Steve Johnson (baseball)

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Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson on July 15, 2012.jpg
Johnson with the Baltimore Orioles
Born: (1987-08-31) August 31, 1987 (age 31)
Baltimore, Maryland
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 15, 2012, for the Baltimore Orioles
Last appearance
June 14, 2016, for the Seattle Mariners
MLB statistics
Win–loss record6–1
Earned run average4.26

Steven David Johnson (born August 31, 1987) is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He made his Major League Baseball (MLB) debut with the Baltimore Orioles in 2012 and also played in MLB for the Seattle Mariners.

Professional career[edit]

Los Angeles Dodgers[edit]

Johnson was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 13th round of the 2005 MLB Draft out of St. Paul's School for Boys in Brooklandville, Maryland. He pitched for the GCL Dodgers in 2005, going 0–2 with a 9.53 ERA in six games (three starts). He split 2006 between the Ogden Raptors (14 starts) and Jacksonville Suns (two relief appearances), going a combined 5–5 with a 3.67 ERA. In 2007, he went 3–6 with a 4.85 ERA in 18 games (16 starts) for the Great Lakes Loons.

Johnson split 2008 between the Loons (13 starts) and Inland Empire 66ers (11 starts), going a combined 12–8 with a 4.32 ERA. He started the 2009 season in the Dodgers' organization, pitching for the 66ers (18 games, 16 starts) and Chattanooga Lookouts (two starts).

Baltimore Orioles[edit]

On July 30, he was traded with minor leaguer Josh Bell to the Baltimore Orioles for George Sherrill.[1] He finished the season with the Bowie Baysox. Overall, he went a combined 12–7 with a 3.41 ERA in 27 games (25 starts).

The San Francisco Giants selected him in the 2009 Rule 5 Draft,[2] but he was returned to the Orioles on March 16, 2010.[3]

Johnson had his contract purchased by the Orioles on June 3, 2012 but was immediately optioned to the Triple-A Norfolk Tides. He was called up to the major leagues for the first time on July 1, 2012 in Seattle, but did not play in the two games before he was optioned down again. He finally made his major league debut on July 15, 2012 against the Detroit Tigers in Baltimore. On August 8, 2012, he started and won his first game against the Seattle Mariners, 23 years to the day after his father pitched his first victory for the Orioles.

On April 24, 2013, Johnson was sent to the Norfolk Tides on a rehab assignment. He was brought up to the Orioles on May 11 to start against the Minnesota Twins, and optioned back to Norfolk the next day.[4] He was recalled on May 25 when Pedro Strop was placed on the disabled list.[5]

Johnson was outrighted off the Orioles roster on October 24, 2014. He was added back to the Orioles roster on September 1, 2015.

Texas Rangers[edit]

On January 29, 2016, Johnson signed a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers, with an invitation to Spring Training.[6] He was released on March 14.[7]

Seattle Mariners[edit]

Johnson signed with the Seattle Mariners prior to the 2016 season.

Second Stint with Orioles[edit]

On March 4, 2017, Johnson signed a minor league deal with the Baltimore Orioles.

Chicago White Sox[edit]

On August 9, 2017, the Orioles traded Johnson to the Chicago White Sox for cash considerations. He elected free agency on November 6, 2017.

Lancaster Barnstormers[edit]

On April 2, 2018, Johnson signed with the Lancaster Barnstormers of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.[8] He announced his retirement as an active player via social media on December 22, 2018.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Johnson's father, Dave Johnson, pitched in MLB for five seasons, including three for Baltimore, and is now a broadcaster on MASN, which airs Orioles and Nationals games.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Transaction page
  2. ^ Article
  3. ^ RHP Steve Johnson returned to Orioles
  4. ^ "Baltimore Orioles options RHP Steve Johnson to Triple-A". May 11, 2013. Retrieved May 12, 2013.
  5. ^ "Orioles place reliever Pedro Strop on 15-day disabled list, recall Steve Johnson". Baltimore Sun. May 25, 2013. Retrieved May 25, 2013.
  6. ^ "Rangers sign Steve Johnson". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved January 30, 2016.
  7. ^ "Major League Baseball Transactions in March 2016". Retrieved March 24, 2016.
  8. ^ "Barnstormers Sign Former O's Hurler". Lancaster Barnstormers. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  9. ^ Steve Johnson's official retirement announcement via Instagram. Retrieved December 22, 2018
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