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Erik Craig Johnson (born December 30, 1989) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent. He previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Chicago White Sox and San Diego Padres.

Erik Johnson
Erik Johnson, 2015 Triple-A All-Star Game.jpg
Free agent
Born: (1989-12-30) December 30, 1989 (age 29)
Mountain View, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 4, 2013, for the Chicago White Sox
MLB statistics
(through 2016 season)
Win–loss record7–10
Earned run average5.28

Professional careerEdit

Chicago White SoxEdit

Johnson played college baseball at University of California, Berkeley and was drafted in the 2nd round by the Chicago White Sox during the 2011 MLB Draft.[1] He started his career with the Rookie-Level Great Falls Voyagers in 2011. He only pitched in two games and two innings during the 2011 season. In 2012, Johnson started the season with Class A Kannapolis Intimidators but was later promoted to Class A-Advanced Winston-Salem Dash.[2]

Johnson finished the 2012 season with a combined record of 6–5 during 17 starts, ​92 13 innings, 2.53 ERA, 82 hits, 29 walks and 87 strikeouts. At the start of the 2013 season, Johnson was ranked the White Sox #3 prospect.[3][4][5] He started the season at Double-A Birmingham Barons.[6] After going 8–2 in 14 starts, ​84 23 innings, 2.23 ERA, 57 hits, 21 walks and 74 strikeouts, he was promoted to Triple-A Charlotte Knights.

Johnson made his MLB debut with the White Sox on September 4, 2013.

San Diego PadresEdit

On June 4, 2016, Johnson and Fernando Tatís Jr. were traded to the San Diego Padres in exchange for James Shields.[7] After the trade, he was demoted to AAA but was called up to pitch in the Padres rotation a week later. Through his first four starts with the Padres, Johnson was 0–4 with an ERA of 9.15 while allowing more than four runs in each start. He was placed on the disabled list on July 1. On October 11, 2016, it was announced that Johnson would miss the entire 2017 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery.[8] On December 16, Johnson signed a new minor league contract with the Padres.[9] He elected free agency on November 6, 2017. On March 6, 2018, Johnson resigned a minor league deal with the San Diego Padres. He was assigned to AA San Antonio Missions for the 2018 season, after which he became a free agent.[10]


  1. ^ Lydon, Greg (June 9, 2011). "Former Los Altos High Baseball Star Selected in MLB Draft". Retrieved March 17, 2014.
  2. ^ Josh Feldman. "Johnson promoted, Mustain to Kannapolis". Retrieved March 17, 2014.
  3. ^ "White Sox 2013 Prospect Watch". May 24, 2013. Retrieved March 17, 2014.
  4. ^ "Pitching prospects Erik Johnson, Scott Snodgress looking to impress White Sox". Retrieved March 17, 2014.
  5. ^ "Barons' Eric Johnson dominates Suns' batters". May 25, 2013. Retrieved March 17, 2014.
  6. ^ Curtright, Guy. "SL notes: Johnson solidifies his stuff". Retrieved March 17, 2014.
  7. ^ Van Schouwen, Daryl (June 4, 2016). "Padres acquire Erik Johnson in James Shields trade". Chicago Sun Times. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
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  9. ^ Todd, Jeff (December 16, 2016). "Minor MLB Transactions: 12/16/16". Retrieved December 17, 2016.
  10. ^ Eddy, Matt (November 6, 2018). "Minor League Free Agents 2018". Baseball America. Retrieved November 12, 2018.

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