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45 Erik Johnson SP
Height/Weight: 6-3/230 | Birthdate: 12/30/1989 | Birthplace: Mountain View, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Chicago | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 5/0 | Average Draft Position: 255.07
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White Sox haven't lost faith in Erik Johnson


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2014) White Sox starting pitcher Erik Johnson has had his struggles since being demoted to Triple-A Charlotte in late April. The right-hander is just 1-4 with a 6.54 ERA in 10 starts, while also walking 31 batters in 53 2/3 innings.

Despite a down year for the 2011 second-round draft pick, the White Sox haven't lost faith in the 24-year-old hurler.

"I'll point to Randy Johnson and Roger Clemens. Those guys didn't succeed right off the bat," White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper said, per MLB.com. "Not everybody grabs the brass ring the first time around the merry go round, and the rest is history. I remember when Jon Garland was here at 19 and everybody expected a lot more from him because he was a highly touted No. 1 guy.

"He wasn't able to give what everyone expected at 19. Sometimes you have to take lumps and hits to continue to evolve into the guy you are going to be, a solid major leaguer."


White Sox option Erik Johnson to Triple-A


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2014) The White Sox optioned pitcher Erik Johnson to Triple-A Charlotte after Saturday's loss to the Rays.

Johnson struggled in Friday's start, giving up four earned runs on four hits and four walks in just 1 2/3 innings. He has posted a 6.46 ERA over five starts while striking out 18 and walking 15 in 23 2/3 innings.


Erik Johnson blasted in no-decision


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2014) White Sox starting pitcher Erik Johnson couldn't even get out of the second inning Friday against the Rays, though the White Sox were able to a rally in a 9-6 win.

Johnson got out of the first inning without much trouble, and was even handed a lead in that frame. Unfortunately, that's where the good times ended for him, as he was charged with four runs on four hits and four walks in 1 2/3 innings of work.

Johnson ended up with a no-decision in spite of his disastrous start, and remains 1-1 with a 6.46 ERA on the season. His next outing is set for Wednesday against the Tigers. 


Erik Johnson collects win No. 1 on Sunday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2014) White Sox pitcher Erik Johnson turned in a decent outing and received more than enough run support on Sunday, collecting his first win of the season in his team's 16-2 victory over the Rangers. The right-hander surrendered two runs -- one earned -- on one hit and five walks while striking out two over five innings.

Johnson owns a 5.32 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP over his first 22 innings pitched. He will make his next start Friday at home against Tampa Bay.

Erik Johnson takes no-decision in first quality start


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2014) White Sox pitcher Erik Johnson ended snapped out of his early season slide Tuesday, in a 2-1 win over the Red Sox.

Johnson, who entered the game with a 9.58 ERA in his first two starts, allowed just one run in six-plus innings this time around. He was charged with just one run on a solo homer, while allowing three runs and two walks with nine strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings of work.

Despite tossing his first quality start of the season, Johnson had to settle for a no-decision in the 2-1 win. He will look to turn this into a positive trend in his next start, set for Sunday at Texas.


Erik Johnson surrenders four runs in no-decision Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2014) White Sox pitcher Erik Johnson gave up four earned runs on nine hits and one walk in 5 2/3 innings while striking out four Wednesday, but he didn't factor into the decision in his team's 10-4 loss to the Rockies.

Johnson pitched better Wednesday than in his first start, but he's still looking for his first quality start of the season. He owns a 9.58 ERA and 6:4 K:BB ratio going into Tuesday's start against the Red Sox at home.


Erik Johnson hit hard in losing debut


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/4/2014) White Sox starting pitcher Erik Johnson couldn't do anything right in his first start of the season Friday, a 7-5 loss to the Royals.

Johnson was tagged for seven runs in just four-plus innings of work, and he escaped just two of them without allowing any damage. He gave up 10 hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings, while striking out just two.

Johnson acquitted himself well in a brief cup of coffee last season, but didn't do much to show it was sustainable in his first outing. His next start is set for Wednesday in Colorado. 


White Sox set rotation order


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2014) White Sox manager Robin Ventura laid out his plans for the rotation Tuesday, with ace Chris Sale taking the hill for Monday's opener, ESPN.com reports.

