Another Texas arm is off the board.
Texas junior Kyle Johnston was selected by the Washington in the MLB First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday. The Nationals spent a sixth-round pick on Johnston, who was the 193rd overall selection.
The right-handed Johnston joins fellow pitchers Morgan Cooper and Nick Kennedy in Texas’ 2017 draft class. Earlier, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Colorado, respectively, used second- and fifth-round picks on Cooper and Kennedy. Prep pitcher Landon Leach, who has signed with Texas, was the Minnesota Twins’ second-round choice.
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A starter in 12 of this season’s 17 appearances, Johnston was 3-2 with two saves and a 3.56 ERA. Johnston struck out 52 opponents over his 73.1 innings, but he also surrendered 39 walks and hit five batters. The six-foot Johnston checked in at 225 pounds on Texas’ 2017 roster.
Since he has a year of eligibility left, Johnston will have until July 15 to decide if he’ll return to Texas or sign with the Nationals. The estimated value of Johnston’s signing bonus is $226,100.
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