Dodger Prospect #19 Steve Johnson

Dodgerinsider.com is currently taking a look at the top prospects in the Dodger organization. Here's another as we count down to the very best.

Name- STEVEN DAVID JOHNSON Position- Starting Pitcher
Residence- Kingsville, Md.
DOB- Aug. 31, 1987
Ht- 6-1
Wt- 185
B/T- R/R
How Obtained- Drafted in 13th round 2005
06 Clubs- Jacksonville (Southern ), Ogden (Pioneer)

The Dodgers paid good money to lure Johnson away from Boston College and it looks like a wise move. After his debut season was cut short by a tired arm he came on nicely in 2006, even throwing two scoreless innings in an emergency appearance at Jacksonville. Most of the year was spent in rookie ball where he performed in style.

His fast ball comes up around 90 mph and he has a dependable curve which he uses wisely to put batters away.

Above all he has an excellent feel for the craft probably because he's been schooled well by his father, former major league pitcher Dave, who is now an Orioles broadcaster and who runs a baseball school in Baltimore.

Although Johnson probably won't get much bigger, he should continue to grow as a pitcher with experience. He should spent 2007 with the new low A affiliate, Great Lakes.

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