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Kris Johnson | Relief Pitcher

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (29) / 10/14/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 205
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Kris Johnson retired five of the six batters he faced in relief versus the Pirates on Friday.
Johnson looked like a deep sleeper for 2014 when the Twins acquired him from the Pirates in November. Then the Twins went and signed Ricky Nolasco, Phil Hughes and Mike Pelfrey, effectively removing Johnson from the rotation picture. He is an option in the bullpen, but he'll probably head to Triple-A. Mar 7 - 5:08 PM

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Twins acquired LHP Kris Johnson from the Pirates in exchange for RHP Duke Welker.

Johnson struggled this year in his debut at the major league level, but the 29-year-old left-hander posted a promising 2.39 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 94/43 K/BB ratio across 135 2/3 innings at Triple-A. He will serve as a starter in the Twins' minor league system.
Tue, Nov 19, 2013 05:09:00 PM

Kris Johnson's return to a big league mound on Sunday was a disaster, as he allowed five runs on seven hits over two innings in a loss to the Cardinals.

Recalled earlier in the day, Johnson is now 0-2 with a 7.88 ERA in eight innings over two big league starts. The left-hander registered a 2.39 ERA and 94/43 K/BB ratio over 135 2/3 innings this season at Triple-A, but he has been a different pitcher under the bright lights. Johnson is expected to slide into a long relief role.
Sun, Sep 1, 2013 05:29:00 PM

Pirates recalled LHP Kris Johnson from Triple-A Indianapolis.

He'll get the ball on Sunday as the Pirates try to complete a sweep of the Cardinals. Johnson holds a 2.39 ERA and 94/43 K/BB ratio over 135 2/3 innings this season at Triple-A but would be risky from a fantasy perspective. He's expected to slide into a long relief role following Sunday's outing.
Sun, Sep 1, 2013 10:17:00 AM

The Pirates will call up Kris Johnson to start Sunday against the Cardinals.

This confirms previous speculation. Johnson owns a quality 2.39 ERA and 94/43 K/BB ratio over 135 2/3 innings this season in Triple-A, but he'll have a tough matchup against St. Louis. Most fantasy owners can afford to pass on this one.
Fri, Aug 30, 2013 05:14:00 PM

Kris Johnson could be called up to start Sunday against the Cardinals.

Johnson has been scratched from his start Friday with Triple-A Indianapolis, which is an indication that the Pirates want him ready for Sunday. The 28-year-old left-hander made one appearances with the big club earlier this month and has a 2.39 ERA and 94/43 K/BB ratio over 135 2/3 innings this season in Triple-A. He would be a risky fantasy play against the Cardinals.
Fri, Aug 30, 2013 04:41:00 PM

Pirates optioned LHP Kris Johnson to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Johnson pitched six relief innings in Sunday's marathon loss to the D'Backs. Ryan Reid has replaced him on the roster.
Mon, Aug 19, 2013 09:37:00 PM

Pirates recalled LHP Kris Johnson from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Johnson was recalled to help out a taxed bullpen. He's made 25 appearances, including 20 starts, with Indianapolis this year, owning a 10-4 record and 2.41 ERA in 130 2/3 innings.
Sun, Aug 18, 2013 12:53:00 PM

Coming off a dominating performance in the Dominican Winter League, Kris Johnson has his sights set on earning a spot in the Pirates starting rotation this spring.

The 28-year-old lefty has never pitched at the major league level, but posted an eye-popping 0.91 ERA and 50/13 K/BB ratio over 59 1/3 innings for Dominican League champion Escogido. While a longshot to win a spot in the rotation outright, he could make the big league roster as a swing-man given his versatility.
Sat, Feb 16, 2013 05:27:00 PM

Pirates re-signed LHP Kris Johnson to a minor league contract.

Johnson, 28, posted a 4.53 ERA in 20 appearances (four starts) at the Pirates' Triple-A affiliate. The deal includes an invite to spring training.
Sun, Nov 18, 2012 10:50:00 PM

Pirates signed LHP Kris Johnson to a minor league contract.

Johnson was drafted in the supplemental first round of the 2006 MLB Amateur Draft but had almost no success at any level of the Red Sox organization. The left-hander has a 5.10 career minor league ERA. He's only 26 years old, so the Bucs will give him a shot to turn things around on the farm.
Thu, Dec 15, 2011 03:47:00 PM

Red Sox released LHP Kris Johnson.

Johnson was drafted in the supplemental first round of the 2006 MLB Amateur Draft but had almost no success at any level of the Red Sox organization. He's only 26 years old, so perhaps another club will come calling. The left-hander has a 5.10 career minor league ERA.
Tue, May 17, 2011 12:16:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Kurt Suzuki
2Josmil Pinto
1B1Joe Mauer
2B1Brian Dozier
SS1Pedro Florimon
2Eduardo Escobar
3B1Trevor Plouffe
LF1Josh Willingham
CF1Aaron Hicks
2Sam Fuld
RF1Oswaldo Arcia
DH1Jason Kubel
2Chris Colabello
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Ricky Nolasco
2Kevin Correia
3Phil Hughes
4Mike Pelfrey
5Kyle Gibson
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Glen Perkins
2Jared Burton
3Casey Fien
4Brian Duensing
5Anthony Swarzak
6Caleb Thielbar
7Samuel Deduno