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
Positions: Utl, RF, CF, LF
Positions (alt): Utl, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, RP
College: Covenant College
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.
|2016-18||assistant youth coach||Solvesborg Firehawks||Sweden||I helped run practices, instruct youth on technique, drills etc.|
|2019||Stuttgart (Regular Season)||-||66||10||16||1||0||2||11||8||19||9||0||.239||.316||.343|