Ryan Johnson - Baseball - University of Kentucky Athletics 28


  • height 6-3
  • Weight 220
  • class Senior
  • Hometown College Station, Texas
  • Previous School San Jacinto College

• SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll (2018)
• 2017 No. 19 JUCO prospect (Perfect Game/Rawlings)

Served as a two-way player for the Brazos Valley Bombers of the Texas Collegiate League…Primarily focused on pitching, posted a 2-0 record with a 4.05 ERA in seven games with three starts…Struck out 11 and allowed just eight hits in 13.1 innings…Opponents hit just .163 against him…Did not allow more than three earned runs in any appearance…Found his footing after his first outing…Had a WHIP of 1.05…Appeared as a position player nine times, hitting .212 with three runs, four RBI and a triple in 33 at bats…Drew four walks and stole a base.

Appeared in 48 games, drawing 34 starts in right field and as the designated hitter…Hit .242 with 30 runs, nine doubles, three home runs, 20 RBI and 13 walks…Stole two bases in three attempts, was hit by five pitches and had three sacrifice flies and sacrifice bunts…Registered seven multi-hit games and four multi-RBI games…Had some bad luck on well-hit balls, as his batting average on balls in play (BABIP) was just .284…Was scorching hot early in the season, hitting .378 before he was hit in the face with a pitch on 3/4/18 vs. Louisiana in the Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic…Had three RBI in just his second start of the season on 2/18 vs. Evansville…Had a career-high four RBI on 2/25 vs. Oakland during a 2-for-3 day with three runs scored, a double, home run, walk and HBP…The Texas native went 3-for-3 with three runs, two RBI, a double and home run on 3/2 vs. No. 19 Houston in his first game back in the state…Smoked a career-high four hits on 3/27 vs. Miami (Ohio)…Had one of the best at bats of the season when, as a pinch hitter, he fouled off four two-strike pitches with two outs in the ninth inning on 4/13 at No. 18 Georgia, eventually drawing a walk to extend the inning as the Cats tied the game and went on to win in extra innings…Made his first career pitching appearance vs. Vanderbilt on 5/17, allowing three hits and two runs in an inning of work.

In 2017, played for San Jacinto, the NJCAA Division I runners-up and Southern District Champs…Appeared in 55 games, hitting .299 (53-177) with 36 runs scored, 15 doubles, two triples and seven home runs…Had 37 RBI, 16 walks, 48 strikeouts, four stolen bases, an on-base percentage of .357 and slugging percentage of .525…Rated No. 19 JUCO prospect by Perfect Game.

2016 (TCU)
Played his freshman season at TCU, which won the Big 12 Tournament and advanced to the College World Series…Appeared in 21 games with five starts, all in right field…Scored seven runs and drove in three…Stole a pair of bases…Had six pinch hit appearances…Was Opening Day starter in right field as a freshman.

Two-time All-State player at College Station (TX) HS (2013 and 2014)…Coached by Scott Holder…Helped team to 2014 Texas 3A state championship…Two-time Under Armour All-American…Perfect Game All-American in 2014…Top 350 recruit by Baseball America…Participated in USA Baseball’s National High School Invitational…Two-time area code games participant…Also played basketball and football…Owns the College Station HS basketball single-season record for charges taken (56).

Full name is Ryan Moiel Johnson…Born in Houston…Son of Tim and Sharon…Has an older sister, Haley… Has played in College World Series each of the past two seasons with TCU (2016) and San Jacinto (2017)…Named Academic All-District…Favorite MLB team is the Houston Astros…Picked UK because he liked the campus and coaching staff and felt it was best place for him to develop…Major is Communication.

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