High school and college career. Johnson attended high school at Forest High School in Ocala, Florida. In his senior year, he committed to playing college baseball at Florida State University and was considered to be "clearly the most dominant pitcher" in his region. Outfielder Chad Hermansen knows he is running out of time to make an impact with the Pittsburgh Pirates. "This is it," Hermansen said Monday after arriving at spring training. "Everyone knows this ...

Hermansen entered pro ball in 1995, a first-round pick out of high school in Henderson, Nevada. A shortstop in high school, he was the 10th overall pick in the draft class, exciting scouts with his excellent athletic ability, as well as his raw power and speed. He made quick progress, reaching Double-A as a 19-year old in 1997. They were pitcher Kris Benson 8th, outfielder Chad Hermansen 21st, outfielder Jose Guillen 24th, third baseman Aramis Ramirez 26th and first baseman Ron Wright 48th. That could have been the makings of a power-packed lineup but it never happened. The Pirates traded Ramirez, the best of the bunch, when they fell into severe financial problems in ...