Jeremy Johnson (baseball)

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Jeremy M. Johnson (born July 19, 1982 in Concord, North Carolina) is a professional baseball pitcher. Johnson previously spent ten years in the minor league organizations of the Detroit Tigers and Houston Astros.

Johnson graduated from Mooresville High School in Mooresville, North Carolina in 2000. As a high school baseball player he was named an honorable mention on the 2000 USA Today All-USA high school baseball team.[1] Johnson entered the amateur draft and was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 11th round.[2] Johnson reported to the Rookie-level Gulf Coast Tigers, where he went 3-1 with an ERA of 4.15. Toward the end of the season, the Tigers promoted Johnson to the Single-A Oneonta Tigers in the New York–Penn League, where he went 0-1 with a 2.89 ERA.[3]

Johnson opened the 2001 season with Oneonta, where he went 7-1 in twelve starts with a 3.42 ERA before being promoted to the Single-A West Michigan Whitecaps in late August.[4] Johnson finished out the Whitecaps season, going 1-1; he also played a few games for the Single-A Lakeland Flying Tigers. Johnson returned to the Whitecaps for the 2002 season, and posted a 4.26 ERA before being promoted (again) to Lakeland and then, later in the season, the Double-A Erie SeaWolves. At Erie, Johnson went 6-1 with a 3.88 ERA; opening there in the 2003 season he was off to a strong start before being sidelined by a shoulder injury.[3][5]

Johnson spent a shortened 2004 season back at Lakeland, where he went 3-6 with an ERA of 4.67. His highlight performance occurred on July 30, when he threw six shutout innings in a 9-1 victory over the St. Lucie Mets.[6] Over 2005 and 2006, Johnson continued to alternate between Lakeland and Erie, with mixed results. In 2007, he finally reached the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens, going 3-3 with an ERA of 3.44 in 39 appearances; for the first time mostly in a relief role.[3] He became a free agent at the end of the 2008 season and signed a minor league contract with the Houston Astros.

Johnson spent the first half of the 2009 season with the Triple-A Round Rock Express, where he was 5-8 with a 3.51 ERA. Johnson both started (13 starts) and worked out of the bullpen (8 appearances). He signed with LG Twins in South Korea on July 21, 2009.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2000 All-USA baseball". USA Today. June 27, 2000. p. 7C. 
  2. ^ "Tigers agree to terms with 13 more draftees". Associated Press. July 1, 2000. 
  3. ^ a b c "Jeremy Johnson Statistics". TheBaseballCube.com. Archived from the original on 2008-07-24. 
  4. ^ "Caps waste a solid start by Howell; Poor baserunning dooms West Michigan in 3-2 loss to Fort Wayne". Grand Rapids Press. August 22, 2001. p. C2. 
  5. ^ Beck, Jason (June 1, 2004). "Notes: Still waiting for Vina". MLB.com. Retrieved 2008-06-26. [permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Beck, Ted (July 30, 2004). "Johnson pitches a gem; FSL: Tigers 9, Mets 1". The Ledger. p. C2. 
  7. ^ Davis, Danny (July 23, 2009). "Korea buys Round Rock right-hander". Austin American-Statesman. Archived from the original on November 30, 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-02. 

Jeremy Johnson is currently signed with the Houston Astros AA affiliate Corpus Christy Hooks as part of the starting pitcher rotation for the 2010 season.

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