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Posted at 10:16 AM on August 24, 2005 by David Zingler

Remember Adam Johnson? Back in 2000, the Twins made the right-handed starter the second overall pick in the amateur draft. Regarded as the teamís top prospect, Johnson made his debut in 2001 and looked promising. At spring training in 2002 however, he threw a tantrum after he learned he wouldnít be heading north with the team and things snowballed from there. By 2004, he had fallen so far that he cleared waivers when the Twins removed him from the 40 man roster. Last winter, he was released.

After a two inning stint with Arizona this past spring, the former Cal State-Fullerton start was again released and pitched in Mexico briefly before latching on with the San Diego Surf Dawgs of the independent Golden Baseball League where he was a teammate of Rickey Henderson. The 26-year-old went 8-1 with a 2.58 ERA and 78 strikeouts in 76 2/3 innings in San Diego. The strong showing caught the eye of the Oakland organization, who inked Johnson and to a minor league deal on August 17 and assigned him to their Triple A affiliate in Sacramento.

While itís always easy, and even a little a fun, to laugh at cocky athletes who seemingly waste their potential, hereís to hoping that Johnson is able to get back to the big leagues and carve out a solid career.

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