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Jim Johnson | Relief Pitcher | #53

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (33) / 6/27/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 250
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2001 / Rd. 5 (0) / BAL
Contract: view contract details
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Jim Johnson earned a win with a scoreless top of the ninth inning Monday versus the Padres.
Johnson allowed a single but also recorded a strikeout in his 12-pitch frame and the Braves won it on a walkoff RBI single from Dansby Swanson in the bottom of the ninth. Johnson stands 2-0 on the season and he also has three saves. Apr 17 - 10:33 PM

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Jim Johnson tossed a scoreless ninth inning Friday against the Padres for his second save of the season.

Johnson struck out one batter in the frame and worked around a one-out single to Allen Cordoba. The 34-year-old blew his first save chance last Sunday, but he has converted each of his last two opportunities. Arodys Vizcaino looms as an alternative for the closer role, but Johnson should have a long leash after his excellent second half last year.
Apr 14 - 11:56 PM

Jim Johnson pitched a clean ninth inning to snare his first save of the season on Wednesday versus the Marlins.

Johnson is the undisputed closer in Atlanta, but it is hard to earn saves if your team can't win games. Johnson actually blew his first save chance of the season on Sunday against the Pirates. He has allowed one run with four strikeouts through four innings. The veteran has 155 career saves and will likely remain the Braves' closer until the trade deadline in late July.
Apr 12 - 11:59 PM

Jim Johnson suffered his first blown save of the season on Sunday, allowing a run on a hit and two walks in an inning of work against the Pirates.

The veteran right-hander wasn't crisp in his first save chance of the 2017 season, allowing a leadoff single and a pair of walks before Francisco Cervelli delivered the tying run with a fielder's choice. His role is secure, for now, but he'll need to avoid any major blowups in his next few outings.
Apr 9 - 5:03 PM

Jim Johnson turned in scoreless 11th and 12th innings to pick up a win against the Mets on Wednesday.

Johnson struck out three. He's coming off a strong second half and a fine spring, so his closing gig is looking pretty secure at the moment.
Apr 5 - 11:14 PM

Jim Johnson worked a scoreless inning for the fourth time in four spring appearances Friday against the Mets.

Ideally, Arodys Vizcaino will be the Braves' best reliever. Still, the closer's role will belong to Johnson for as long as he can get the job done. He had a 2.14 ERA and 18 saves after the All-Star break last year.
Mar 10 - 4:16 PM

SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports that Jim Johnson's two-year contract extension with the Braves is worth $10 million.

Cotillo says that deal also includes performance bonuses for games finished. Johnson, 33, made just $2.5 million this season but earned a raise after posting a 3.11 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and career-best 9.3 K/9 rate. Barring an offseason addition, he should enter 2017 as the Braves' closer.
Sun, Oct 16, 2016 08:14:00 AM

Braves signed RHP Jim Johnson to a two-year contract extension through 2018.

The financials of the deal aren't available at this time. Johnson has been terrific for the Braves this season, boasting a 3.11 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and career-best 9.3 K/9 rate. As it stands right now, he should continue to handle closing duties in 2017 as the Braves break in their new stadium.
Sun, Oct 2, 2016 01:40:00 PM

Jim Johnson allowed a run on two hits but finished off the Tigers on Saturday to earn his 19th save.

Johnson gave up a one-out double and surrendered an RBI single with two outs, but he got pinch-hitter Victor Martinez to ground out to end the game. It hasn't always been pretty, but Johnson now has 19 saves to go with a 3.11 ERA in 64 appearances. The 33-year-old surely has done enough to earn him some interest on the open market this offseason.
Sat, Oct 1, 2016 11:17:00 PM

Jim Johnson had a 1-2-3 inning to record his 18th save of the season Tuesday versus the Phillies.

The Braves erased a 6-0 deficit in this one, completing the comeback following a rain delay with two runs in the bottom of the eighth. Johnson then closed things out with ease. The veteran reliever could be helping out a contender right now, but at least he gets to improve his resume as he enters free agency. Johnson boasts a 2.92 ERA and is striking out over a batter per inning for the first time in his career.
Wed, Sep 28, 2016 12:57:00 AM

Jim Johnson earned the save in a 4-3 victory over the Mets on Wednesday but needed an outfielder to leap over the wall and pull back a home run to avoid a loss.

Johnson allowed a leadoff single to Brandon Nimmo before striking out Jay Bruce. He then walked Travis d'Arnaud to put the winning run aboard. Johnson got Asdrubal Cabrera to fly out to bring Yoenis Cespedes to the plate. Cespedes launched a deep drive to right-center field but Ender Inciarte scaled the wall to prevent the home run and end the game. Johnson now has 17 saves and a 2.97 ERA in 60 2/3 innings.
Wed, Sep 21, 2016 11:58:00 PM

Jim Johnson pitched around a two-out single to record his 16th save of the season in Tuesday's win over the Mets.

Johnson yielded a two-out single to Asdrubal Cabrera to bring Yoenis Cespedes to the plate as the winning run, but he got the slugger swinging at a two-strike curveball to end it. The veteran reliever has had a nice bounce-back season with a 3.02 ERA and 62/19 K/BB ratio over 59 2/3 frames.
Tue, Sep 20, 2016 11:34:00 PM

Jim Johnson notched his 15th save of the season in Sunday's 2-0 win over the Phillies, striking out the side in a scoreless ninth.

It wasn't that long ago that Johnson seemed close to fading into obscurity completely due to ineffectiveness, but he has found himself with the Braves over the last two seasons. With Sunday's smooth-sailin' outing in the books, the veteran right-hander is now 15-for-18 in save opportunities and sports a 3.08 ERA and 56/18 K/BB ratio over 52 2/3 innings.
Sun, Sep 4, 2016 05:18:00 PM

Jim Johnson kept the Giants off the bases in a clean ninth inning to snare his 13th save of the season on Saturday.

He induced three consecutive groundouts to close out the game without any drama. Johnson has been a steady presence in the back of the Atlanta bullpen. He has 49 strikeouts and 18 walks in 49 1/3 innings. Johnson took over the closer's role when Arodys Vizcaino got hurt and didn't give it back when Vizcaino returned.
Sun, Aug 28, 2016 12:43:00 AM

The Braves will stay with Jim Johnson at closer while they ease Arodys Vizcaino into action.

Vizcaino is back after missing a month with a strained oblique but the Braves will wait before reinserting him into the closer role. The Braves also plan to keep Mauricio Cabrera in the eighth inning, at least for now. Vizcaino should eventually regain the closer job but Johnson's window of fantasy relevance hasn't quite closed yet.
Thu, Aug 18, 2016 05:32:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Tyler Flowers
2Kurt Suzuki
3Anthony Recker
1B1Freddie Freeman
2B1Brandon Phillips
2Jace Peterson
3Sean Rodriguez
4Micah Johnson
SS1Dansby Swanson
2Chase d'Arnaud
3B1Adonis Garcia
LF1Matt Kemp
CF1Ender Inciarte
2Emilio Bonifacio
RF1Nick Markakis
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Julio Teheran
2Bartolo Colon
3Jaime Garcia
4R.A. Dickey
5Michael Foltynewicz
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jim Johnson
2Arodys Vizcaino
3Mauricio Cabrera
4Ian Krol
5Jose Ramirez
6Daniel Winkler
7Josh Collmenter
8Chaz Roe
9Eric O'Flaherty
10Aaron Blair
11Armando Rivero
12Jacob Lindgren