Pitcher Steve Johnson was sleeping when the San Francisco Giants magically turned him into a major league pitcher today, but it didn't take him long to process the implications of his selection in the Rule 5 Draft.
"It can't be bad,'' he said in a quick telephone conversation a few minutes ago. "Worst-case scenario is, I come back to the Orioles and that's not a bad thing. It's an opportunity that didn't think would come this soon. I'm excited about it."
Steve was awakened by his dad when the pick was made. Former O's pitcher Dave Johnson was monitoring the draft and also was pretty stoked that his son is going to be a second-generation major leaguer.
"He's excited,'' Steve said. "He wanted me to be picked up by somebody and get a chance."