Kel Johnson
OF/1B

Kel Johnson

#25

OF/1B

Year Senior
B/T R/R
Height 6-4
Weight 196
Hometown Palmetto, Ga.
Last School Home Schooled
Kel Johnson

Biography

2018 Senior CLASS Award candidate
2017-18 ACC Academic Honor Roll
2017 All-ACC Academic Team
2016-17 ACC Academic Honor Roll
2017 NCBWA Preseason All-American – Second Team
2017 Collegiate Baseball Preseason All-American – Third Team
2017 Perfect Game Preseason ACC All-Conference
2016 ACC First Team All-Conference
2016 All-ACC Academic Team
2015-16 ACC Academic Honor Roll
2015 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American
2015 D1Baseball Freshman All-American – Second Team
2015 ACC All-Freshman Team
2015 All-ACC Academic Team
2014-15 ACC Academic Honor Roll

Career: Played in 164 games, starting 159 over four years on The Flats … Suited up for the Jackets in right field, at first base and at designated hitter … Hit. 295 with 33 home runs, three triples, 36 doubles, 136 RBIs and 110 runs scored … Posted a .519 slugging percentage and a .359 on-base percentage for his career … Recorded 327 total bases and was a perfect 2-for-2 in stolen bases … One of 12 players in Georgia Tech history to hit three home runs in a single game – at Georgia Southern on Feb. 21, 2017 … Tallied 51 multi-hit games and 31 multi-RBI games … Registered a career-high 22-game hitting streak making him one of only 10 players to have a hitting streak 22-games or higher in Tech history … Posted a .976 career fielding percentage … Hit a walk-off two-run home run in the bottom of the 12th to defeat North Carolina 4-2 on March 18, 2017 … Also had a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to defeat Western Carolina 5-4 on March 4, 2016 … A four-time academic honor roll member and a three-time all-ACC academic team selection.

2018 (Senior): A 2018 Senior CLASS Award candidate … Awarded the Weaver-James-Corrigan Award, a postgraduate scholarship from the Atlantic Coast Conference … Missed most of the season due to a shoulder injury … Played in 14 games, starting 10 as the designated hitter … Hit .263 with two home runs and eight RBIs in limited action … Also scored seven runs on the season … Posted a .421 slugging percentage and a .349 on-base percentage … Went 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs in the game one doubleheader win over Dartmouth (Feb. 24) … Also had two base hits and an RBI in the Friday night win over Dartmouth (Feb. 23) … Went 1-for-1 with a pinch-hit home run in the win over Virginia Tech (March 16) … Also had an RBI in the win versus Minnesota (Feb. 16), against Illinois-Chicago (March 3), at Georgia State (March 7), and on the road at No. 6 Clemson (March 9) … Drew four walks in the road win at Georgia State (March 7) … Also posted a base hit versus UConn (Feb. 18), at Georgia Southern (Feb. 20), against UIC twice (March 3 & 4) and at No. 6 Clemson (March 10).

