I thought we were done with the debuts in 2018, but, obviously, I was wrong.
Two nights ago, September 19th, former Covington Lumberjack Sherman Johnson (2009-10) made his major league debut with the Los Angeles Angels!
Becoming the 7th former Valley Leaguer to make the highest level of baseball this season, Johnson made his debut with an at-bat in the 9th inning against Oakland A’s reliever Aaron Brooks. He grounded out to second. (In the process, by the way, he joined former Lumberjack teammate Robby Scott (2010) in the majors. Scott pitches in Boston.)
Johnson was a 14th round pick in the 2012 draft by the Angels, and had just finished his 7th year in the minor leagues with the Angels. In 2018, split between Double-A Midland and Triple-A Salt Lake, he hit 251/345/409 in 215 at-bats while battling several injuries. Over his career, he’s shown an intriguing mix of speed and plate discipline, hitting a total of 251/363/389 in 2,694 at-bats with a BB/K total of 463/588.
He’s also versatile; he’s listed primarily as a second baseman, but just this minor league season, he played 2B, SS, 3B, 1B, LF, and RF. I can’t speak to how well he plays those positions, but it’s at least possible.
Congratulations, Sherman! You made it!
Here’s the list of debuts this year, with Sherman at #7:
|1||Ryan Yarbrough||March 31||Luray 2012|
|2||Justin Anderson||April 23||Front Royal 2013|
|3||Eric Stout||April 25||Waynesboro 2012|
|4||Austin Gomber||June 2||Luray 2012|
|5||Sam Howard||June 10||Staunton 2012|
|6||Ryan Meisinger||June 29||Staunton 2014|