The 8th best relief pitcher in the 2015 Valley League season is Charlottesville’s Daniel Johnson!
The 6-foot lefty from Charleston Southern had quite an interesting year for the TomSox. Overall, he finished 1-2, 1.51, with 4 saves in 35 2/3 innings pitched. His ended with a 1.232 WHIP, 2.5 BB/9, and 10.6 K/9. He struck out 42 batters- almost 7 more than innings pitched. He may have a rubber arm, too. On July 19th, the TomSox were locked in a duel with the Waynesboro Generals. Daniel came in the game in the 9th inning, with the Sox down, 3-2. He threw a shutout inning. The TomSox tied the game in the bottom of the 9th. Daniel came out to pitch the 10th, and threw another shutout inning. And then another one, and another one, and another one…. he ended up throwing seven shutout innings in the contest. He threw 100 pitches- 68 of them strikes- from the 9th until he was relieved in the top of the 16th inning. His final line: 7 innings, 2 hits, 0 runs, 2 walks, 9 strikeouts… and no decision. (Charlottesville won in the bottom of the 16th.)
Daniel is currently a sophomore for the Buccaneers. As a freshman in 2015, he threw 11 innings in 13 games. He struck out 9, but his ERA was 12.27. Through February 28th, Daniel has started two games, and is 1-1, 6.75 in 10 2/3 innings pitched. Watch for those numbers to improve- he showed he can dominate over the summer!