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Pierce Johnson PCubs

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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 23)
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Birth Date5-10-1991
Height6' 3"
Weight170 lbs
Age23 years, 4 months, 9 days
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WARP Summary

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YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP

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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2012 BOI A- 4 4 8.0 2.04 162 .275 .256 .331 .361 .257 .526 117 4.0 0.4 4.0 0.4
2012 CUB Rk 2 2 3.0 3.71 124 .238 .281 .347 .416 .280 .444 91 1.2 0.1 1.2 0.1
2013 KNC A 13 13 69.7 3.52 128 .241 .261 .330 .385 .263 .335 107 17.0 1.8 17.0 1.8
2013 DAY A+ 10 8 48.7 4.23 112 .231 .255 .323 .369 .255 .333 104 5.9 0.6 5.9 0.6
2014 KNC A 2 2 11.0 5.84 74 .169 .259 .321 .390 .263 .115 101 -0.3 -0.0 -0.3 -0.0
2014 TEN AA 18 17 91.7 4.51 95 .241 .251 .321 .379 .263 .242 98 5.2 0.6 4.3 0.5

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
2012 BOI A- 0 0 0 4 4 8.0 10 3 12 0 58% .526 11.2 3.4 0.0 13.5 1.62 4.50 4.0 0.4
2012 CUB Rk 0 0 0 2 2 3.0 4 0 2 0 33% .444 12.0 0.0 0.0 6.0 1.33 0.00 1.2 0.1
2013 KNC A 5 5 0 13 13 69.7 68 22 74 4 52% .335 8.8 2.8 0.5 9.6 1.29 3.10 17.0 1.8
2013 DAY A+ 6 1 0 10 8 48.7 41 21 50 1 43% .333 7.6 3.9 0.2 9.2 1.27 2.22 5.9 0.6
2014 KNC A 0 1 0 2 2 11.0 4 3 8 1 63% .115 3.3 2.5 0.8 6.5 0.64 2.45 -0.3 -0.0
2014 TEN AA 5 4 0 18 17 91.7 60 54 91 8 44% .242 5.9 5.3 0.8 8.9 1.24 2.55 4.3 0.5

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Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-05-20 2014-06-22 Minors 33 0 Left Lower Leg Strain Calf - -
2014-04-03 2014-04-22 Minors 19 0 - Not Disclosed - -
2014-03-11 2014-03-31 Camp 20 0 - Thigh Strain Hamstring - -

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BP Articles

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  Title Author Date
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Thursday, July 24Jeff Moore2014-07-25
This article requires BP Premium accessMonday Morning Ten Pack: June 30, 2014BP Prospect Staff2014-06-30
PECOTA Takes on Prospects: Introduction: I Now Pronounce You Scout and StatAndrew Koo2014-04-15
BP Top 101 Prospects: Opening Day AssignmentsRon Shah2014-04-03
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Preview: NL Central 2014 Preseason PreviewKen Funck2014-03-25
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Preview: NL Central 2014 Preseason PreviewHarry Pavlidis2014-03-25
This article requires BP Premium accessChanging Speeds: The Optimist's Guide to the 2016 CubsKen Funck2014-03-06
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessThe Top 101 Fantasy Prospects of 2014: Part Two: 51-101Bret Sayre2014-03-04
25-and-Under Talent Rankings: Ranking All 30 Teams from Top to BottomJason Parks2014-03-03
25-and-Under Talent Rankings: Ranking All 30 Teams from Top to BottomBP Prospect Staff2014-03-03
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessTTO Scoresheet Podcast: Starting PitchersIan Lefkowitz2014-02-28
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessTTO Scoresheet Podcast: Starting PitchersJared Weiss2014-02-28
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessTTO Scoresheet Podcast: Starting PitchersBen Murphy2014-02-28
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessDynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 175 Starting PitchersBret Sayre2014-02-27
Prospects Will Break Your Heart: 2014 Organizational RankingsJason Parks2014-02-26
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessGet to Know: Starting Pitcher ProspectsCraig Goldstein2014-02-26
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessGet to Know: Starting Pitcher ProspectsBen Carsley2014-02-26
Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Top 101 ProspectsBP Prospect Staff2014-01-27
Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Top 101 ProspectsJason Parks2014-01-27
The Top 101 Prospects of 2014: Sliced and DicedMauricio Rubio2014-01-27
The Top 101 Prospects of 2014: Sliced and DicedRob McQuown2014-01-27
This article requires BP Premium accessProspects Will Break Your Heart: Chicago Cubs Top 10 ProspectsJason Parks2014-01-23
This article requires BP Premium accessPerfect Game Presents: Before They Were Pros: NL WestPatrick Ebert2014-01-23
This article requires BP Premium accessPerfect Game Presents: Before They Were Pros: NL WestDavid Rawnsley2014-01-23
This article requires BP Premium accessPerfect Game Presents: Before They Were Pros: NL WestTodd Gold2014-01-23
The Week in Quotes: January 13-20Nick Bacarella2014-01-21
The Week in Quotes: January 13-20Chris Mosch2014-01-21
The Week in Quotes: January 13-20Morris Greenberg2014-01-21
The Week in Quotes: January 13-20Nick Wheatley-Schaller2014-01-21
This article requires BP Premium accessThe Minors: First Half RecapJason Parks2013-06-20
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Wednesday, May 29Zach Mortimer2013-05-30
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of May 24-27Zach Mortimer2013-05-28
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of May 16-19Zach Mortimer2013-05-20
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of April 19-April 21Zach Mortimer2013-04-22
This article requires BP Premium accessProspects Will Break Your Heart: Chicago Cubs Top 10 ProspectsJason Parks2012-11-07
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of August 16Kevin Goldstein2012-08-17


BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-07-24 19:00:00 (link to chat)Obviously you've seen Kane County a bunch this year. Is Underwood's stock close to Tseng's? Or is it much closer to Blackburn and Torrez at this stage?
(David from Malibu)
Let's talk pitching a bit.

Underwood has a higher ceiling than Tseng, the curveball has better snap and has potential to be special, but Tseng has a more polished profile and a higher ceiling. Underwood belongs in the C.J. Edwards, Jen-Ho Tseng, Pierce Johnson level, Blackburn and Torrez are in the tier below for me. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-07-03 19:00:00 (link to chat)Do you have a sense of which lesser known Cubs prospects could be valuable dynasty league assets in 2015?
(Dan from Chicago)
Depends on what you mean by lesser known. I think Pierce Johnson and Paul Blackburn could be assets depending on league depth. If you're looking for blow up potential I think Eloy Jimenez and Gleyber Torres can be valuable trade assets in 2015 as they get more exposure to pro ball. Tseng should be getting some love too. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-06-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)I know you've seen Kane County some this year. How optimistic should Cub fans be on Tseng, Blackburn, Torrez, and Underwood?
(David from Malibu)
Tseng is the best pitching prospect in the Cubs organization, above Pierce Johnson for me. He features a 91-94 MPH fastball with plus command projection, and two solid average secondary offerings in a true curveball and change up. He's extremely polished for a 19 year old kid, and could be a low 3, high 4 type.

