Jan. 14, 2018
Johnson named to South Central Region Newcomers Watch List
TUCSON, Ariz. _ Collegiate Baseball (@CBnewspaper) released their 2018 NCAA Div. II Preseason All-American Teams and Lubbock Christian University was recognized with RHP Ricky Contreras, RHP Daniel Crooks and DH Ryan Rogers each receiving Preseason All-American honors out of the South Central Region. The publication also named INF Keaton Greenwalt to the South Central Region Watch List and LHP Ryan Johnson (Winnipeg, Man.) to the South Central Region Newcomers Watch List.
Johnson redshirted last season for LCU. He played junior college at Crowder College his freshman season (2011) and Southern Idaho his sophomore season (2013). At Crowder, he was a two-way player, hitting .333 with 28 RBIs and also producing a pace of 1.4 strikeouts per inning, helping lead Crowder to the NJCAA World Series. Prior to his junior college career, the pitcher from Winnipeg, Manitoba played amateur baseball with St. James A’s and on the Manitoba Junior National Team. He returned to Manitoba this past summer and competed with the Weyburn Beavers of the Western Major Baseball League (collegiate summer league), where he went 5-1 with a 2.70 ERA. He had a league leading 41 strikeouts in 33 1/3 innings.