Joel Johnston

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Joel Johnston
Pitcher
Born: (1967-03-08) March 8, 1967 (age 47)
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 5, 1991 for the Kansas City Royals
Last MLB appearance
May 12, 1995 for the Boston Red Sox
Career statistics
Win–loss record 3–5
Earned run average 4.31
Strikeouts 61
Teams
Career highlights and awards
  • 0.40 ERA in 13 games in 1991.

Joel Raymond Johnston (born March 8, 1967 in West Chester, Pennsylvania) is a former Major League Baseball relief pitcher. He played 5 seasons for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Kansas City Royals and Boston Red Sox. He was 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m), 220 pounds, and he also threw and batted right-handed. Johnston attended Marple Newtown High School and Penn State University.

Career[edit]

Johnston was drafted in the 3rd round of the 1988 amateur entry draft by the Royals. Less than 5 seasons later, on September 5, 1991, he made his major league debut at the age of 24. Perhaps his rookie season was his best season—in just over 22 innings, he gave up only one earned run for an ERA of 0.40. He also struck out 21 batters that year.

According to Baseball America, in 1992 Johnston was the Royals top prospect, and was also number 59 on Baseball America's 1992 Top 100 Prospects list.[citation needed]

After his promising rookie season, Johnston pitched in just 5 games in 1992, posting an ERA of 13.50. After the season Johnston was traded to the Pirates with pitcher Dennis Moeller for second baseman José Lind, and he rebounded to an ERA of 3.38 in 33 games. However, after brief trials producing poor ERAs of 29.70 (1994) and 11.25 (1995), Johnston pitched his final major league game on May 12, 1995.

Personal[edit]

Johnston currently resides in Downingtown, Pennsylvania.

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