2017 (Junior): Played in and started 49 games for the Jackets, before missing the last six games due to a shoulder injury … Split time at designated hitter and first base … Hit .269 with 10 home runs and 11 doubles … Was third on the team with 10 home runs … Drove in 40 RBIs, which was second on the team … Totaled 52 hits and scored 31 runs on the year … Posted a .482 slugging percentage and a .345 on-base percentage for the season … Hit four home runs and drove in 14 RBIs in ACC play … Posted 13 multi-hit games and was tied for the team lead with 10 multi-RBI games on the season … Recorded a season-high nine-game hitting streak and also posted a season-high on-base streak of 23 straight games … Had a career day with three home runs in the win at Georgia Southern (Feb. 21) … Posted an extra-inning two-run walk-off home run in the 12th-inning to defeat No. 9 North Carolina (Mar. 18) … Hit a total of five home runs over the first four games … Went 1-for-3 with a home run, a sacrifice fly and three RBIs in the season-opening win over BYU (Feb. 17) … Hit a solo home run in the win over Marshall (Feb. 18) and went 2-for-4 with a walk and two RBIs in the win over Western Michigan (Feb. 19) on opening-weekend … Was 3-for-5 with three home runs and four RBIs at Georgia Southern (Feb. 21) … Drove in three RBIs in the three-game home series versus Youngstown State (Feb. 24-26) .. Was 2-for-5 with a home run, a double and five RBIs in the home win over Georgia State (Feb. 28) … Went a combined 4-for-14 with a double, a walk, two RBIs and a run scored in the three-game series against Belmont (Mar. 3-5) … Drove in the game-winning runs with a 12th-inning two-run walk-off home run in the extra-innings win over No. 9 North Carolina (Mar. 18) … Went 5-for-8 with a home run, two doubles, a walk, two RBIs and four runs scored over the final two games of the three-game series at Wake Forest (Mar. 25 & 26) … Hit safely in all three games versus No. 5 Clemson, including a home run in the win in game two versus the Tigers (April 1) … Was 2-for-5 with two doubles, two RBIs and a run scored in the road win at No. 7 Auburn (April 4) … Went 2-for-4 at the plate with an RBI in the series-opener at Notre Dame (April 7) … Was 2-for-4 with two RBIs in the home win over Mercer (April 18) … Went a combined 4-for-13 with a double, two walks, two RBIs and three runs scored in the three-game series win at Virginia Tech (April 21-22) … Was 3-for-7 with two doubles, a walk and an RBI in the doubleheader at UIC (April 28) … Hit a home run, drove in two RBIs and scored two runs in the series-opening win over Pitt (May 6) … Was 2-for-5 with an RBI double and run scored in the contest versus Georgia at SunTrust Park (May 9) … Named to the 2017 all-ACC academic team.

2016 (Sophomore): Started 61 games for the Yellow Jackets, making 41 starts in the outfield and 20 as the designated hitter … Finished fourth on the team with a .319 average with 16 doubles, two triples, 11 home runs and 54 RBIs … Tied with Matt Gonzalez for the team lead in homers and RBIs … One of three Tech players named first-team all-ACC … Only three of his 11 home runs were hit away from Russ Chandler Stadium … Amassed 21 multi-hit games, tied for fourth on the team … 12 multi-RBI games which was tied for second on the team … Went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs in the win over Western Michigan on Feb. 20 … Recorded a 22-game hitting streak, tied for the eighth-longest hitting streak in school history … Also led the team with a 24-game reached base safely streak … Streak started on Feb. 27 vs. UMBC, going 1-for-4 with an RBI double … Went 4-for-5 vs. Western Carolina on March 4, including a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth … Drove in three runs with a homer the following day against Western Carolina … Went 3-for-4 with a home run and a career-high five RBIs vs. Virginia Tech on March 20 … Registered a triple on March 22 at Kennesaw State … Pounded out three hits in the Sunday series finale win at No. 3 North Carolina on March 26 … Hit a home run in four straight games — at North Carolina (March 26), Georgia Southern (March 30), Duke (April 1) and Duke (April 2) … Four of his final seven hits of his hitting streak were home runs … His 22-game hitting streak ended with an 0-for-4 outing in the road win at Mercer on April 5 … Hit a two-run home run on April 6 vs. Kennesaw State … Tied a career high with five RBIs against NC State on April 17 … Posted five straight multi-hit games from April 17-23 … Went 3-for-5 vs. Mercer on April 19 … Drove in two runs on three hits at Clemson on April 23 … Went 2-for-4 with two doubles vs. Coastal Carolina on April 29 … Went 6-for-12 with a home run and three RBIs in the ACC series vs. Miami … Started the month of May with an 11-game hit streak … Went 2-for-5 with an RBI single vs. UConn on June 5 … Closed the season with a 3-for-4 showing at Florida on June 5 … Named to the all-ACC academic team.

