The Washington Nationals today agreed to terms with 22-year-old right-handed pitcher Jake Johansen, their top selection (68th overall) in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft out of Dallas Baptist (TX) University. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo, Nationals Assistant General Manager and Vice President of Player Personnel Roy Clark and Nationals Director of Scouting Kris Kline made the joint announcement.
The 6-foot-6, 235 lbs. Johansen cemented his status as one of college baseball’s top power arms after striking out 75 in 88.1 innings as a junior. Johansen went 7-6 with a 5.40 ERA in 15 starts and posted strong strikeout-to-walk (2.9/1) and walks per 9.0 inning (2.6) ratios.
Twice during his junior campaign, Johansen (JO-hahn-sen) posted double-digit strikeout totals (10 on both April 26 vs. University of Texas-San Antonio and February 22 vs. Mississippi Valley State).
Johansen possesses a fastball that consistently sits in the mid-90’s, but has been known to touch triple digits on occasion. In three seasons at Dallas Baptist, he finished 13-7 with one save and a 6.03 ERA (99 ER/147.2 IP) in 46 games/23 starts.
Johansen is a graduate of Allen (TX) High School and participated in the Texas Scout Association All-Star Game in the Spring of 2011.