Our #9 hitter, Drew Johnson, from Strasburg and Cedarville University, also, like some of our earlier top hitters, has a long track record of excellent hitting.
First of all, Drew hit 333/405/490 for the Express in 2015, along with 18 runs, 28 RBIs, 11 doubles, 2 triples, 3 home runs, 3 stolen bases, and a 17/28 BB/K ratio. He had 3 hits in a game 5 times. He had a hit in the all-star game, and also went 7-15 with 6 runs and 3 RBIs in the playoffs. A solid year indeed.
It’s hard to overstate how good he was his first two years in college, though. In 2014, as a freshman for the Yellow Jackets, Drew hit 362/437/614 in 210 at-bats. He scored 47 runs, drove in 60, hit 19 doubles, 8 triples, 6 home runs, and had a 29/23 BB/K ratio. He led his college team in slugging, doubles, triples, home runs, and RBIs. As a freshman! His college bio says “phenomenal rookie season,” which is absolutely correct.
The next year, 2015, as a sophomore, Drew hit even better. This time around, he hit 389/440/621 in 198 at-bats, along with 42 runs, 41 RBIs, 15 doubles, 8 triples, and 5 home runs. He led his team in almost every offensive category- seriously. Batting average, on-base, slugging, runs, hits, doubles, triples, home runs, and RBIs.
As you might expect, the awards rolled in. In 2014:
- NCCAA All-America 1st Team
- NCCAA National All-Tournament Team
- Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) First Team
- G-MAC Freshman of the Year
- NCCAA All-American 2nd Team
- NCAA Division II Midwest Region 2nd Team
- NCCAA Baseball Midwest Region Player of the Year
- G-MAC 2nd team
- ABCA/Rawlings D-II Midwest Region 2nd Team
And now he can add one more citation to his already-huge list: the 9th best hitter in the Valley League in 2015!