Tobs sign top-tier outfielder from Denison

Updated May 19 2017

The Tobs add more depth to the outfield this season by signing a top-tier outfielder. Denison University will be sending junior outfielder Tanner Johnson to suit up for the Tobs this summer.

“Tanner has raw talent,” general manager Mike Bell said. “You really don’t see the talent that Tanner has in Division III.”

Johnson, a 6-foot-1 native from Jefferson, WI, had an outstanding season this year with the Big Red. Johnson hit .383 on the season and led the team in stolen bases (21), hits (57), doubles (17) and triples (3). Johnson also brought in 38 RBI’s along with two home runs.

“Tanner is an all-star,” head coach Aaron Lynch said. “He pretty much led Denison in hitting, hopefully he can bring the same energy to the Tobs.”

On the field, Johnson saw 96 chances and committed two errors which gave him a .979 fielding percentage.

The Wilson Tobs home opener for the 2017 season is Sunday, May 28th at 6 p.m.. The Tobs will be facing the Fuquay-Varina Twins. Season tickets, ticket packages and single-game tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at or by calling, (252) 291-8627.

The Wilson Tobs enter their 21st season as an original member within the Coastal Plain League for the 2017 Summer. The upcoming season for the Tobs will see an expanded community outreach effort, increased participation in helping the less fortunate and more exciting entertainment for the Wilson Community. We would like to dedicate each successful season to the Wilson Community, Coastal Plain League Organization, Host Families, Sponsors Partners and the Dedicated Fans throughout the city of Wilson. The Wilson Tobs have played host to over 100 alumni taken in the draft and have produced a dozen players who have gone on to play in the MLB, including Cy Young & MVP winner Justin Verlander. For more information on the Wilson Tobs, visit our website

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Eric Evans II