Comments on: Winter Leagues Recap: Johnson Throws Six Shutout Innings http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/12/winter-leagues-recap-johnson-throws-six-shutout-innings.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Tue, 18 Nov 2014 07:41:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 By: John Dreker http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/12/winter-leagues-recap-johnson-throws-six-shutout-innings.html#comment-23053 Wed, 19 Dec 2012 21:34:07 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=45070#comment-23053 One other thing about Johnson, his last regular season start at AAA in late August was 5.1 shutout innings. All he allowed was two singles. He next start was back in Altoona, where he allowed no earned runs in five innings. He did pitch for Indy in the playoffs and did not fare well, but that was on nine days rest and against a team that just lit up Gerrit Cole for nine runs in two innings.
So he basically pitched well despite the constant movement between teams and roles.

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By: John Dreker http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/12/winter-leagues-recap-johnson-throws-six-shutout-innings.html#comment-23052 Wed, 19 Dec 2012 21:11:05 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=45070#comment-23052 Not sure I’d put him back on the prospect map just yet, but what he is doing so far is very impressive. You figure in 2009, he was a 24 year old lefty, drafted 40th overall three years earlier, that spent(and struggled) the whole season at AAA. Three years later, he still hasn’t made the majors, but he is coming off a strong season at AA, with some AAA success mixed in. They say the peak seasons for players are the 28-32 range and he just turned 28, so maybe he found something.
The K rate is still low and he isn’t getting a ton of groundballs, but it is hard to argue with the success he has had so far. I guess we will see how much the improvements pay off by his placement next year. If he is a spot starter/reliever bouncing between Altoona and Indy, the stats mean very little.
If he makes the Indy roster out of Spring and stays there, he may not be just another organizational arm.The Pirates resigned him quickly, so at least that is another good sign. We will see. For now, it is worth watching(mostly because not much else is going on)

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By: Lee Young http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/12/winter-leagues-recap-johnson-throws-six-shutout-innings.html#comment-23051 Wed, 19 Dec 2012 20:32:59 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=45070#comment-23051 Who needs Kyle Kominska when we got Kris?

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