Daniel Johnson, Jordan Mills Promoted to Potomac

Johnson departs SAL as total bases leader, second in home runs

Johnson leads Suns with .300 batting average and sits second in SAL with 17 home runs. (John Slick)

By Kevin Gehl / Hagerstown Suns | July 24, 2017 12:23 PM

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.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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