Michael Johnson (baseball)
Michael William Johnson (born January 3, 1991) is an American professional left-handed baseball pitcher in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. Johnson was drafted in the 14th round by the Dodgers in the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft.
Johnson grew up in Georgetown, Massachusetts and attended Dartmouth College where he was teammates with Kyle Hendricks. Johnson posted a 15-2 career record at Dartmouth and as a senior in 2013, he was a perfect 7-0 with a 1.82 ERA for the Big Green and handed 1st Team All-Ivy Honors.
In his first full professional season in 2014 with the Great Lakes Loons, Johnson appeared in 50 games, posting a 4-3 record, with a 1.83 ERA, striking out 91 batters across 61 innings. Johnson led the Midwest League with 12.80 strikeouts per 9 innings.
In 2015, Johnson continued his success with California League's Rancho Cucamonga Quakes as he was 7-1 in 46 appearances, striking out 75 batters across 70 innings. Johnson recorded the final out (via punch out) to secure the Quakes' first California League Championship in 21 years. That postseason, Johnson struck out 12 batters in 6.1 scoreless innings.
Johnson spent his entire 2016 and 2017 seasons in Double A for the Tulsa Drillers, in which he posted a 3.81 and 2.79 ERA respectively.
Johnson appeared in 7 MLB games in the spring of 2017, posting a 3.18 ERA in 5.2 innings while striking out 6 batters.
In 2018, Johnson has spent time playing for the Double A Tulsa and the Dodgers' Triple A affiliate, the Oklahoma City Dodgers. Johnson finished the 2018 season with a 3.15 ERA for the Dodgers. Johnson help the Drillers capture their first Texas League championship since 1998.
In the winter of 2016, Johnson played for Indios de Mayagüez of the Liga de Béisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente. In 18 appearances, he posted a 0.52 ERA, throwing 17.1 innings, allowing 1 earned run and striking out 15.
The following winter, Johnson played in the Dominican Professional Baseball League (LIDOM) for Gigantes del Cibao. In 21 appearances, he posted a 1.17 ERA, completing 15.1 innings of work and striking out 12.
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