2015 (Freshman): A freshman all-America selection by both Louisville Slugger and D1Baseball.com … Also a freshman all-ACC pick … Competed in the TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby in July 2015 and reached the semifinals after belting a Home Run Derby record 17 homers in the first round … Hit .298 for the season (.314 in ACC play) with nine doubles, a triple and 10 homers — which led all ACC freshmen … Was off to a red-hot start and among the ACC leaders with a .379 average (.467 in ACC play) before suffering an ankle injury on March 21 vs. North Carolina that caused him to miss 13 games … Slugged .570 for the year, which was second on the club … Drove in 34 runs and scored 24 … Accounted for five of Tech’s game-winning RBIs and scored three game-winning runs … Pounded out four hits as the cleanup hitter, including a double and a home run, and finished with three RBIs and two runs scored in his first collegiate game on opening day against St. John’s … Continued his red-hot hitting through the rest of opening weekend, going 8-for-14 with five RBIs, four runs, three doubles and two home runs … Earned ACC Player of the Week honors following opening weekend, becoming the first freshman to win ACC Player of the Week honors on opening weekend since Mike McGee of Florida State in 2008 … Walloped his first career grand slam off the scoreboard in left field at Georgia Southern to flip a 4-1 seventh-inning deficit into a 5-4 advantage in Tech’s 7-4 victory … Was Tech’s first freshman to hit a grand slam since March 7, 2009, when Matt Simonds accomplished the feat against Maryland … Stretched his hitting streak to seven games at the Baseball at the Beach weekend with four hits, four RBIs, a double and a home run … Picked up his second game-winning RBI in as many games by drawing a bases-loaded full-count walk to give Tech a 10-9 lead in the ninth against Florida International … Caught fire against Notre Dame, going 7-for-12 in three games, including four RBIs, a double, a triple and a home run … Recorded multiple hits in each game against the Irish … Cleared the bases in the eighth with a three-run triple to seal an 11-7 win over ND on March 7 … Blasted his sixth home run of the season to give Tech a 2-1 lead against Georgia Southern on March 10 and added a double with three walks … Scored a career-best three runs vs. the Eagles … Delivered the game-tying RBI single with two outs and two strikes in the ninth inning of Tech’s 7-6 victory over Kennesaw State on March 17 … Hit .500 (5-for-10) in the series against North Carolina before suffering an ankle injury in the finale and missing 13 games (nine ACC contests) … Returned to action as a pinch hitter on Friday, April 17, at Boston College, but was hampered by injury for the remainder of the year … Recorded his first career multi-home run game in a 10-2 win against Presbyterian on May 3 … Drew a game-tying bases-loaded walk in the ninth inning of 9-7 win over Mercer on May 6 … Went 5-for-9 with four RBIs and four runs scored in the series win over Pittsburgh … Named to the all-ACC academic team.

Before Tech: Five-year player for the Home Plate Citadels, a home-school team, coached by Esteban Maldanado … Served as the team captain in both his junior and senior seasons … Selected to the Team USA U17 roster in 2013 and won a gold medal after defeating Japan in the championship game in Taiwan … Played summer seasons at East Cobb Baseball and won a total of seven national championships … Named the East Cobb Baseball 17U MVP and Offensive Player of the Year for the East Cobb Astros twice … Holds the East Cobb 16U single-season record for home runs with 24 … Recognized as a 2014 Perfect Game all-American … Lists his favorite baseball memory as hitting in the 2013 Youth Select Home Run Derby where he hit 11 home runs in front of 50,000 fans at the New York Mets’ Citi Field … Maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout his high school career … Chose Georgia Tech for its proximity to home, the combination of baseball and academics, and because he has always been a huge Georgia Tech fan.

Personal: Full name is Jeremiah Kel Johnson, but goes by Kel … Born July 8, 1995 in Palmetto, Ga. … Son of Lee and Rhonda Johnson … Has an older brother, Jason, and a younger sister, Summer … Uncle, Eddy Taylor, played college baseball and aunt, Leah Taylor, was an all-American softball player at Kennesaw State … Grandfather, Darrell Crawford, graduated from Georgia Tech with an engineering degree … Spends free time hunting and fishing … Majoring in biology/pre-med.