35-Year-Old Pitcher – Free Agent
2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
There was no outlook written for Tyler Johnson in 2016. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Tyler Johnson Contract Information:
Johnson agreed to a minor league deal including an invitation to spring training with Seattle in February of 2009.
Johnson was released by the Mariners on Saturday, the Tacoma News-Tribune reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Tyler Johnson.
Johnson went into spring training with an eye on earning a lefty specialist role, but he was never able to get going, finally having arthroscopic surgery in May and missing the whole season. He should be ready for 2009, though the Cards non-tendered him in December after finally coming to terms with Trever Miller.
As a lefty specialist last season, Johnson improved on his 2006 performance in most aspects of his game. Unfortunately his strikeout rate, which has been a strength throughout his minor league career, dropped precipitously from 9.17 in 2006 to 5.68 last year. His shaky control improved to 3.79 BB/9 last year, which may not sound like much, but it's the best figure he's had since pitching in the Midwest League in 2002. He'll continue to act as a lefty specialist in 2008.
After being called up in May, Johnson retired the first 18 left-handed batters he faced. On the other hand, righties were hitting him well. Then lefties figured him out. He’ll compete for a role as a lefty specialist again in 2007, but unless he improves on 23 BB in 36.1 IP, he’s a long shot to make a significant contribution.
Johnson was taken in the Rule V draft by Oakland in 2005, but was returned after failing to make their roster. He has great stuff (77 K in 59 IP in Triple-A) and earned a September call-up to St. Louis, where he tossed 2 2/3 shutout innings. He'll be given a shot to fill a lefty role out of the bullpen in 2006.
Johnson could be a lefty specialist right now, having been converted to relief in Double-A. Any kind of good work at Memphis this year will get him to St. Louis. In the long term, he should have a Mike Stanton career out of the bullpen. Minimal fantasy value in 2004.
Johnson tore apart Low-A ball last season, going 15-3 with a 2.00 ERA and a 132/42 K/BB ratio in 121 1/3 innings. Moreover, Johnson, who will turn 22 in June, was cited as having the Midwest League's best breaking pitch. Johnson could begin 2003 in Double-A. If he were to pitch well there, he might even see St. Louis by September, though summer 2004 is a more realistic ETA for him.