Hall of Fame, class of 2015
Montréal selected Johnson out of USC in the 1985 draft, and immediately sent him to play for the New York-Penn League’s Jamestown Expos, where he struggled to find the strike zone. He found his handle in the Florida State League in ’86, where he held down a 3.16 ERA with the West Palm Beach Expos. In 1987, he pitched in the Southern League with the Jacksonville Expos, and stood tall as a rising prospect. He was promoted to Triple-A in ’88, dominating for the American Association’s Indianapolis Indians. The Big Unit was a September call-up that year, and went on to have one of the best careers a pitcher has ever had.
Minor league teams that Randy Johnson played for en route to the majors:
- Jamestown Expos (New York-Penn League)
- West Palm Beach Expos (Florida State League)
- Jacksonville Expos (Southern League)
- Indianapolis Indians (American Association)