by the Pirates in 2012.
During the 2011 season Johansen pitched 13.1 innings for the Patriots, going 3-0 in 11 appearances and four starts. In 2012, Johansen started the season as one of the Patriots’ starting pitchers before settling into a role in the Patriot bullpen. Johansen made 20 appearances with four starts, going 3-1 with an ERA of 5.48 including 40 strikeouts in 46 innings pitched.
From a scouting perspective, Johansen’s arm is difficult to ignore. His fastball sits in the mid-90s touching 97 frequently along with a slider that sits in the low 80s and a decent curveball. His slider is a fantastic strikeout pitch when his command is on. While command is sometimes lacking throughout Johansen’s pitching, when his control is working for him he has the potential to be a serious asset to any bullpen. With continued improvement in control, Johansen has a high ceiling in regards to his abilities in a relief role, which could also raise his draft stock in the upcoming 2013 draft. His style of pitching and potential for success in 2013 makes him one of the top players to watch for this season.