Senior Diamond Dog positioned to see playing time in the outfield and on the mound after pitching in 10 games and taking the field in the outfield in 22 others • Among six Texas products on the team and one of 12 players seasoned with playing time in the junior college ranks • Junior college teammate of Bulldogs Jonathan Ogden and Michael Dixon at Blinn (Texas) College.
Dual-position performer with playing time in 31 games, 22 games as an outfielder, designated hitter or pinch hitter and 10 appearances as a pitcher • Compiled a .279 batting average and an 0-2 record with a save and a 13.85 earned run average in 13.0 innings of pitching • Made his MSU debut as a pinch runner against Rhode Island (Feb. 19), scoring the tying run in the ninth inning in State's season-opening 9-8 win • Singled in his first two at-bats a day later in his debut as a starter (left fielder) against Rhode Island (Feb. 20) • Set a season-high with two singles and a double in a 3-for-5 showing as the DH against Alcorn State (Apr. 20) • Also lashed two-baggers against Southeastern Louisiana (Feb. 28) and Western Kentucky (Mar. 10) • Made seven starts in left field but also started a game each in center and right and twice was the starting designated hitter • Saw playing time in seven SEC games, posting a .167 batting average with six at-bats • Made his MSU mound debut with a scoreless inning of relief against Mississippi Valley State (Mar. 17) • Drew his first career start in his next outing, a no-decision stint against Memphis (Mar. 24) • Tagged with the loss in his other start against Arkansas (Apr. 11) • Finished with a season-best four strikeouts in 2.2 innings of hitless shutout relief work on the road against eventual NCAA champ South Carolina (Apr. 4) • Earned his first career save with 1.1 innings of scoreless relief in State's 8-5 win over Northwestern State (May 12) • Appeared in six league games, finishing with an 0-1 record and a 13.50 ERA • Lone SEC start came against Arkansas (Apr. 11) • Among 14 Diamond Dogs earning berths on the 2010 SEC Academic Honor Roll.
Standout outfielder and pitcher and two-time all-conference selection at Blinn College in Brenham, Texas • Coached by Harvey McIntyre • One of three players to sign with Mississippi State following the 2009 campaign • Batted .379 with 61 hits, a team-best 61 runs scored, 14 doubles and 19 home runs and 51 RBI in 2009 • Ranked second on the team with an .801 slugging percentage • Drew a school-best 55 walks, reached 20 times as a hit batsman and led the Bucs with a .578 on-base percentage • Drew starts in all 54 of his games played as a sophomore • Also made seven mound appearances (four starts) and posted a 4-1 record with a 3.24 earned run average in 25.0 innings pitched • Sported a .977 fielding percentage with two errors in 88 defensive chances • Named to the All-Region XIV first team and earned honorable mention NJCAA All-America team honors • Also named to the 2008-09 NJCAA Academic All-American team • Accorded first-team Region XIV All-Region honors as a freshman • Hit .361 with a team-leading 15 doubles and 10 home runs in 2008 • Also took the hill for Blinn and compiled a 6-5 pitching mark • Spring 2009 MSU signee.
All-state dual position performer at Tyler's Robert E. Lee High School • Coached by Mike Pirtle • Led the Red Raiders with a .407 batting average, 32 RBI, five home runs and 16 stolen bases in as many attempts as a senior in 2007 • Also registered a sterling 12-1 pitching record with an 0.98 earned run average and 93 strikeouts as a senior • Honored as the District 12-5A MVP and All-East Texas Player of the Year • Second-team Texas High School Baseball Coaches' Association All-State selection as a pitcher and an all-star pick as an outfielder • Tabbed by the Texas Sportswriters Association as a second-team all-state outfielder and third-team all-state pitcher • 2007 Tyler Morning Telegraph Player of the Year • Also earned academic all-state honors • Member of the National Honor Society , the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the RELHS student senate • Played summer league baseball with the Dallas Tigers, coached by Linty Ingram and Tommy Hernandez • First-team all-tournament outfielder at the 2007 AABC Connie Mack World Series in Farmington, N.M.
Born Walter Lloyd Johnson III on March 16, 1989 in Tyler, Texas. • Son of Terri and Chip Johnson of Tyler, Texas • Majoring in biological sciences.