Orioles Top Prospects: No. 25 Steve Johnson

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Orioles Top Prospects: No. 25 Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson is yet another prospect who joined the Orioles as a result of a 2009 trade. This one sent O's closer George Sherrill to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for Josh Bell (who you'll see later on this list) and Johnson. Johnson turned in quite an impressive performance in his debut with the organization, which desperately needed arms after promoting five of its top pitchers to the Major League level.

Coming to Baltimore was like coming home for Johnson, both literally and figuratively. Johnson was born in Baltimore, and pitched in high school for the nearby St. Paul's squad. Johnson's father, Dave, was drafted by Baltimore and pitched for them for two years (1974-5), and is now a broadcaster for the O's.

In fact, the elder Johnson was broadcasting the O's game on July 30th when he was given the news that his son was returning to Baltimore to pitch for the family's hometown club.

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