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Steve Johnson (baseball)

Steve Johnson
Baltimore Orioles – No. 52
Starting pitcher
Born: (1987-08-31) August 31, 1987 (age 26)
Baltimore, Maryland
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
July 15, 2012 for the Baltimore Orioles
Career statistics
(through 2013 season)
Win-loss record 5-1
Earned run average 3.67
Strikeouts 66

Steven David Johnson (born August 31, 1987) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles of Major League Baseball. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 13th round of the 2005 amateur draft out of St. Paul's High School in Brooklandville, Maryland.

Playing career

Los Angeles Dodgers

Johnson 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

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'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.[6]

See also

Biography portal
Baseball portal


External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference (Minors)
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