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Erik Johnson
Birthdate: 12/30/1989 (27 y, 2 m, 29 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-3/230     Position: P
Drafted: 2011 June Amateur Draft - Round: 2, Pick: 20, Overall: 80, Team: Chicago White Sox
Contract: $0.5M / 1 Years (2014)
RotoWire News: Johnson (elbow) signed a minor league contract with the Padres on Friday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports. (12/16/2016)
Injury: Elbow, Day-to-Day
Profiles:  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: A few years ago Johnson was a promising, up-and-coming hurler with the White Sox. The former second-round pick has struggled with consistency and injuries at the big league level. Over parts of four seasons, Johnson has allowed 191 base runners through hits and walks in just 117.2 innings so it’s easy to see why he’s struggled. Home runs have also been an issue as he’s allowed 28 of them. The now 27-year-old hurler battled through injuries in 2016 and made just 14 starts (six in the big leagues). After signing a minor league contract to return to the Padres in ’17, Johnson will likely open the year in Triple-A and look to eventually make his way back to the majors. His stuff has dropped off dramatically in the past four years so it might be time for him to consider embracing a relief role. As it stands, he has little-to-no chance of being an impact contributor for the Padres… or any other big league club. (Marc Hulet)

The Quick Opinion: Once a promising prospect, injuries have robbed Johnson of 3-4 mph off of his offerings, which in turn has left him vulnerable to big league hitters. He produced some solid Triple-A numbers as recently as 2015 so there’s perhaps a faint glimmer of hope that Johnson can eventually contribute a little something at the big league level.

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