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Texas pitcher Kyle Johnston taken by Washington in MLB Draft’s sixth round

Posted June 13th, 2017


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.


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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