Sale will be followed by Felipe Paulino, with Jose Quintana set to pitch the third game of the season. Erik Johnson will start the fourth game, and John Danks will serve as the team's No. 5 starter. "You are breaking up the lefties but also the righties in there," Ventura said Tuesday. "You feel solid with that. I think Johnny could be anywhere in there, right behind Chris. I feel good."


Erik Johnson turns in quality start vs. Mariners


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2014) White Sox pitcher Erik Johnson gave up three earned runs on four hits and three walks in six innings while striking out four in his team's 7-6 win over the Mariners Monday.

Johnson had been putting together a nice spring before imploding in his last outing, in which he gave up eight runs (seven earned) in four innings. Despite the rockiness, he's still expected to open the season in the major-league rotation.


Angels batter Erik Johnson for eight runs


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2014) Right-hander Erik Johnson has all but assured himself of a spot in the White Sox rotation, but he suffered through his first poor performance of the spring Wednesday.

Johnson was clobbered by the Angels for eight runs, including seven earned, in just four innings. He gave up eight hits, including a home run by Mike Trout in the fifth inning.

He is currently listed as the fourth starter for the Sox.


Erik Johnson Ks five vs. A's


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2014) White Sox pitcher Erik Johnson stayed sharp on Sunday, allowing one run on four hits and one walk while striking out five over four innings pitched against the A's in Cactus League play.

Johnson has allowed just two runs over seven innings pitched this spring. He is expected to open the season in the rotation.

Erik Johnson goes three innings in spring debut


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2014) White Sox pitcher Erik Johnson made his spring debut Tuesday, allowing one earned run on three hits and one walk in three innings while striking out two in his team's 5-4 loss to the Indians.

Johnson is expected to open the season in the rotation. He got his first taste of the majors last season, going 3-2 with a 3.25 ERA and 18:11 K:BB ratio in 27 2/3 innings over five starts.


Erik Johnson penciled into rotation spot


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/17/2014) The White Sox have hinted on multiple occasions this offseason they expect Erik Johnson to be part of the team's rotation in 2014. Well, pitching coach Don Cooper gave another strong signal Monday when he said the right-hander is "firmly" penciled into a rotation spot.

Buddy Bell: Erik Johnson could earn rotation spot


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/12/2014) White Sox rookie rght-hander Erik Johnson "has a very good chance of leaving spring training in the rotation," vice president of player personnel Buddy Bell told the MLB Network.

Johnson proved somewhat promising in five starts last season. He won three of five decisions with a 3.25 ERA, though he yielded five home runs among his 32 hits in 27 2/3 innings with just 18 strikeouts.


White Sox manager reveals projected five-man rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/29/2014) White Sox manager Robin Ventura gave his projected rotation plans for the 2014 season during an interview with MLB Network Radio Wednesday.

"Chris Sale, Jose Quintana, John Danks, Erik Johnson and Felipe Paulino. That's probably where you're at, but other guys will come in and compete," Ventura said.


Erik Johnson on track to be part of White Sox's rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/26/2014) White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper pretty much indicated Sunday rookie Erik Johnson will be part of the rotation in 2014, according to MLB.com. The highly touted pitching prospect got a taste of the majors late last season, going 3-2 with a 3.25 ERA and 1.55 WHIP in five starts.

Erik Johnson picks up third straight win


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2013) White Sox starting pitcher Erik Johnson finished the season on a high note as he collected his third consecutive victory Saturday night against the Royals. The right-hander permitted three runs on five hits and three walks while striking out four over 5 1/3 innings of a 6-5 victory.

Johnson allowed only five earned runs combined over his final three starts (18 innings). He finished the year 3-2 with a 3.25 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP over 27 2/3 innings of work.


Erik Johnson earns win with quality start


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2013) White Sox pitcher Erik Johnson turned in a quality start Sunday to secure a win in his team's 6-3 victory over the Tigers, giving up two earned runs on nine hits while striking out one and walking none in 6 2/3 innings.