Blackburn I've seen a few times, and have come away underwhelmed. The FB works mostly in the 89-91 range, and I don't see much velo projection left, as the arm isn't very quick. The pitch flattens when it's elevated, and he's more of a sinker baller He has a curve that projects to be around average, but it's not a bat misser. The delivery is simple and repeatable, but he looks to be more of a command/control back of the rotation guy. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-05-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)It's early, but at what point do you get concerned with the Cubs farm system taking a step back, development-wise? Bryant is really the only prospect that's performing well. Alcantara's performance has slipped, Pierce Johnson has been hurt and has had control issues, CJ Edwards started strong and then got hurt, Jorge Soler has been banged up and Albert Almora started slow. I'm not on the ledge, I know it's early... but, uh, make me feel better.
(TulaneCubs from Chicago)
Let's see...player development isn't linear, many of those guys are young for their level...and there are other 'lesser' names that have done nicely (Hannemann, Tseng...although he just had a start cx'd but I think he's fine) (Harry Pavlidis)
2014-01-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)C.j Edwards or Pierce Johnson?
(Mike from Ingleside )
C.J. Edwards and it's not that close for me. In the end I think he's a #3 starter and Johnson is more of a 4/5 (Craig Goldstein)
2013-09-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Much has been made among CHC fans about their Big 4 prospects(Baez, Almora, Bryant, Soler),which guys in the 5-10 range in their system intrigue you most?Btw, is Olt redeemable?
(Matt from Chicago)
Mike Olt is absolutely redeemable. I still believe in his ability to be a very good everyday player. As for the 5-10 range, I like the progress scouts reported seeing with Dillon Maples this year. The addition of CJ Edwards and having guys like Duane Underwood and Pierce Johnson make for some quality depth outside of the top four guys. (Mark Anderson)
2013-09-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Us Cub fans are pretty excited about our top 2 SP prospects: P. Johnson and CJ Edwards. Can you talk a bit about how good they can be?
(MKPJ from Chicago)
Pierce Johnson is a good #3 starter for me if it all comes together, and I tend to think Edwards fits in the same range, but he could surpass that by a little bit. I haven't seen much of Edwards yet so I'm going solely on second-hand reports. Fellow BPers Jason Parks and Jason Cole will have more to say about Edwards. (Mark Anderson)
2013-08-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)What can you tell me about Dillon Maples? He had a really rough start to the year and was demoted. Since the demotion he looks to have turned a corner. The walks are down and the k's are up. What kind of upside do you see with him? Does he have the stuff to keep up with other Cubs prospects such as Pierce Johnson? Also, thanks for the chat. These are always a lot of fun to follow.
(Bill from Chicago)
For Maples it isn't about the numbers, especially in Boise. It's what his mechanics are like. Is he in good form and is he repeating it. I see him being a late inning reliever, or a total bust. Johnson is more of a legitimate starting pitcher candidate, even though he doesn't have the raw stuff that Maples can flash. And I'm still a Ben Wells fan, hoping for him to put it together in AA and make the next step next year. (Harry Pavlidis)
2013-08-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can we make Prince Albert happen as a nickname for Pierce Johnson? It's just begging for it.
(sitrick2 from Minneapolis, MN)
I don't have that kind of authority. (Harry Pavlidis)
2013-07-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)The Cubs minor league system is obviously stacked offensively, but there doesn't appear to be much impact talent on the pitching side. I saw PIerce Johnson throw at Kane County a couple of times and I really liked what I saw. Are there any pitching prospects in the system that you are high on?
(jmaas14 from Sycamore,IL)
JOhnson is a quality arm; like him a lot. Adding Edwards to the mix certainly helps, as does getting Juan Paniagua back into the states and on a field. (Jason Parks)
2013-06-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are you surprised at Kyle Hendricks success this season at AA for Tennessee (Cubs) and should he be considered one of the Cubs top pitching prospects?
(Mike from Illinois)
The Cubs are obviously very bat-heavy in their system, and many of the top arms are either hurt (Vizcaino) or at the lower levels (Pierce Johnson in Low-A, Dillon Maples in Low-A, Duane Underwood in extended spring). So by default Hendricks is one of their better arms at the upper levels.

There's nothing too sexy about Hendricks, but he can really pitch, so I'm not surprised he's having success this year. I saw Hendricks a couple times last year in Myrtle Beach. Haven't gotten a report on him last year but here's what I saw – located and mixed deep arsenal very well. Not a lot of life on anything but sat 87-91-ish with his fastball but showed the ability to pop 92-93 and the occasional 94 when needed. Very deceptive changeup that also didn't have a lot of movement. He also had a cut-slider and big get-me-over curveball. The stuff is very fringe and it's probably a no. 5 starter at best, but he can locate and mix, so that gives him a shot. (Jason Cole)
2013-05-10 14:00:00 (link to chat)Doug! Thanks for the chat!!! I know that the Cubs are likely to go with a pitcher (Appel or Gray) with the #2 pick, but I was wondering what kind of potential they currently have lower in the system. I have heard names like Maples, Pierce Johnson, and Blackburn. What do these guys offer? Do you think any of them have the stuff to be a #2 starter?
(Steve from Bayshore)
I wish I could give a proper response, but low-level guys are a bit under my radar. I would defer to our excellent prospect team to get a better picture of the Cubbies' potential on the mound.

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=18849 (Doug Thorburn)


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