Josh Johnson is the Best Pitcher for the Miami Marlins.
Joshua Michael Johnson is a former professional baseball pitcher of Canadian descent. From 2005 through 2013, he played Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Florida/Miami Marlins and Toronto Blue Jays.
Johnson was a key member of the Marlins’ outstanding rookie class of 2006 and was a member of the big league’s first rotation to have four rookies with at least ten victories each.
However, his path to stardom took a detour a year later when he underwent surgery for a strained elbow; he fully recovered in 2009, posting a 15-5 record—but really took off in 2010, winning the National League ERA title with a 2.30 ERA and going 12 straight starts allowing three or fewer runs.
Johnson was promoted to Double-A Carolina in 2005 as a result of his achievements in the Single-A level. He was selected the Marlins’ Minor League Pitcher of the Year after leading Carolina to a 12–4 record, a 3.87 ERA, and an All-Southern League selection.
Johnson’s arsenal of pitches, highlighted by a fastball in the mid-90s (if not quicker), earned him a four-year, $39 million contract prior to 2010, a rare high-priced contract given by the team’s outlandishly low-budget owner Jeffrey Loria.
Johnson’s love affair with the Marlins ended in 2012 when he was traded to Toronto along with the majority of the team’s other high-priced players in a contentious move that slashed the team’s payroll by two-thirds.