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Dartmouth lefty Johnson is Dodgers' Round 14 pick

Dartmouth lefty Johnson is Dodgers' Round 14 pick

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Dartmouth lefty Johnson is Dodgers' Round 14 pick

The Dodgers dipped into the Ivy League with their 14th-round pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, selecting left-hander Michael Johnson from Dartmouth on Saturday.

As a senior, Johnson went 7-0 with a 1.82 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 59 1/3 innings. The southpaw held opponents to a .208 batting average in nine starts and led Dartmouth to its fourth straight appearance in the Ivy League championship game.

Johnson was 8-2 with a 4.73 ERA during his first three seasons at Dartmouth, striking out 66 in 102 2/3 innings. But he improved dramatically this season and was named to the All-Ivy League First Team.

"I focused a lot more on my legs and my flexibility," Johnson told the Boston Globe. "I felt, at times, my freshman and sophomore years, my flexibility inhibited me a bit from not getting through to my front side."

Johnson uses a fastball, slider and changeup. He's listed at 5-foot-11 and 185 pounds.

Austin Laymance is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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