Chase Johnson | RHP, 21 yo, 6-3, 185 | 2013 Draft – 3 | (AZL) 3 G, 5.1 IP, 1.69 ERA, 1 BB, 7 K | (A-) 10 GS, 41 IP, 4.17 ERA, 7.9 H/9, 2.6 BB/9, 8.1 K/9
Another player who I profiled last summer. He was a closer at Cal Poly in 2012 before mysteriously losing that role in 2013. He was the first pitcher taken by the Giants in the 2013 draft, and the organization quickly moved him into a starting role. He allowed only 5 ER in his first 7 starts with Salem-Keizer, but got knocked around for 14 ER in his final 3 outings (9.2 IP). If the Giants are serious about stretching him out, I can envision him beginning next season in the Augusta rotation. There will certainly be a number of pitchers vying for those spots (just as there will be in San Jose), so it will be interesting to see how he’s used next year. Johnson showed an easy delivery while running his fastball up to 95 in the instructional league video shot by Jason Cole at the end of the season, also throwing an occasional change and an overhand breaking ball with some sharp downward bite. The draft pedigree and that fastball make him a very intriguing name to follow going forward.
They said it: “Johnson still has good stuff, though, with a fastball up to 93 mph that has good sink to it to go along with a slider and changeup that both have the chance to be Major League average. Command has been a bit of an issue…” ~ MLB.com
(Conner Penfold/Giant Potential)