Graduated from St. Paul's (MD) HS…Is the son of former major league pitcher (Pirates, Orioles, Tigers) and current MASN analyst Dave Johnson…Was a member of the 2004 Youse's Maryland Orioles' National Championship Team…Helped St. Paul's to their first MIAA "A Conference" Championship as a freshman and repeated the feat his sophomore year…Was selected to Baltimore's All-Metro team all four years in high school, the first player in the 50+ year history of the award to accomplish the feat
Had four stints with the O's (3/31-4/30, 5/11, 5/25-8/3, 9/5-end of season), in addition to two DL trips (3/23-4/30 - right lat strain and 6/6-8/2 - left oblique strain)... Made one start for the Birds, allowing six earned runs in 4.0IP, May 11 @MIN... Had eight relief appearances, posting a 5.40 ERA (11.2IP, 7ER)... Pitched to a 3.68 ERA (7.1IP, 3ER) in six appearance stretch, May 29-September 21... Tossed season-high 2.1 scoreless relief innings, May 29 vs. WAS... Recorded season-high tying five strikeouts twice, May 25 @TOR (2.2IP) and June 5 @HOU (2.1IP)
Had four stints with the O's (7/2-3, 7/15, 8/8-9 & 8/14-end of season) after having his contract selected from Triple-A Norfolk, 6/3 ... Became 22nd player born in MD to play for the O's, the first to make his debut since John Bale in 2001 ... Is 4-0 to start his career...Trails only Travis Driskill, Rocky Coppinger & Jerry Walker (5-0) and Ben McDonald (6-0) for longestundefeated stretch to begin his ML career with the Orioles ... Made ML debut, 7/15 vs. DET (2.0IP, H, ER, 2BB, 2K, HR to Miguel Cabrera) ... Made first ML start, 8/8 vs. SEA (W, 6.0IP, 5H, 2ER, 2BB, 9K), 23 years to the day his father, Dave, made his first career startin Baltimore & earned the win ... Went 3-0 with a 2.86 ERA (22.0IP, 7ER, 10.2 K/9) in 4 starts and 1-0 with a 1.10 ERA (16.1IP, 2ER, 11.6 K/9) in 8 reliefappearances ... Did not allow a hit to opponents in 24PA (20AB, 3BB, SH) with RISP ... Posted a 0.81 ERA (22.1IP, 2ER, 27K) in 7 games (2starts), 8/25-9/24 ... Struck out career-high nine batters, 8/8 vs. SEA ... Was equally effective against lefties (.563 OPS in 75PA) and righties (.560 OPS in 76PA) ... Posted a 2.86 ERA (91.1IP, 29ER) in 19 games (14 starts) with the Tides, including a 0.53 ERA (17.0IP, ER) in 5 reliefappearances at AAA
Went 5-1 with a 2.16 ERA (58.1IP, 14ER) and 59 K's in 10 starts for Triple-A Norfolk...Went season-high 8.0 IP on May 31 vs. Richmond (H, 2ER, BB, 7K)...Was tied for third in games started (17) and fourth in innings pitched (87.1) and strikeouts (63) for the Baysox...Went 2-7 with a 5.56 ERA (87.1IP, 54ER) in 17 starts for the Triple-A Norfolk Tides...Struck out season-high 7 on August 25 vs. Gwinnett...Pitched for Mesa in the AFL, posting a 2.96 ERA (24.1IP, 8ER) in eight starts.
Tied for the Eastern League lead with 28 games started and finished fifth with 128 strikeouts...Led the Baysox in starts, innings pitched and strikeouts...Struck out a season-high 10 July 20 against Binghamton.
Combined to go 12-7 with 3.41 ERA (55er, 145.1ip) with 154 strikeouts in 27 games (25 starts) with single-A Inland Empire and double-A clubs Chattanooga and Bowie...went 8-4 with 3.82 ERA (41er, 96.2ip) in 18 games (16 starts) with 102 strikeouts with Inland Empire...was named Player of Week from June 22-29...was promoted to double-A Chattanooga on July 21 and went 1-1 with 1.69 ERA (2er, 10.2ip) in 2 starts before being traded to Baltimore with Josh Bell in exchange for left-handed pitcher George Sherrill July 31...finished season with Orioles' double-A affiliate, Bowie, going 3-2 with 2.84 ERA (12er, 38.0ip) in 7 starts...earned Player of Week honors in last week of season, Aug. 31-Sept. 8.
Was Mid-Season Midwest League All-Star with single-A Great Lakes, getting start for East team...went 9-2 with 2.34 ERA (19er, 73.0ip) with 57 strikeouts and only 59 hits allowed in 13 starts before being promoted to single-A Inland Empire on June 25...posted 3-6 record with 7.10 ERA (41er, 52.0ip) in 11 starts...his combined 12 wins topped all Dodger minor leaguers.
Appeared in 18 games (16 starts) for single-A Great Lakes, going 3-6 with 4.85 ERA (44er, 81.2ip)...played for Oahu in Hawaiian Winter League following season.
Entered season as Dodgers' 16th-best prospect according to Baseball America...began season in double-A Jacksonville, going 0-0 with 0.00 ERA (0er, 4.2ip) in 2 games...after missing over month, returned to Pioneer League with Ogden, where he went 5-5 with 3.89 ERA (34er, 78.2ip) in 14 starts...led Pioneer League with 86 strikeouts and earned Pitcher of Week honors from June 26-July 2...made his professional debut in Gulf-Coast League with GCL Dodgers, going 0-2 with 9.53 ERA (12er, 11.1ip) in 6 games (3 starts).
Pitched in six games (three starts) for the GCL Dodgers and struck out 14 while walking four.