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2017 Projections (Rest of Season Projections - seasonal age 26)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
5.0 4.70 1.53 4 0 0 0 0.0
Birth Date5-10-1991
Height6' 3"
Weight200 lbs
Age26 years, 1 months, 14 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
2013
2014
2015
2016
-0.12017
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
2017 CHN MLB 1 0 1.0 0 0 0 2 1 2 0 .269 101 18.0 9.0 0.0 18.0 25% .500 .396 3.00 2.14 0.00 108 10.54 223.4 -0.1
CareerMLB101.00002120.26910118.09.00.018.025%.500.3963.002.140.0010810.60224.2-0.1

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
2012 BOI A- 4 4 8.0 0 0 0 10 3 12 0 .257 117 11.2 3.4 0.0 13.5 58% .526 .275 1.62 1.44 4.50 81 3.42 95.6
2012 CUB Rk 2 2 3.0 0 0 0 4 0 2 0 .280 91 12.0 0.0 0.0 6.0 33% .444 .238 1.33 3.00 0.00 94 3.82 98.3
2013 KNC A 13 13 69.7 5 5 0 68 22 74 4 .263 107 8.8 2.8 0.5 9.6 52% .335 .241 1.29 3.11 3.10 77 2.20 87.5
2013 DAY A+ 10 8 48.7 6 1 0 41 21 50 1 .255 104 7.6 3.9 0.2 9.2 43% .333 .231 1.27 2.99 2.22 90 2.80 93.0
2014 KNC A 2 2 11.0 0 1 0 4 3 8 1 .263 101 3.3 2.5 0.8 6.5 63% .115 .169 0.64 4.29 2.45 93 3.60 98.5
2014 TEN AA 18 17 91.7 5 4 0 60 54 91 8 .260 101 5.9 5.3 0.8 8.9 44% .242 .238 1.24 4.26 2.55 101 3.89 98.5
2015 TEN AA 16 16 95.0 6 2 0 76 32 72 4 .273 99 7.2 3.0 0.4 6.8 41% .266 .229 1.14 3.47 2.08 101 3.22 93.1
2015 MSS Wnt 7 7 24.7 1 2 0 28 13 21 5 .000 10.2 4.7 1.8 7.7 0% .333 .000 1.66 6.09 5.47 0 0.00 0.0
2016 IOW AAA 22 11 63.0 4 6 0 60 43 75 8 .260 96 8.6 6.1 1.1 10.7 47% .331 .309 1.63 5.27 6.14 100 2.92 91.0
2017 CHN MLB 1 0 1.0 0 0 0 2 1 2 0 .269 101 18.0 9.0 0.0 18.0 25% .500 .396 3.00 2.14 0.00 108 10.54 223.4
2017 IOW AAA 23 0 26.0 2 2 6 36 16 35 3 .271 12.5 5.5 1.0 12.1 44% .471 .318 2.00 4.49 6.23 88 3.54 67.6

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2017 29 0.4483 0.4138 0.6667 0.6154 0.2500 0.7500 0.5000 0.3333
Career290.44830.41380.66670.61540.250.750.50.3333

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

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 - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2017 CHN $
2016 CHN $

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 0 d1 year (2017)

Details
  • 1 year (2017). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 3/17.
  • 1 year (2016). Contract selected by Chicago Cubs 11/20/15. Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 3/4/16.
  • Drafted by Chicago Cubs 2012 (1s-43) (Missouri State). $1.196M signing bonus (slot amount).

2017 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
90o 0.4 0.3 0 1 1 19.9 16 8 17 2 .255 1.23 3.55 3.8 0.7 0.1
80o 0.3 0.3 0 1 1 14.6 13 6 12 2 .270 1.32 3.94 4.23 0.5 0.1
70o 0.3 0.3 0 1 1 10.9 10 5 9 1 .281 1.40 4.23 4.54 0.4 0.0
60o 0.3 0.3 0 1 1 7.8 8 4 6 1 .291 1.47 4.49 4.82 0.2 0.0
50o 0.3 0.3 0 1 1 5.0 5 3 4 1 .299 1.53 4.73 5.08 0.1 0.0
40o 0.3 0.3 0 1 1 2.3 2 1 2 0 .308 1.59 4.98 5.35 -0.1 -0.0
30o 0.8 0.5 0 2 2 4.5 5 2 4 1 .300 1.57 4.96 5.45 -0.3 -0.0
20o 0.8 0.6 0 2 2 1.3 1 1 1 0 .311 1.65 5.27 5.78 -0.6 -0.1
10o 0.8 1.2 0 3 3 1.6 2 1 1 0 .325 1.75 5.82 6.23 -1.6 -0.2
Weighted Mean0.30.30114.24231.2971.514.705.040.10.0

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2017 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA DRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
201827911030301931441142222340.2881.344.355.026.75.310.41.10.9
201928810028281701241141981840.2871.404.395.066.66.010.51.00.8
202029810029291791301092081940.2871.344.154.796.55.510.51.01.3
202130911031311961481222252240.2921.384.385.056.85.610.31.00.9
2022317902626151115991711940.2851.414.675.386.85.910.21.10.3
202332811030301881461072022540.2841.354.575.277.05.19.71.20.5

