DJ Johnson's Dream Season Continues; On Rockies NLDS Roster

A month ago, DJ Johnson was finishing up his ninth year in pro ball, pitching for the Rockies Triple-A Albuquerque affiliate, getting ready to go home for a few weeks before going to winter ball in the Dominican Republic so he could supplement his minor-league salary.

So much for that idea.

First, Johnson received a September call-up, and then he pitched so well that when the Rockies open the NL Division Series against the Brewers in Milwaukee on Thursday, Johnson will be in uniform, on the Rockies roster, and ready to answer any call he gets to warm up in the bullpen.

In finalizing their 25-man roster, the Rockies also included infielders Ryan McMahon and Garrett Hampson, also September call-ups.

They, however, did not include Jake McGee and Bryan Shaw, relievers signed to three-year, $27 million contracts in the off-season who struggled during the regular season, as well as starting pitcher Jon Gray, the odd man out among the five starters in light of plans to go with a four-man starting staff.

The roster can be adjusted after the Division Series if the Rockies advance to the NL Championship Series.

Other players from the September roster who were not included on the 25-man Division Series roster include infielder Pat Valaika, catchers Drew Butera and Tom Murphy, and outfielders Noel Cuevas and Raimel Tapia.

Originally signed by the Rays in 2010 as an undrafted player out of Western Oregon, where he was a pitcher, Johnson has pitched in the Rays, Angels, Twins, D-Backs and Rockies organizations, as well as for teams in independent leagues.

He pitched at the Triple-A level for the first time in his career in 2018, his ninth year in pro ball.

No. ROCKIES NLDS ROSTER Pos No. BREWERS NLDS ROSTER Pos
35 Bettis, Chad RHP 39 Corbin Burnes RHP
71 Davis,Wade RHP 45 Jhoulys Chacin RHP
63 Johnson, DJ RHP 47 Gio Gonzalez LHP
48 Márquez, German RHP 41 Junior Guerra RHP
45 Oberg, Scott RHP 71 Josh Hader LHP
18 Oh, Seunghwan RHP 32 Jeremy Jeffress RHP
0 Ottavino,Adam RHP 46 Corey Knebel RHP
49 Senzatela,Antonio RHP 20 Wade Miley LHP
44 Anderson,Tyler LHP 51 Freddy Peralta RHP
21 Freeland, Kyle LHP 48 Joakim Soria RHP
59 Musgrave, Harrison LHP 53 Brandon Woodruff RHP
52 Rusin, Chris LHP 15 Erik Kratz C
22 Iannetta, Chris C 9 Manny Pina C
14 Wolters,Tony (L) C 24 Jesus Aguilar 1B
28 Arenado, Nolan 3B 3 Orlando Arcia SS
1 Hampson, Garrett SS/2B/OF 18 Mike Moustakas 3B
9 LeMahieu, DJ 2B 14 Hernan Perez 2B
24 McMahon, Ryan 1B/3B/2B 5 Jonathan Schoop 2B
27 Story,Trevor SS 21 Travis Shaw 2B
19 Blackmon, Charlie (L) CF 8 Ryan Braun LF
26 Dahl, David (L) OF 23 Keon Broxton OF
5 González, Carlos (L) RF 6 Lorenzo Cain CF
7 Holliday, Matt LF 28 Curtis Granderson OF
8 Parra, Gerardo (L) OF 16 Domingo Santana OF
20 Desmond, Ian 1B 22 Christian Yelich RF
10 Black, Bud Manager 30 Craig Counsel Manager
Coaches Coaches
39 Cole, Stu 3rd base 11 Darnell Coles Hitting
43 Diaz,Tony 1st base 63 Robinson Diaz Bullpen Catcher
58 Espy, Duane Hitting 55 Marcus Panel Bullpen Catcher
36 Foster, Steve Pitching 36 Derek Johnson Pitching
53 Gideon, Ron Coach 40 Jason Lane Coaches
40 Holmes, Darren Bullpen 59 Pat Murphy Bench
77 Muñoz, Aaron Bullpen Catcher 0 Ed Sedar 3rd Base
11 Redmond, Mike Bench 31 Carlos Subero 1st Base
41 Salazar, Jeff Asst Hitting 58 Lee Tunnell Bullpen Catcher
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