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Erik Johnson | Starting Pitcher | #45

Team: Chicago White Sox
Age / DOB:  (26) / 12/30/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: California
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 2 (0) / CWS
Contract: view contract details

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White Sox optioned RHP Erik Johnson to Triple-A Charlotte.
Johnson was with the club as an extra bullpen arm this week, but he'll make way for Miguel Gonzalez who is coming up for a spot start on Monday. Johnson will return to the rotation at Triple-A where he owns a 4.22 ERA and 12/3 K/BB ratio through his first 10 2/3 frames. Apr 24 - 8:47 PM

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White Sox recalled RHP Erik Johnson from Triple-A Charlotte.

He'll take J.B. Shuck's place on the roster and give Chicago a fresh arm out of the bullpen. The 26-year-old had a 4.22 ERA and 12/3 K/BB ratio in 10 2/3 innings over his first two starts in Triple-A this year.
Apr 19 - 12:51 PM

White Sox optioned RHP Erik Johnson to Triple-A Charlotte.

Johnson allowed nine earned runs in six innings (two appearances) this spring in the Cactus League. He owns a rough 4.17 career ERA and 1.55 career WHIP at the major league level, but the White Sox are probably going to have to rely on the 26-year-old right-hander for spot starts in 2016.
Mar 21 - 12:34 PM

Erik Johnson was hit hard Saturday, giving up five runs on seven hits over three innings against the Cubs.

Johnson allowed three extra-base hits, including a home run, on the day. He now owns a 13.50 ERA this spring, and while his chances of breaking camp with the club were slim to begin with, it's almost a certainty that he'll start the year at Triple-A given his pitching thus far.
Mar 12 - 6:30 PM

Erik Johnson was touched up for four runs across three innings in Monday's win over the Angels.

Johnson served up a two-run shot to Mike Trout in the third inning and also walked a pair of batters without recording a strikeout. It was a forgettable performance for a young right-hander who is likely to begin the season back in the minors after the White Sox signed Mat Latos.
Mar 7 - 6:30 PM

White Sox GM Rick Hahn indicated that Erik Johnson's a front-runner to be part of the White Sox rotation in 2016.

Said Hahn, "So if Opening Day were today, then I think Johnson is penciled in to that spot in the rotation right now. In all probability, once we get closer to spring, there will be some competition for him to earn that spot." The spot in question is the one vacated by free agent starter Jeff Samardzija. Chris Sale, Jose Quintana, Carlos Rodon and John Danks are already slotted into the rotation. Johnson, 25, made six starts for the White Sox in 2015 and held a 3.34 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 30/17 K/BB ratio across 35 innings.
Wed, Nov 25, 2015 05:14:00 PM

Erik Johnson was sharp in earning a no-decision against the Tigers on Saturday, surrendering two runs on five hits over 6 1/3 innings.

Johnson struck out four and walked three over his 6 1/3 innings of work. He made just one mistake in the ballgame, as Miguel Cabrera socked a two-run homer in the sixth inning to account for all the scoring on his pitching line. With this one in the books, the 25-year-old right-hander finishes out the 2015 season with a 3.34 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 30/17 K/BB ratio across 35 innings. With just six starts this season (and five in each of the last two seasons), Johnson's yet to see an extended rotational run. Maybe 2016 will prove different.
Sat, Oct 3, 2015 10:36:00 PM

Erik Johnson labored through 5 2/3 innings Sunday against the Yankees, allowing three runs -- two earned -- in a loss.

Johnson allowed seven hits, walked four and hit a batter, needing 121 pitches even without completing the sixth inning. But, despite the shaky performance, Johnson was able to limit the damage for the most part and still hasn't allowed more than three runs in any of his five outings. His last outing of the season will come next weekend against the Tigers.
Sun, Sep 27, 2015 04:44:00 PM

Erik Johnson picked up the win on Monday after limiting the Tigers to two runs over six innings in the back end of a doubleheader.

Both runs came in the third inning on an Alex Avila solo home run and an Ian Kinsler sacrifice fly. Overall, he gave up five hits and a pair of walks while striking out nine, matching a career-high. The right-hander, in four starts, has a 3.52 ERA with a 1.30 WHIP and a 21/10 K/BB ratio over 23 frames. Johnson will look to keep his 3-0 record pristine when he takes on the Yankees in a road start next.
Mon, Sep 21, 2015 10:16:00 PM

Erik Johnson won Wednesday after allowing three runs in six innings versus the A's.

The White Sox were projecting Johnson as a middle-of-the-rotation guy before his wretched 2014 campaign erased all expectations. He's back looking like a capable enough fourth or fifth starter now, though it's still hard to get excited about him for fantasy purposes. He has a 3.71 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP in his three starts.
Wed, Sep 16, 2015 11:21:00 PM

Erik Johnson was handed a no-decision Friday after allowing one run over five innings against the Twins.

Johnson struggled with his control, walking five batters while throwing just 62 out of 113 pitches for strikes. Still, he struck out six batters and the only damage was a solo homer from Trevor Plouffe in the fourth inning. He left in line for the win before the Twins tied the game in the sixth inning. Johnson should continue to get chances down the stretch, but he's not a recommended streamer in mixed fantasy leagues.
Sat, Sep 12, 2015 12:23:00 AM

Erik Johnson put together a quality start in Sunday's win over the Royals, allowing three runs on five hits over six innings.

Johnson struck out three without walking a batter. The Royals levied three solo homers against him, but they couldn't get the job done when the ball stayed in the ballpark. The 25-year-old right-hander held a 2.37 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 136/41 K/BB ratio over 132 2/3 innings while pitching for Triple-A Charlotte prior to being called up on September 1. Those in deeper AL-only formats could do worse for a September flier.
Sun, Sep 6, 2015 05:38:00 PM

Erik Johnson will start Sunday in Kansas City.

Chris Sale will be pushed back to Monday. Johnson has registered a stellar 2.37 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 136/41 K/BB ratio across 132 2/3 innings this season at Triple-A Charlotte and is worth another look in deeper mixed fantasy leagues. The right-hander struggled in five starts with the White Sox in 2014.
Thu, Sep 3, 2015 11:45:00 AM

White Sox recalled RHP Erik Johnson from Triple-A Charlotte.

Johnson saw major league starts in 2013 and 2014, but he's pitched at Triple-A Charlotte for the whole of 2015. His numbers at the level have been stellar, including a 2.37 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 136/41 K/BB ratio in 132 2/3 innings. The 25-year-old right-hander could represent an intriguing flier for deeper AL-only formats.
Tue, Sep 1, 2015 03:11:00 PM

White Sox pitching prospect Erik Johnson held Pawtucket to four hits over eight shutout innings Sunday in a win for Triple-A Charlotte.

After slumping in May, Johnson has been remarkable over his last four starts. In that span, he's compiled a 0.96 ERA with 32 strikeouts and only four walks. The right-hander leads the International League with 88 strikeouts in 78 innings. It's going to be hard for the White Sox to justify keeping Johnson in Triple-A if he keeps pitching like this.
Mon, Jun 22, 2015 03:42:00 PM

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