Jordan Johnson Selected in 23rd Round of 2014 MLB Draft
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
CSUN right-handed pitcher Jordan Johnson, a draft-eligible sophomore, was selected in the 23rd round (No. 688 overall) of the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Players Draft by the San Francisco Giants on Saturday afternoon. Johnson becomes the 92nd Matador taken in the history of the MLB Draft and extends the current streak of years with a pick from CSUN to 10.
Johnson returned for his first full season at CSUN after injuries the previous two years. He appeared in 15 games, made 12 starts and finished the year with a 3-6 record and a 4.33 ERA. In 72.2 innings, Johnson struck out 39 batters and walked 15.
Johnson started the season off strong, picking up a win while allowing just three hits in 5.1 innings at eventual-MEAC champion Bethune-Cookman. He added wins over Washington State and UC Santa Barbara and in his three victories allowed just one total run while striking out 10.
He pitched 9.0 innings and struck out six at Sam Houston State on March 19th in a no-decision as the game was eventually decided in extra innings.
Originially from Elk Grove, Calif., Johnson was drafted out of high school by the Colorado Rockies organization in the 42nd round of the 2011 Draft. The Giants have now drafted eight Matadors all-time and Johnson is the first taken by the organization since Edwin Quirarte in 2008.