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Swedish-American IF/OF/P who has played in Sweden and Germany

Name: Joel Johnson

Height: 188 cmcm

Weight: 88 kgkg

DOB: April 1, 1996

Date Available: March 29, 2021

Bats: R

Throws: R

Positions: Utl, RF, CF, LF

Positions (alt): Utl, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, RP

College: Covenant College

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Joel along with his brother Daniel, are looking to take their careers to a new league in Europe and would like to play together.  Joel has played in the German Bundesliga, Swedish Elite League and the Queensland State League in Australia over the past few years since graduating college. Most recently he was part of the 2020 Swedish Championship team, the Sölvesborg Firehawks, alongside his brother Daniel.

Joel on his abilities and previous success:

I am a power hitting outfielder who can also play several other positions. I am a hard worker, highly competitive, and very coachable as well. I grew up playing in Sweden, and later moved to the US and continued to play high-school and college baseball. I played at Covenant College, a NCAA D3 school in the USA South conference. I was limited in my first 2 years of college due to injury and only appeared in 25 games in the 2 years combined.  My junior year of college, I went on a 15 game hitting streak, had one game without a hit, and then resumed the streak for the final 6 games of the year. I slugged .483 and hit 5 home runs and 10 doubles in 38 games. My senior year of college, I batted .319 with a team-high 31 RBIs and slugged .563 with 4 home runs, 7 doubles, and 7 triples in 37 games.

While in college, I also played in Sweden and also played in several CEB tournaments in Europe as well as the 2016 European Championships in the Netherlands. In the European Championships, I batted .385, slugged .538 with 4 doubles, with an OBP of .429.

When asked, Rene Saggiadi, scout for the Boston Red Sox said,  

Joel is a good athlete with an excellent body. The bat is the prize. He has above average bat speed and excellent hand-eye coordination with balance in his swing. He does not get cheated and shows good power frequency in games. He will provide a steady production of extra-base hits and will attack opposite pitchers. Offensively, I always expect him to produce both in terms of contact and power. He likes to swing at strikes. He doesn’t walk much because he’s aggressive against strikes, not because he has poor plate discipline. He is also very coachable and listens when spoken to. While he’s a good player, he’s an even better person to have around. He’ll give all he has, for you and for his teammates, and you’ll be proud of him.

Abilities summary: Good hitter with gap to gap power, 6.7 60 yard dash, versatile and can handle several positions well. Also able to fill a short reliever/closer role on the mound with fastball in mid-80’s. 

Playing Experience

2014-18 Covenant College NCAA DIII - USA South Conference 3 year starter, played mainly 3B and outfield, 3 hole hitter
2016-18 Sölvesborg Firehawks Sweden Starting 3B and 3-Hole Hitter
2018-19 Redcliffe Padres Queensland State League (Australia)
2019 Stuttgart Reds German Bundesliga 1
2020 Sölvesborg Firehawks Swedish Elite League 2020 Champs

Coaching Experience

2016-18 assistant youth coach Solvesborg Firehawks Sweden I helped run practices, instruct youth on technique, drills etc.


College/Amateur Batting

2016 Solvesborg 28 90 25 35 4 0 4 32 16 6 - - .388 .476 .566
2017 Covenant 38 143 23 44 10 0 5 31 14 31 9 1 .308 .377 .483
2017 Solvesborg 33 92 28 31 6 2 0 23 25 13 - - .336 .483 .445
2018 Covenant 37 135 27 43 7 7 4 31 11 37 7 2 .319 .390 .563
2018 Sölvesborg Firehawks 12 54 21 17 3 2 2 6 16 8 - - .314 .459 .555
2018-19 Redcliffe 8 29 4 7 1 2 0 6 1 9 2 0 .241 .290 .414
2019 Stuttgart (Regular Season) - 66 10 16 1 0 2 11 8 19 9 0 .239 .316 .343
2019 Stuttgart (Playoffs) - 21 7 10 1 2 1 7 5 3 2 0 .476 .577 .857
2019 EU Championship 6 22 2 6 1 1 0 0 0 7 0 0 .273 .273 .409
2020 Sölvesborg Firehawks 11 42 13 14 4 0 1 7 - - - - .333 .423 .500

College/Amateur Pitching

2017 Solvesborg Firehawks 0.00 0 0 3.2 3 1 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 1.64
2018 Solvesborg Firehawks 3.86 0 0 2.1 1 3 3 1 2 1 0 0 0 1.72
020 Sölvesborg Firehawks 0.00 0 0 6 2 5 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.500

Video Highlights


These Testimonials Have Been Verified

Rene Saggiadi

Boston Red Sox, Europe Scout

I am very happy to help. I've had Joel on a couple of travel teams in the past and I've always been extremely happy with his performance and behaviour on and off the field. He is a great teammate and player. Listens, works hard, plays hard and he's also very coachable. He will give you all he's got and more. He has played through pain as well, just to help his own team. He will do whatever is needed to win and will gladly play anywhere. I've never heard any sort of complaint coming from him (or about him). He has played college in the US and has also represented his national team in international tournaments, so he has a wide array of experiences. When he joins a team, the clubhouse is better off immediately.

He's a bat first guy. He hits the ball very hard on a rope and seems to hit .300 or better wherever he goes. He will spray his hits and get extra-bases to all fields. He gets a lot of doubles and triples. Runs very well for a guy of his size. He has played pretty much anywhere, including SS, although I wouldn't use him there. His college team has used him at 3B and in the outfield. Personally, I like his bat so much that I think it will play anywhere. He's a good athlete so he can hold his own in all defensive positions.

Doug Simons

Covenant College, Head Coach

Joel is an athletic, power hitting outfielder. Middle of the order type hitter with gap-to-gap power. Even though OF is his best position Joel can play anywhere on the field. Joel flashes plus arm strength in the OF, can steal bases, and hit for power. Joel is an outstanding young man with high morals and a great teammate. It was an honor to coach him the last 3 seasons.

Chris Miller

Milwaukee Brewers, Former International Scout

My name is Chris Miller, I played and coached overseas for 17 years and scouted internationally for the Milwaukee Brewers for 5 years, in charge of Europe, Africa and Asia. Joel Johnson is an exceptional young man, born in Sweden and raised in the United States, with both a Swedish and American passport. Joel graduated from High school at the age of 16 and graduated college at 21. In my opinion, he is an outfielder with all five tools. He can play infield, catch and pitch. He has exceptional power, good hitting, average to above average arm strength and good defense. He is an exceptional young man with fabulous character. He is great with kids and is willing to coach and teach. I represented New South Wales in the Claxton Shield many years ago and I believe that Joel could play in the ABL and that he will sign a contract with a Major League Baseball club. Whoever has the pleasure to receive Joel would be pleased to have him as a part of their club.

Additional Info

More game video (Must watch on YouTube, rights to embed no permitted)

The url below is to Joel and the Firehawks vs. the Valencia Astros (Spain) at the Federations Cup in Belgium June 6-11, 2018. Joel went 3-5 hitting in the 2-hole.


Living preferences: Living with his brother and their wives if possible

Status: Married

Prior engagements: No

Ever convicted of a felony? No

Recent injuries/illnesses: yes, broken hamate bone June 2018, fixed surgically with 4-6 week recovery