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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|