Erik Johnson (johnser04)

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Erik Craig Johnson

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Pitcher Erik Johnson was drafted in the second round of the 2011 amateur draft by the Chicago White Sox. Scouted by Adam Virchis, he was signed for a reported $450,000 and made his pro debut that summer.

Johnson reached the major leagues with the White Sox at the end of the 2013 season, going 3-2, 3.25 in 5 starts. Following this promising start, he made the team's starting rotation out of spring training in 2014, but was sent down to the minors by the end of April after going 1-1, 6.46 in 5 starts. He did not return to the majors until the following September, in 2015, when he pitched quite well, as he was 3-1, 3.36 in 6 starts. In between, he had gone 5-7, 6.73 in 20 starts for the AAA Charlotte Knights in 2014, and 11-8, 2.37 in 23 games (22 starts) the following season. He was named the International League Pitcher of the Year that season.

Erik began the 2016 season with Charlotte, going 2-1, 2.94 in 8 starts. He also made a couple of one-off starts for the White Sox in May, losing both with an ERA of 6.94. With the White Sox again competitive in the AL West but concerned aboyt the back end of their starting rotation, they decided to trade for veteran starter James Shields, who was acquired from the San Diego Padres on June 4th. Johnson headed the other way, accompanied by 17-year-old infielder Fernando Tatis Jr.

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