Friday, June 08, 2007

Leon Johnson slips away from Rays

Leon Johnson, the brother of former Biscuits second baseman Elliot Johnson, missed out on being a four-time Devil Rays draft pick today.

The Los Angeles Dodgers made sure of that, taking Leon with the third pick of the 10th round today.

The Rays picked Leon in 2003 (41st round), 2005 (45th) and 2006 (29th), but couldn't sign him. Leon played for Eastern Arizona College in 2004, was on a two-year Mormon mission to Russia in 2005 and 2006, and played his sophomore season at BYU this spring.

Johnson is known for his speed and has been timed at 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He hit .248 this spring and set a Mountain West Conference record with 29 steals. He was caught stealing eight times.

If Johnson turns down the Dodgers, he could make a run at the record for the most times being drafted. Pitcher Matt Harrington was picked five times -- in 2000 (Rockies, first round), 2001 (Padres, second), 2002 (Devil Rays, 13th), 2003 (Reds, 24th) and 2004 (Yankees, 36th).

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