Johnson has made four starts for the White Sox, losing his first two and winning his last two. He brings a 2.82 ERA, 1.57 WHIP and 14:8 K:BB ratio into Saturday's start against the Royals.


Erik Johnson earns first win


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2013) Chicago White Sox starter Erik Johnson took the mound Monday at home against the Twins looking for his first career win in his third start. After pitching a gem, he picked up his first major league victory.

Johnson (1-2) allowed just four hits and two walks over six shutout innings with eight strikeouts in the excellent performance. He threw 112 pitches and lowered his ERA to 2.87.

The 23-year-old has pitched well despite two losses to start his career. Chicago does not currently have another start for Johnson scheduled. If he does start again, it could come Sunday at Detroit.

Erik Johnson now 0-2 for career


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2013) White Sox young starter Erik Johnson took the mound for his second career start Tuesday at home against the Tigers. After two outings, Johnson is 0-2 on his career.

Johnson suffered the loss Tuesday but wasn't as sharp as his first outing for the White Sox. He was hit hard early and often as he gave up six runs -- two earned -- on seven hits and three walks over 3 2/3 innings. He certainly didn't get much help from his defense. He threw 96 pitches and struck out four on the performance. His ERA is 4.66.

Johnson, who lost his major league debut against the Yankees but allowed three earned runs over six frames, had an impressive season in the minors with a 1.96 ERA over 24 starts. He will make his third start for the White Sox Monday to open a series at home against Minnesota.

Erik Johnson takes loss in debut


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/4/2013) Making his major-league debut Wednesday, White Sox pitcher Erik Johnson was saddled with the loss as his team fell to the Yankees, 6-5. Johnson allowed five runs (three earned) on seven hits and three walks while striking out one in six innings.

Johnson put together an impressive run in the minors this season, going 12-3 with a 1.96 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 131:40 K:BB ratio in 142 innings between Double-A and Triple-A. He'll look for his first major-league win Tuesday against the Tigers.


Erik Johnson will start Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2013) White Sox pitcher Erik Johnson will get the start Wednesday against the Yankees. 

Johnson will be making his big-league debut. He's been fantastic over two levels of the minors, compiling a 1.96 ERA over 24 starts. 


Erik Johnson a must-own in deeper leagues


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/3/2013) According to MLB.com, prospect Erik Johnson could take his first turn in the White Sox's rotation as soon as tomorrow. Should he make that start against the Yankees, and if all goes well, there could be a rush in AL-only and deeper mixed leagues to gain his services. The time is now to beat the rush.

After a strong two-and-a-half month campaign at Double-A Birmingham, Johnson was promoted to Triple-A Charlotte, where he dominated the International League over 10 starts. The 23-year-old just fell short of a strikeout per inning (57 Ks in 57 1/3 innings), and according to StatCorner.com, he got swinging strikes on more than 12 percent of his pitches. With good control and mild ground ball tendencies, Johnson shouldn't get himself into too much trouble, even if his strikeout rate doesn't fully translate to the majors.

In the best-case scenario, Johnson could start twice in Fantasy Week 24 (Sept. 9-15) -- against the Tigers and Indians -- so he's worth a speculative pickup that could fuel your late-season run in deeper leagues.


White Sox call up Erik Johnson


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2013) The White Sox have called up top prospect pitcher Erik Johnson from Triple-A Charlotte, MLB.com reports.

Johnson posted a 2.23 ERA in 14 starts for Double-A Birmingham to go with a 1.57 ERA and 57 strikeouts in 57 1/3 innings for Charlotte. Johnson is one of the few intriguing prospects in the White Sox system and he will likely compete for a starting job as early as opening day 2014.


Erik Johnson to make MLB debut in September?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2013) ESPNChicago.com writer Doug Padilla speculates White Sox starting pitcher prospect Erik Johnson will make his MLB debut in September when rosters expand. However, Padilla isn't sure if Johnson will be used as a starter or reliever.

The 2011 second-round pick is 11-3 with a 2.01 ERA and 0.97 WHIP in 22 starts between Double-A and Triple-A. He is 3-1 with a 1.59 ERA and 1.06 WHIP in eight starts since his promotion to Triple-A Charlotte.