Kris Johnson Pitcher

     
 

Born: October 14, 1984
Blue Springs, MO
Height: 6-4
Weight: 180
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
Drafted: 1st round, 2006;
50th round, 2003 by LAA
How Acquired: Draft
College: Wichita State
High School: Blue Springs HS (MO)

Photo © Kelly O'Connor

Links
Twelve Questions with Kris Johnson
2009 Prospect Preview

Released (May 2011)

Scouting Report
: Throws three pitches well: a 90-94 mph fastball, a mid-70s hard curveball, and a very good 83-84 mph changeup. Uses his fastball and his change as out pitches. Average control, not a dominant strikeout pitcher. Smooth delivery with improving command. Really needs to work on consistency, especially when working out of jams. Solid groundball ratio hovering around 50%. Fares slightly better against lefties. Historically performs well in the first two innings, but over his career he has shown some fall-off come the third inning, potentially making him a candidate for the bullpen long-term. However, with improving game preparation in 2008, he demonstrated the ability to shut down a batting order several times through. He's also fared well against advanced hitting prospects. After a few decent starts in Pawtucket to open 2009, he endured a rough adjustment to Triple-A, leading to a demotion back to Portland, where he continued to struggle. Underwent TJ surgery in 2005, from which he returned to the mound faster than expected, but his curve still lacks the same bite.

 
   
    Career Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l % era g gs cg sh sv ip h r er hr bb so k/bb
  2006 Wichita State NCAA Coll - 21 6 2 0.750 4.86 15 15 0 0 0 53.2 57 38 29 1 21 45 2.14
  2006 Lowell NYPL A Bos 21 0 2 0.000 0.88 14 13 0 0 0 30.2 25 7 3 0 7 27 3.86
  2007 Lancaster Cal A Bos 22 9 7 0.563 5.56 27 27 0 0 0 136.0 148 91 84 20 57 100 1.75
2008 Portland East AA Bos 23 8 9 0.471 3.63 27 27 0 0 0 136.1 147 70 55 5 56 108 1.93
2009 Portland East AA Bos 24 0 3 0.000 6.35 3 3 0 0 0 17.0 22 14 12 1 5 12 2.40
2009 Pawtucket IL AAA Bos 24 3 13 0.188 6.35 22 22 0 0 0 96.1 128 77 68 8 44 65 1.48
2010 Pawtucket IL AAA Bos 25 6 13 0.316 4.88 28 24 0 0 0 132.2 152 81 72 15 52 79 1.52
2010 Escogido DWL Wint Bos 25 1 1 0.500 3.00 5 5 0 0 0 24.0 20 8 8 1 10 14 1.40
2011 Pawtucket IL AAA Bos 26 2 2 0.500 12.63 8 3 0 0 0 20.2 41 31 29 7 6 12 2.00
  2012 Altoona East AA Pit 27 3 2 0.600 2.09 15 9 0 0 1 56.0 50 19 13 3 24 42 1.75
  2012 Indianapolis IL AAA Pit 27 5 2 0.714 4.53 20 4 0 0 0 45.2 42 25 23 7 18 33 1.83
  2013 Indianapolis AL AAA Pit 28 10 4 0.714 2.39 26 21 1 0 2 135.2 116 37 36 6 43 94 2.19
  2013 Pittsburgh NL MLB Pit 28 0 2 0.000 6.10 4 1 0 0 0 10.1 12 7 7 0 4 9 2.25
   
  Additional Player Info  
  Pronunciation: ---
First Pro Contract:
June 7, 2006 by Ernie Jacobs
Signing Bonus: $850,000
MiLB Debut: June 24, 2006 (Lowell)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut:
August 18, 2013 (PIT)
     
  Awards
Eastern League Pitcher of the Week (April 21-27, 2008)
SoxProspects.com Awards
2007 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star - LHSP
2008 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star - SP

 


 
  

 
 

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