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Dartmouth lefty Johnson is Dodgers' Round 14 pick

Dartmouth lefty Johnson is Dodgers' Round 14 pick

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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