Kyle Johnston

Born: 07/17/1996 (Age: 22)
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Arm Slot:
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 190
Primary Position: RHSP
Seconday Position: RHRP
Acquisition Period: 6th Rd., 2017 MLB First-Year Player Draft (WSH)
Entry Point: 4 Yr College
Options Used: N/A
Report Info
Evaluator:
Report Date: August 16th, 2018
Dates Seen: 4x -- April, July, August 2018
Level: High A
Affiliate: Potomac Nationals
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On 40-Man Roster: No
Physical Description
Short and muscular frame. Similar to Huston Street (RHP, Angels).
Mechanical Notes
Slow-paced semi-windup delivery; tall leg kick; effort in finish w/ head whack. Hooked arm circle w/ wrist curl; fast, strong high 3/4's slot. Noisy mechanics will hurt him less in a bullpen role.
MLB ETA Present Role Future Role Role Description Risk
2021 P 40 Middle Relief High
Pitch Present Future Sitting Range Comments
Fastball Value
Overall Fastball Value 50 50 Projects as a playable fastball in a bullpen role.
Projects as a playable fastball in a bullpen role.
Fastball Velocity 50 50 92 91-95 Touches 94-95 at best, though high-effort delivery loses velo quickly pitching numerous innings. Will work at 92-95 in short stints.
Fastball Velocity
Fastball Movement
Fastball Movement 50 50 Late hop w/ average armside run. Rides when elevated and can go upstairs w/ FB.
Late hop w/ average armside run. Rides when elevated and can go upstairs w/ FB.
Fastball Command
Fastball Command 40 45 Limited command that wanes as his starts progress. Lack of location hurts him less in 'pen.
Limited command that wanes as his starts progress. Lack of location hurts him less in 'pen.
Slider
Slider 40 45 82 80-85 Hard slurve w/ three-quarters shape; more of a curve at 80-82, slider-like at 83-84. Short down slant, flashes sharp bite at best. Playable complement facing lineups once.
Hard slurve w/ three-quarters shape; more of a curve at 80-82, slider-like at 83-84. Short down slant, flashes sharp bite at best. Playable complement facing lineups once.
ChangeUp
ChangeUp 40 45 84-85 83-87 Circle-change w/ flashes of playable armside dive. Shows only to LHH now, projects as a usable wrinkle pitch.
Circle-change w/ flashes of playable armside dive. Shows only to LHH now, projects as a usable wrinkle pitch.
Cutter
Cutter 45 50 90 89-91 Mixes a cutter w/ late, short gloveside dart. Should develop the pitch more, gives a tough slant to RHH.
Mixes a cutter w/ late, short gloveside dart. Should develop the pitch more, gives a tough slant to RHH.
Control
Control 40 45 Sprays the zone and gets wild when delivery falls out of sync. Less pressure on control in a bullpen role. Pitches w/ a competitive edge that translates well to later innings.
Sprays the zone and gets wild when delivery falls out of sync. Less pressure on control in a bullpen role. Pitches w/ a competitive edge that translates well to later innings.
Attribute Present Future
Delivery Below Average Average
Athleticism Average Average
Pitchability Average Average
Mound Presence Plus Plus
Overall Summary
Worked as both a SP and RP in the minors but profiles best in the 'pen long-term. Ceiling of middle reliever that faces mostly RHH.