HAGERSTOWN, Md. - The Hagerstown Suns, Class A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, announce the promotion of outfielder Daniel Johnson and left-handed reliever Jordan Mills to the Potomac Nationals (Class A Advanced) in the Carolina League.
Johnson leads the Suns with a .300 batting average, fifth-best in the South Atlantic League, and currently sits second in the league with 17 home runs after hitting one in 62 games with the Auburn Doubledays (Class A Short Season) in 2016. The 22-year-old from Vallejo, California is currently ranked third in the SAL in both slugging percentage (.529) and runs scored (61). After 88 games, his .934 OPS (on-base plus slugging) is tied for fourth-best among all Class A full-season hitters.
The 5-foot-10-inch, 185-pound New Mexico State alum was drafted by the Washington Nationals in the fifth round last year and is currently ranked 25th-best among all Nationals prospects by MLB Pipeline. Johnson's combination of power at the plate and defense at all three outfield spots earned him a start in right field for the SAL Northern Division All-Stars and he also competed in the SAL Home Run Derby. Johnson was named SAL Player of the Week on June 26 after batting .471 (8-for-17) with three home runs, seven runs batted in, and four runs scored in a four-game series against the Greensboro Grasshoppers.
Mills began the 2017 season on the Suns roster and posted a 4-1 record with a 1.80 ERA in 25 innings out of the Hagerstown bullpen. He made 4 saves in 5 opportunities. The 25-year-old Saint Mary's College (CA) alum joined the P-Nats on June 4 and pitched 9 1/3 innings of relief with a 7.71 ERA before rejoining the Suns on July 5. He's now 4-3 with a 3.03 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 29 2/3 innings for the Suns this season. Mills was drafted by the Houston Astros in 2013, pitched for the Can-Am Quebec Capitales in 2016, and signed with the Nationals in January.
The Suns are currently second in the SAL Northern Division second-half standings with a 15-13 record. Hagerstown will complete a three-city, 10-game road trip against the Augusta GreenJackets on Monday and Tuesday before returning to Municipal Stadium for a seven-game homestand beginning Thursday, July 27 at 7:05 p.m. against the West Virginia Power, Class A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, on Thirsty Thursday with beer prices starting at just two dollars each. For tickets, call (301) 791-6266 or visit hagerstownsuns.com.
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