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Brewers take third southpaw in 14th round

Brewers take third southpaw in 14th round

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Brewers take third southpaw in 14th round

MILWAUKEE -- North Carolina pitcher Hobbs Johnson was passed over as a Draft-eligible sophomore a year ago. The Brewers did not let that happen again, selecting the left-handed pitcher in the 14th round (422nd overall) of the First-Year Player Draft on Saturday.

Johnson served as North Carolina's Sunday starter in 2013 and throws his fastball in the upper 80s to low 90s, with decent movement. He also throws a curveball, a slider and a changeup, which is his best offspeed pitch.

Johnson earns high marks for his willingness to attack hitters and his feel for pitching, but he needs to tighten his command to be effective at the next level.

"Good left-handed arm," Brewers amateur scouting director Bruce Seid said. "We like the left-handed pitchers we got in the middle or late in the Draft."

Listed at 5-foot-11 and 205 pounds, Johnson isn't very physical. He spent most of his first two years at North Carolina as a reliever and likely will return to the bullpen as a professional.

He was the third lefty and eighth pitcher overall selected by the Brewers in the Draft.

Kevin Massoth is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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