RiverHawks sign former Mets farmhand
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August 3, 2010 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – The Rockford RiverHawks have signed another former New York Mets farmhand.

Rockford’s only professional baseball team announced on Tuesday that it has signed pitcher Jimmy Johnson. Johnson was 4-3 with a 4.93 earned-run average in 28 appearances, one as a starter, with the high Class A St. Lucie Mets of the Florida State League.

In another move, the RiverHawks released outfielder Ian Church.

The Mets took Johnson out of Biola University with their 28th-round pick in the 2008 draft. The southpaw has averaged roughly a strikeout an inning as a professional. He has LS-1 status in the Northern League.

The RiverHawks have two other former New York farmhands on the roster – infielder Jake Eigsti and reliever Emary Frederick.

The RiverHawks are members of the Northern League, an eight-team independent professional baseball league in its 18th season. Advertising and ticket information is available by calling (815) 885-2255. Games are broadcast live on ESPN 1380 (WTJK-AM) and on ESPN1380.com. Fans can also visit the RiverHawks online at www.rockfordriverhawks.com.


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