Nationals starting pitcher prospect Jake Johansen continued his stellar start to his pro career Monday, tossing a career-best five scoreless innings for Class A Auburn. The 2013 second-round pick (68th overall) is 0-1 with a 0.99 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and .125 opponents' batting average in seven starts. Johansen has struck out 28 batters in 27 1/3 innings, but he has had some command issues, walking 14 batters.
Nationals 2013 first-round draft pick Jake Johansen has impressed in his brief professional debut. Through four starts, Johansen has a 0.71 ERA in 12 2/3 innings. He has 13 strikeouts and 10 walks over those starts. The team used Johansen slowly during his first two starts, but he's increased his workload and has been able to go at least four innings in his last two appearances. Johansen is pitching for the short-season Auburn Doubledays, and is still a long way from making his big-league debut.