Former Argonaut to pitch in Arizona Fall League
Kevin Johnson earns spot in postseason league after successful season in the minors
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Former West Florida baseball player and Pensacola native Kevin Johnson has been selected to play for the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League. The league has been a stepping stone for many up-and-coming prospects on their journeys to the major leagues.
Johnson was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels in the 20th round as the 624th overall pick in the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft. Since then he has played for five different minor league teams while working his way up through the Angels’ farm system.
Johnson began the 2012 season in the Double-A Texas League with the Arkansas Travelers before being promoted to the Angels’ Triple-A affiliate, the Salt Lake Bees, after pitching just two games.
While at Salt Lake he recorded a 1-2 record with 2 saves, a 5.68 ERA, 5 walks and 13 strikeouts in 25.1 innings pitched. Johnson was then optioned back to Double-A where he finished the season with a 1-4 record with 16 saves, a 2.37 ERA, 11 walks and 18 strikeouts in 38 innings pitched.
Johnson played for the Argonauts for two seasons from 2009-2010 and was named the Gulf South Conference Pitcher of the Week seven times, the most all-time by an East Division player and tied for the most all-time by any GSC pitcher.
Each MLB organization is required to provide at least seven players to compete in the league of six teams. Johnson was one of eight players in the Angels’ organization to be chosen for the league.
Opening day for the AFL is Oct. 9, and the final game is scheduled for Nov. 15.
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