Red Sox Pitching Prospect Brian Johnson Carjacked in Florida

Red Sox pitching prospect Brian Johnson was carjacked in Florida early Friday morning, according to reports.

NBC Sports cites a local media outlet's report that Johnson was with some friends in Cocoa Beach when Thomas Carrigan, the driver of a car in which Johnson was riding, was robbed at gunpoint.

Carrigan gave the carjacker the keys as demanded, according to, but the armed man then fired a shot into the ground, causing a fragment to hit the driver's leg. reports that 31-year-old Jonathan Gould was arrested for the carjacking.

Johnson was not injured.

The left-hander is one of the Sox' top pitching prospects, seeing time at the MLB level alongside fellow high-ceiling lefties Henry Owens and Eduardo Rodriguez. Johnson, however, was limited to just 4.1 IP with Boston after replacing an ailing Clay Buchholz. He was sidelined with elbow tightness, but it appears at this point he will avoid surgery.

With the Pawtucket Red Sox in 2015, Johnson pitched 96 innings with a 2.53 ERA, striking out 8.4 batters per nine innings.

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