Steve Johnson (baseball)
|Baltimore Orioles – No. 52|
Born: August 31, 1987|
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|July 15, 2012 for the Baltimore Orioles|
|Career statistics |
(through 2013 season)
|Earned run average||3.67|
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.
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).
On July 30, he was traded with minor leaguer Josh Bell to the Baltimore Orioles for George Sherrill. 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).
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. He was recalled on May 25 when Pedro Strop was placed on the disabled list.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference (Minors)