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June 13, 2013

Johnson the Draft Dodger

Georgetown native selected in MLB First-Year Players process

The life and times of Georgetown’s Michael Johnson have been pretty incredible over the past five days.

The lefty pitcher known as “Silky” dating back to his days when he led the Newburyport Nor’easters American Legion team to the state title several years back graduated from Dartmouth on Sunday.

In addition to earning a 3.43 GPA and a degree from a top Ivy League school, he also found out in the same 24-hour period that the Los Angeles Dodgers liked him enough to take him in the 14th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft with the 424th overall pick.

“I’ve been looking forward to this for a while, and I’m just really happy to get the opportunity,” said Johnson, who was the ace of a pitching staff that finished with the 15th best staff ERA in college baseball. “Still trying to figure (what’s happening and where I’m going). I find out soon what the deal is, probably Arizona for a little bit.

“I’m really excited. It’s just going to be another period of transition like when I was going to Dartmouth for the first time,” said the Georgetown native, who played for Brooks School in high school. “I’m looking forward to keep getting better and working with some great pitching coaches and hopefully keep improving.”

The crowning achievement to a historic career at Dartmouth, Johnson finished off his senior year like a true ace going 7-0 with 47 strikeouts against just 13 walks, and just a .208 opponents against batting average in 59.1 innings of work for a career best 1.82 ERA. For his career Johnson finished 15-2 (the second-best winning percentage of any Dartmouth pitcher) with a 3.67 ERA and 113 strikeouts in 162 innings of work. He never lost a decision in Ivy League play. Those accomplishments combined with his work in the classroom as an economics major earned him a place on the Academic All-District team.

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