Aug. 9, 2012
ALPINE, Texas — Former University of Cincinnati standout Kevin Johnson (Willard, Ohio/Willard) added a professional title to his baseball resume after the Alpine Cowboys won the independent Pecos League Championship on Tuesday.
The Cowboys secured the championship with a 13-7 win over the Las Cruces Vaqueros at Kokernot Field.
Johnson, a left-handed pitcher and first baseman for the Bearcats from 2007-2010, made 12 relief appearances for the Cowboys in 2012, recording 18 strikeouts in 13 2-3 innings pitched.
The 6-foot-4½ lefty played in 152 games for Cincinnati, accumulating a .241 average with 71 runs, 120 hits, 26 doubles, one triple, 17 home runs and 79 RBIs. He made 36 pitching appearances and posted a 5.58 ERA, a 7-5 win-loss record and 68 strikeouts in 90 1-3 innings pitched.
Johnson was selected in the 42nd round of the 2010 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Texas Rangers, one year after the Florida Marlins picked him in the 38th round of the 2009 draft.