MUSTANGS IN THE PROS (pdf)
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Former Cal Poly pitcher Jeff Johnson, currently playing for the Akron RubberDucks, is fourth in the Double-A Eastern League with 17 saves.
After going 12 appearances without allowing a run this season, Johnson gave up an earned run in 1 2/3 innings for the loss against Altoona on May 14 but has picked up one victory and 14 saves in his last 23 appearances (23 innings). Johnson has not allowed a home run this season.
Meanwhile, Chase Johnson and Eric Massingham both have earned seven wins so far this season.
Johnson, who was selected to play in the Carolina-California All-Star Game, sports a 7-3 record and 2.77 ERA for the San Jose Giants. On July 19, he picked up his sixth win, allowing one run and four hits in seven innings with eight strikeouts against Lancaster. Seven days later at Bakersfield, Johnson earned his seventh win, allowing one run and four hits in 6 2/3 innings with seven strikeouts.
Massingham pitched for the Stuttgart Reds in the German Professional League and compiled a 7-3 record and 2.81 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 83 1/3 innings.
Cal Poly has three players currently in the Major Leagues.
Third baseman Brent Morel has played three games for the Pittsburgh Pirates since his promotion two weeks ago while the other two are pitchers Bud Norris with the Baltimore Orioles and Casey Fien with the Minnesota Twins. Pitcher Kevin Correia was designated for assignment by the Philadelphia Phillies on July 7 and is on the reserve roster for Lehigh Valley.
Two other former Mustangs are playing Triple-A ball -- Logan Schafer with the Colorado Sky Sox and Mike Miller with the Pawtucket Red Sox.
Currently sporting batting averages above the .260 mark are Jimmy Allen (.280) with the Great Lakes Loons, Mitch Haniger (.328) with the Visalia Rawhide, Mark Mathias (.283) with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, Brian Mundell (.267) with the Boise Hawks, Nick Torres (.323) with the Lake Elsinore Storm and Peter Van Gansen (.308) with the Tri-City Dust Devils.
For updates on all former Cal Poly players in the pro ranks this season, click the link at the top of this story.
Photos above courtesy of Topps (Jeff Johnson) and San Jose Giants (Chase Johnson)