Johnson and Sulser Taken in 2013 MLB Draft
HANOVER, N.H. — A day after Dartmouth junior left-hander Mitch Horacek was taken in the ninth round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Baltimore Orioles, Big Green pitchers Michael Johnson and Cole Sulser also had their names called. The Los Angeles Dodgers selected the southpaw Johnson in the 14th round with the 424th overall pick, while the right-hander Sulser was chosen in the 25th round by the Cleveland Indians with the 741st pick, giving Dartmouth three selections in a single draft for the first time.
Johnson, a 6-0, 180-pound senior from Georgetown, Mass., was a first-team All-Ivy starting pitcher as he posted a perfect 7-0 record this spring with a 1.82 ERA to rank 34th in the nation and lead the Dartmouth staff that posted an Ivy League-best 2.75 ERA (15th-best in Division I). The left-hander struck out 47 batters over 59.1 innings while walking just 13 and holding the opposition to a .208 batting average. Johnson also ranked among the top 50 in the country in both WHIP (0.94, 21st) and fewest hits allowed per nine innings (6.52, 42nd). The Big Green won eight of his nine starts and tossed at least seven scoreless innings in three shutout victories. Against North Dakota State on March 18, he struck out a career-high 12 batters over seven innings in a 6-0 win.
For his career, Johnson recorded the second-best winning percentage in Dartmouth history (.882) with a 15-2 record while winning each of his last 10 decisions. In 37 appearances and 26 starts, he hurled 162.0 innings with 113 strikeouts and a 3.67 ERA.
Sulser earned All-Ivy honorable mention, his third all-conference honor, after missing the 2012 season following Tommy John surgery. The 6-1, 185-pound, fifth-year senior rebounded to put up a 5-3 record with a 2.52 ERA over 53.2 innings, striking out a team-high 56 batters — third in the conference — while walking just 14. A native of Santa Ysabel, Calif., Sulser finished his career with the second-most victories in Dartmouth history with a 20-6 record (also the school’s fourth-best winning percentage at .769) behind only Mike Remlinger ’88 who won 22 contests and went on to a 14-year major league career. In 204.1 innings, Sulser posted a 4.18 ERA with 202 strikeouts and a mere 39 walks while holding the opposition to a 2.64 batting average.
Dartmouth has had 31 players and a total of 36 slections in an MLB Draft, with at least one being chosen in each of the past six years.