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Former MSU Hurler Alan Johnson Headed To The Majors

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Alan Johnson‘s second professional baseball pitching assignment of

the 2011 season could be his first on the Major League level.

The former Mississippi State pitcher from Birmingham, Ala., is listed as the Colorado Rockies‘ probable starter for Sunday’s home game against the Chicago Cubs after his minor league contract was purchased Thursday by Colorado. The Rockies optioned pitcher Greg Reynolds to Class AAA Colorado Springs and transferred another right-hander, Aaron Cook, to the 60-day disabled list to make room for Johnson on Colorado’s 40-man roster.

He becomes the 47th baseball player with Mississippi State ties to advance to the highest level of professional baseball and joins three other former Diamond Dog players —- pitchers

Paul Maholm (Pittsburgh) and Jonathan Papelbon (Boston) and first baseman Mitch Moreland (Texas) currently active on the Major League level. Former Diamond Dog Nat (Buck) Showalter joins that foursome in MLB as the manager of the Baltimore Orioles.

Johnson, 27, lettered at Mississippi State from 2003 to 2005 and signed as a free agent with the Colorado Rockies following the 2005 campaign. He began his seventh year in professional baseball and his third season in the starting rotation of the Class AAA Colorado Springs Sky Sox April 8.

In three seasons at Mississippi State, Johnson appeared in 44 games, drawing 43 starts and compiling a 13-15 record with 177 strikeouts and a 4.82 career earned run. He was honored as the SEC Pitcher of the Week three times in 2003, twice after complete-game shutout pitching performances against Ole Miss and LSU. Johnson was 10-8 with a 5.91 ERA last year in Colorado Springs and has compiled a 56-42 record with a 4.55 earned run average and 598 strikeouts during his career in minor league baseball.


STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State junior right-hander Devin Jones pitched a masterpiece until the ninth inning Friday afternoon.  Jones was touched for a two-run game-winning inside-the-park home run by Belmont’s Dylan Craig. That hit lifted the Bruins to a stunning 2-1 college baseball victory at Dudy Noble Field.

Entering the ninth inning, Jones was working on a three-hit shutout. MSU last had a complete-game shutout in 2003 when Alan Johnson blanked LSU 5-0 in a Southeastern Conference game at Dudy Noble Field.  Beginning the frame at 105 pitches, Jones was touched for a leadoff single by Derek Hamblen. Craig then crushed a 2-2 pitch to dead center, just over the outreached arm of center fielder Brent Brownlee.  By the time the ball was back in the infield, Craig was barreling home with the eventual game-winning run.

“Devin really pitched well,” MSU head coach John Cohen said.  “We left him out there because he was out best chance to get a ground ball effort. It is a frustrating loss because we really pitched it well today.”  The bizarre twist of fate ruined a masterpiece by Jones (1-1). Jones has now allowed six hits and two runs over his first 15 innings this season, while tossing a pair of quality starts.

The Bulldogs (5-1) scored the game’s lone run in the second inning. Daryl Norris began things with a single down the right field line. Cody Freeman followed with a single to right center, moving Norris to third base.  An inning later, the Bulldogs again had a pair of hits
– singles by Wes Thigpen and Brownlee. The Bulldogs would only get four runners into scoring position the rest of the way. In the fifth inning, Ryan Collins was thrown out at the plate on an infield ground ball with runners at second and third base.

For Belmont (3-3), starter Chase Brookshire allowed five hits and


one run (earned) over the first six innings of work. Josh Davis (2-0) threw two innings of shutout relief for the win, before Jon Ivie retired the side in order in the ninth inning for his second save.  Caleb Reed entered in the ninth inning, working around an infield error by striking out a pair to put the Bruins away.  The Bulldogs finished with six hits – singles by Nick Vickerson, Brownlee,  Daryl Norris, Cody Freeman, Jonathan Ogden and Thigpen.

Belmont managed five hits. Craig home run was the only extra-base hit in the contest.

The Bulldogs and Bruins resume their three-game weekend series at 2 p.m. Saturday, while the series finale is at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.  Also of note, the MSU-Alcorn State contest slated for Tuesday at Dudy Noble Field has been pushed back to a 5 p.m. first pitch.

Click on the image below to see photos from the game.


Article courtesy  MSU Athletics Media Relations

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