Xavier Magazine

Diamond Days

Jay Johnson, a senior outfielder on the Xavier baseball team, was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 13th round of the Major League Baseball Draft, becoming the 19th Musketeer to move into the professional ranks. Johnson posted a .349 batting average this season and led the team in 14 offensive categories. He ended his career as the all-time leader for hits with 256 and a .338 career batting average.

Johnson was the 408th overall pick, making him the fourth-highest player drafted in Xavier history, and is the first Musketeer to be picked since 2001 when the Florida Marlins selected Kevin Cave in the 17th round. The only other players drafted higher than Johnson were Richard Donnelly (158th pick in 1967), Michael Scuglik (375th pick in 1999) and Lou Witte (381st pick in 1999). Former Xavier outfielder Matt Watson, who was the 480th pick in the 1999 draft, is the only Musketeer to reach the majors. He now plays for the Oakland A’s.

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