Posted August 13, 2013 12:10 pm

GreenJackets Gameday: Agosta returns for Augusta

Tuesday, August 13 - 7:05 p.m.


Greenville Drive (23-24, 45-71)

Brian Johnson (56 IP, 3.05 ERA, 3.65 FIP, 23.9 K%, 10.9 BB%, .262 BABIP)


Augusta GreenJackets (29-20, 67-51)

Martin Agosta (79.2 IP, 2.03 ERA, 2.96 FIP, 30.4 K%, 10.7 BB%, .260 BABIP)


It's been 23 days since Martin Agosta last took the mound for the GreenJackets, sitting for the second time this season with a blister problem. As a result of these extended stints, the talented right-hander has made only 15 starts and thrown 79.2 innings this season. On one hand, you want your pitcher healthy and developing over a full season. But I think these periods of time sitting can also help a pitcher who is making his full-season debut by resting his arm.


Obviously, the GreenJackets would rather him be on the mound as much as possible. When he has been on the mound, he has been one of the best in the South Atlantic League; his 2.03 ERA and 30.4 K% would both be second in the league if he had enough innings to qualify. His pace on the mound is outstanding, he throws strikes and keeps his defense on its toes.


Greenville will start Boston Red Sox 2012 first-rounder Brian Johnson. The polished left-hander out of Florida has solid numbers this season, although a strikeout percentage in the low-to-mid-20s is an indication the advanced lefty won't be a strikeout machine in the future. This was already pretty much known, as he relies on weak contact and a decent amount of ground balls.


In the past, Johnson has worked anywhere from 88-93 while ramping it up in short stints. Over a full season, one should expect 88-91 from the fastball, throwing it for strikes and using deception. He has a feel for three secondaries, throwing a curveball, slider and changeup. He mixes in all three and commands them with a repeatable delivery.


Shortstop Jose Vinicio is hitting only .216 with 12 walks to 90 strikeouts, but the Dominican who signed for $1.95 million in 2009 is known for a strong defensive profile, sporting perhaps the best glove in the system now that Jose Iglesias is no longer playing for the Red Sox. Ranked 17th in the system, Vinicio remains just 20 years old and is in his second stint with Greenville.


Greenville Drive in top 30 Red Sox prospects list by Baseball America:

15. Brian Johnson

17. Jose Vinicio

21. Pat Light (DL)

24. Sean Coyle (Rehab)

27. Cody Kukuk