“Too much must not be expected of Walter Johnson, the young pitcher who is to receive his first try-out to-day. That Johnson has a lot of natural ability, and in course of time will make a pitcher, is conceded by all those who have seen him work, but the fact must not be overlooked that he lacks experience, and that is essential in the major leagues, where as much depends upon what a pitcher knows as on what he has in the way of shoots and curves.
“Johnson may be a success right from the outset of his major league career, but if he should be an absolute failure it would not mean that he will never make a pitcher. He is but nineteen years old, is strong and husky, and has lots in the way of speed and other deliveries which tend to puzzle a batsman. Being a young man, it is the local club’s intention to carry him along regardless of what he may show until he develops, but, of course, he may deliver the goods right from the start, which would be most remarkable.”