Williams: What If There Were No Starting Pitchers?

When Franklin Johnson was a senior in high school, he started getting the attention of professional scouts.

Johnson grew eight inches in height between sixth and seventh grade, and by the time he entered high school, he had learned how to leverage this new height into a fastball that could strike out most hitters in the Fransernando Valley Junior Varsity Baseball League.

By the time he was a senior in high school, Johnson had figured out how to leverage a 95-97 MPH fastball out of his now 6-foot-5, 187 pound frame. He led the varsity league in strikeouts, and scouts were looking at him as a potential first round pick in that year's MLB draft, with a major university commitment and scholarship as a backup.

Johnson was taken in the first round. His new team cited his upper 90s veloc...



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