Xavier's Johnson Selected in the MLB Draft


CINCINNATI -- In the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft, the Boston Red Sox selected Xavier's Jay Johnson with the 408th pick in the 13th round. Johnson is the 19th Musketeer selected in the MLB Draft.

Johnson becomes the fourth highest player drafted in Xavier history and is the first Musketeer to be drafted since 2001 when the Florida Marlins drafted Kevin Cave in the 17th round. The only other players to be drafted higher than Johnson were Richard Donnelly (1967 draft, 9th round, 158 pick), Michael Scuglik (1999 draft, 12th round, 375 pick) and Lou Witte (1999 draft, 12th round, 381 pick). Former XU outfielder Matt Watson (16th round, 480 pick by Montreal in 1999) is the only Musketeer to reach the majors and is currently playing for the Oakland A's.

The senior from Crestview Hills, Ky., posted a .349 average and led XU in 14 offensive categories. Johnson also fielded at a .986 clip with five outfield assists on the 2005 campaign. He ended his career for the blue and white as the all-time leader for hits in a career with 256 and finished with a .338 career batting average. He was a mainstay in centerfield starting in 212 games over his four seasons at Xavier. His efforts this season earned him a spot on the Atlantic 10 All-Conference Second Team as well as the A-10 Academic All-Conference team, while past seasons he was named to the A-10 All-Conference First Team in 2004 and to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American Team in 2002.