The impressive 130 pitch effort while fighting strep throat against North Carolina State last week in the College World Series is the last effort Tar Heels fans have seen of Hobbs Johnson as a North Carolina Tar Heel.
Johnson signed a contract with the Milwaukee Brewers this week and will report to their rookie minor league affiliate, the Helena Brewers.
He was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in 14th round of this year’s MLB Draft. He is an alumni of Rocky Mount High School and now an official alumni of the University of North Carolina.
It appears despite his great efforts in his time in Chapel Hill, the 8 and 1/3 shutout innings against the Wolfpack last week in Omaha will be the one that he will be remembered for the most after defeating NC State’s ace, Carlos Rodon.
“He was throwing 85 to 88 (mph) with us, and now he’s throwing 92 pretty consistently,” Kent Cox (former high school coach) said. “That’s a testament to his work ethic.”
After rejecting offers last season to get one more year under his belt and to put him one year closer to getting his college degree, Hobbs decided he was ready to move on! Johnson will finish out the 2013 season in Helena and will then report to Spring Training in 2014 with the rest of the Brewers players and personnel.