25-Year-Old Pitcher – Chicago Cubs
2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Johnson has been one of the top pitching prospects for the Cubs for quite some time now, and with a 2.08 ERA for Double-A Tennessee last year, it's possible he's nearing his big-league debut. On the o...
Pierce Johnson Contract Information:
Signed with the Cubs in June of 2012. He received a $1.196 million signing bonus, commensurate with his projected slot.
Johnson (back) will throw live batting practice Tuesday before going to Arizona to continue his rehab, Tommy Birch of the Des Moines Register reports.
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Chicago Cubs Roster
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AAAcevedo, Andury (P)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Everyone talks about all of the good hitting prospects in the Cubs' organization, but for some reason the pitchers get short shrift. With C.J. Edwards hurt most of the year and Kyle Hendricks promoted, Johnson may now be the best pitching prospect in the Cubs' minor league system. He struck out 91 in 91.2 innings with Double-A Tennessee, so there obviously is something there, but he also walked 54. The 23-year-old righty still has a little bit of work to do. Expect him to start the year with Tennessee, with a quick promotion to Triple-A Iowa if he keeps his walks down. This could be his last year in the minors.
While the Cubs' hitting prospects get all the ink, they have a few good pitchers coming up through the ranks as well, and Johnson may be the best of them all. Between Low-A Kane County and High-A Daytona, he had a stellar 9.4 K/9 and only gave up five home runs in 118.1 innings. While his K:BB ratio declined when he was promoted to Daytona, it was still respectable. Johnson is probably a year or two away, but when he comes up to the Cubs, he should be solid.