Pierce Johnson
Pierce Johnson
27-Year-Old PitcherRP
San Francisco Giants
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Once a highly-rated prospect, Johnson spent the majority of the season as a 26-year-old reliever at Triple-A Iowa before being waived and claimed by the Giants in late September. His unremarkable 4.31 ERA at Triple-A hides some solid underlying numbers, as he struck out 31.6 percent of the batters he faced and posted a 3.43 FIP. Johnson's minor-league numbers have been solid at every stop outside of a disastrous 2016 season at Triple-A in which he registered a 6.14 ERA and 14.9 percent walk rate. Johnson will have to compete for a spot in the Giants' bullpen in camp. His solid strikeout numbers last season leave some hope that he could carve out a role a prominent role in time, but it's hard to see that happening in 2018. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed with the Cubs in June of 2012. He received a $1.196 million signing bonus, commensurate with his projected slot.
Called up from Triple-A
PSan Francisco Giants
September 3, 2018
Johnson was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento on Monday, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic Bay Area reports.
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With Sacramento's season coming to an end Monday, the Giants will bring Johnson aboard along with fellow Triple-A hurlers Steven Okert and Casey Kelly to provide some bullpen depth throughout September. Johnson has previously made 31 appearances with the big club this season, posting a 5.72 ERA and 1.30 WHIP across 39.1 innings.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-12%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-13%
BAA vs LHP
2017
Even Split
2016
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .213 73 13 11 13 3 1 0
Since 2016vs Right .242 105 18 12 22 4 2 4
2018vs Left .207 70 12 11 12 3 1 0
2018vs Right .239 101 17 11 21 4 2 4
2017vs Left .333 3 1 0 1 0 0 0
2017vs Right .333 4 1 1 1 0 0 0
2016vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-44%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-41%
ERA at Home
2017
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2016
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2016Home 3.92 1.50 20.2 3 2 0 6.5 5.7 0.4
Since 2016Away 6.97 1.31 20.2 0 0 0 7.0 4.4 1.3
2018Home 4.12 1.42 19.2 3 2 0 5.9 5.5 0.5
2018Away 6.97 1.31 20.2 0 0 0 7.0 4.4 1.3
2017Home 0.00 3.00 1.0 0 0 0 18.0 9.0 0.0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Pierce Johnson compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
K/BB
1.50
 
K/9
7.1
 
BB/9
4.7
 
HR/9
0.9
 
Fastball
93.8 mph
 
ERA
5.36
 
WHIP
1.36
 
BABIP
.266
 
GB/FB
1.11
 
Strand %
60.4%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Injuries hampered Johnson throughout 2016, limiting his workload to 22 appearances split between the rotation and the bullpen at Triple-A Iowa. Fortunately, he finished the season healthy, despite missing time with arm, lat, and hand ailments. Walks have been a problem for the 25-year-old at times in his development, but the shift to a relief role yielded excellent results as he bolstered his strikeout rate in shorter outings and reduced the impact of his free passes in the process. Johnson has an above-average mid-90s fastball and a very good curveball, with the potential to develop a changeup. If he's able to harness a third pitch, there is reason to believe that he can improve his effectiveness against lefties, who hit .323 against him last season. The Cubs will likely give Johnson an opportunity to earn a roster spot during spring training, and if everything clicks, he has the arsenal necessary to be a good late-inning reliever as soon as 2017.
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 other hand, he was repeating the level as a 24-year-old, and despite the low ERA, his 72:32 K:BB in 95 innings was a bit lackluster. That his strikeout rate dropped to 6.8 K/9 last year is a bit of concern, but he missed the first two months of the year with a strained lat and he could have been compensating. He was still able to get hitters out in other ways, which bodes well for his future. Expect a healthy Johnson to start the year with Triple-A Iowa, with a callup on the horizon if he can sustain the improved control that he showed last season.
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.
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Sent to minors
PSan Francisco Giants
August 14, 2018
Johnson was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
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Called up by Giants
PSan Francisco Giants
August 4, 2018
Johnson was called up from Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday.
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Sent down to Triple-A
PSan Francisco Giants
July 4, 2018
Johnson was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento on Wednesday, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic Bay Area reports.
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Brought up from minors
PSan Francisco Giants
June 19, 2018
Johnson was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday.
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Returns to Triple-A
PSan Francisco Giants
June 16, 2018
Johnson was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
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