Yankees 2012 31st round draft pick: Kevin Johnson 1

With their 31st round pick in the 2012 MLB First-Year Player draft, the Yankees selected Kevin Johnson, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound right handed pitcher from the University of Illinois.

The 21-year-old Johnson was the ace of Illinois staff this season. He had a 3.97 ERA with 43 strikeouts and 27 walks in 88.1 innings.

It sounds like Johnson will be a draft and follow type. Meaning that the Yankees haven’t decided to offer him a contract yet and will watch him pitch in summer ball leagues before deciding.

“It was amazing,” Johnson told FightingIllini.com. “I’ve never really felt like that. It was something that I was really looking forward to, then when it happened, I was at a loss for words. I’m 50-50 with what I’m going to do. At this point, what the Yankees want to do with me is they want me to go to my summer league team, they’ll have some cross-checkers come out to my games and evaluate me some more, then they’ll make me an offer.”

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