Kris Johnson (baseball)

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Not to be confused with Chris Johnson.
Kris Johnson
Hiroshima Toyo Carp – No. 42
Born: (1984-10-14) October 14, 1984 (age 30)
West Covina, California
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
August 18, 2013 for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Career statistics
(through 2014 season)
Win–loss record 0–3
Earned run average 5.32
Strikeouts 21

Kristofer Michael Johnson (born October 14, 1984) is a former American professional baseball pitcher for the for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB). He previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Minnesota Twins.

Draft and Amateur Career[edit]

Johnson attended Blue Springs High School in Missouri throwing 5 no-hitters.[1] He was drafted by the Anaheim Angels in the 50th round of the 2003 Major League Baseball Draft, but chose to attend Witchita State University. As a freshman at Witchita State, his 2.01 era lead the Missouri Valley Conference.[1] The Boston Red Sox drafted Johnson 40th overall in the first round of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft and gave him an $850,000 signing bonus.[2]

Professional Career[edit]

Minor League Career[edit]

In 2006, Johnson pitched for the Lowell Spinners. In November 2006, Baseball America named Johnson the #9 prospect in Boston's organization.[3]

In 2007, he pitched for the Lancaster JetHawks.

In 2008 Baseball America ranked him as Boston's fourth best pitching prospect.[4] He spent the 2008 season at the Red Sox's AA affiliate, the Portland Sea Dogs. He threw a 3.63 ERA for the year.[2]

Coming into 2009, he was ranked within the top 20 prospects within the Red Sox system.[2] He split the 2009 season between the Red Sox AAA affiliate, the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Portland Sea Dogs. He amassed a 3-16 record with a 6.35 ERA, and led the minors with most losses.[2]

He spent the 2010 season with Pawtucket.

He returned to Pawtucket to start the 2011 season, however, on May 14, 2011, Johnson gave up 7 runs in 2 innings, leaving him with a 12.63 era for Pawtucket. He was released on May 17, 2011.[5] Johnson signed with the Kansas City T-Bones on June 11, 2011.[6] His 3.23 era for the T-Bones was 4th in the American Association.[1]

Johnson signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates in December 2011.[7] Johnson split the 2012 season with the Altoona Curve and the Indianapolis Indians. Johnson resigned with the Pirates in September 2012.[8]

Pittsburgh Pirates[edit]

On August 18, 2013, Johnson was added to the Pirates 25-man roster. He made his major league debut that day against the Arizona Diamondbacks, entering the game to start the top of 11th inning. He pitched 6 innings, but allowed two runs in the 16th and took the loss. Johnson was the first Pirate since Steve Blass in 1964 to throw at least 5 innings of relief in his first appearance.[9] He was optioned back to Indianapolis on August 19.

On September 1, 2013, Johnson made his first start for the Pirates against the Cardinals. He went 2.0 innings giving up 5 runs on 7 hits.

Minnesota Twins[edit]

On November 19, 2013, Johnson was traded to the Minnesota Twins in exchange for RHP Duke Welker.

Hiroshima Toyo Carp[edit]

Johnson was sold to the Hiroshima Toyo Carp of Nippon Professional Baseball on October 22, 2014.[10]


  1. ^ a b c "T-Bones Southpaw Headed to Pirates Organization". January 12, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d Barbarisi, Daniel (May 31, 2010). "Red Sox minor-league notebook: Kris Johnson is on the way to rescuing his career". The Providence Journal. Archived from the original on June 28, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Boston Red Sox Top Ten Prospects". November 10, 2006. 
  4. ^ Brunell, Evan (June 27, 2008). "SOX ON DECK: Kris Johnson pitches Portland to victory". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 2009-04-07. 
  5. ^ "Red Sox release former first-rounder Kris Johnson". May 17, 2011. 
  6. ^ "T-Bones Add First-Round Pick to Starting Rotation". June 11, 2011. 
  7. ^ Williams, Tim (December 16, 2011). "Pirates Sign Kris Johnson". 
  8. ^ Williams, Tim (September 29, 2012). "Minor Moves: Pirates Re-Sign Kris Johnson". 
  9. ^ "Twitter / Pirates: Kris Johnson is the 1st Pirate ...". Twitter. Pittsburgh Pirates. 18 August 2013. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  10. ^ Twins sell Kris Johnson to Japanese team

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