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 92)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 97 Sam LeCure 2010 4.50
2 96 Jeremy Hefner 2012 5.19
3 95 Chris Cody 2010 0.00 DNP
4 95 Jay Jackson 2014 0.00 DNP
5 95 Travis Banwart 2012 0.00 DNP
6 95 Nick Pereira 2009 0.00 DNP
7 95 Scott Gorgen 2013 0.00 DNP
8 95 Yohan Pino 2010 0.00 DNP
9 95 Polin Trinidad 2011 0.00 DNP
10 95 Hector Ambriz 2010 5.77
11 94 James Houser 2011 0.00 DNP
12 94 Bruce Billings 2012 0.00 DNP
13 94 Angel Sanchez 2016 0.00 DNP
14 94 Michael Madsen 2009 0.00 DNP
15 94 Tyler Anderson 2016 3.94
16 94 Andrew Carraway 2013 0.00 DNP
17 93 Arnold Leon 2015 4.72
18 93 Miguel Pinango 2009 0.00 DNP
19 93 Boone Whiting 2016 0.00 DNP
20 93 Andrew Ferguson 2015 0.00 DNP
21 93 Thad Weber 2011 0.00 DNP
22 93 Andres Santiago 2016 0.00 DNP
23 93 Tom Koehler 2012 5.40
24 93 Tony Watson 2011 3.95
25 93 Albert Suarez 2016 4.50
26 93 Merrill Kelly 2015 0.00 DNP
27 92 Jorge Reyes 2014 0.00 DNP
28 92 Dellin Betances 2014 1.50
29 92 Josh Smith 2014 0.00 DNP
30 92 David Bromberg 2014 0.00 DNP
31 92 Brett Marshall 2016 0.00 DNP
32 92 Samuel Deduno 2010 3.38
33 92 Kevin Pucetas 2011 0.00 DNP
34 92 Abe Alvarez 2009 0.00 DNP
35 92 Gus Schlosser 2015 0.00 DNP
36 92 Zachary Neal 2015 0.00 DNP
37 92 Brent Suter 2016 2.16
38 92 Tyler Pill 2016 0.00 DNP
39 92 Zachary Nuding 2016 0.00 DNP
40 92 Warwick Saupold 2016 7.45
41 92 Dustin Nippert 2007 5.96
42 92 Ariel Pena 2015 4.61
43 92 Aaron Northcraft 2016 0.00 DNP
44 92 Tim Atherton 2016 0.00 DNP
45 92 Nick Additon 2014 0.00 DNP
46 92 Mike Ballard 2010 0.00 DNP
47 91 J.C. Sulbaran 2016 0.00 DNP
48 91 Nik Turley 2016 0.00 DNP
49 91 Asher Wojciechowski 2015 7.16
50 91 Phil Irwin 2013 9.64
51 91 Mike Bolsinger 2014 6.19
52 91 Matt Wright 2008 0.00 DNP
53 91 James Simmons 2013 0.00 DNP
54 91 Brooks Brown 2011 0.00 DNP
55 91 Tobi Stoner 2011 0.00 DNP
56 91 Justin Marks 2014 13.50
57 91 Alex Colome 2015 4.10
58 91 Tim Crabbe 2014 0.00 DNP
59 91 Ross Stripling 2016 4.18
60 91 Christian Bergman 2014 6.09
61 91 Sean Murphy 2015 0.00 DNP
62 91 Francisco Cruceta 2008 6.17
63 91 Brad Knox 2008 0.00 DNP
64 91 Todd Redmond 2011 0.00 DNP
65 91 Paul Demny 2016 0.00 DNP
66 91 Chaz Roe 2013 4.03
67 91 Dan Meyer 2008 9.11
68 91 Amaury Rivas 2012 0.00 DNP
69 91 Mike Esposito 2008 0.00 DNP
70 91 Terry Doyle 2012 0.00 DNP
71 91 Eric Surkamp 2014 5.18
72 91 Wes Roemer 2013 0.00 DNP
73 90 Chris Dwyer 2014 0.00 DNP
74 90 Alan Johnson 2010 0.00 DNP
75 90 Samuel Gaviglio 2016 0.00 DNP
76 90 Frank Herrmann 2010 4.43
77 90 Taylor Hill 2015 3.75
78 90 Alex Wilson 2013 5.20
79 90 Rudy Owens 2014 7.94
80 90 Brad Mills 2011 9.82
81 90 L.J. Gagnier 2011 0.00 DNP
82 90 Phil Coke 2009 5.25
83 90 Ryan Mattheus 2010 0.00 DNP
84 90 Simon Castro 2014 0.00 DNP
85 90 Matt Magill 2016 0.00
86 90 Joseph Colon 2016 6.00
87 90 Steven Hensley 2013 0.00 DNP
88 90 Jack Egbert 2009 27.00
89 90 Francisco Rosario 2007 5.47
90 90 A.J. Schugel 2015 13.00
91 90 Shane Komine 2007 4.70
92 90 Graham Godfrey 2011 5.04
93 90 Ryan Edell 2010 0.00 DNP
94 90 Kyle Weiland 2013 0.00 DNP
95 90 Amalio Diaz 2013 0.00 DNP
96 90 Cody Martin 2016 4.18
97 90 Duane Below 2012 4.86
98 90 Cory Luebke 2011 3.48
99 90 Eric Hurley 2012 0.00 DNP
100 90 Chris Reed 2016 0.00 DNP

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2017 Due to publishing agreements, the 2017 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2017 book (available in hardcopy, and soon e-book and Kindle).
2016 The no. 43 pick in the 2012 draft, Johnson perhaps spent more time in the low minors than the Cubs originally envisioned. He will be 25 this year, yet will be getting his first taste of Triple-A hitting. Johnson struggles with his command and has sustained a variety of leg injuries. However, he has three solid pitches, including a possibly elite curveball, he has stymied hitters at every level he's visited and he has the ability to shore up the back end of the Cubs' rotation as soon as this year. Given all the negatives, Johnson is still very much a net positive in the Cubs' system.
2015 Johnson missed much of spring training with a hamstring issue, battled his control to the tune of a 21 percent walk rate in six starts, lost a month to a calf injury, then finally looked like himself on his return from that injury. He still walked too many batters, even throwing out the early part of the season, but the leg problems and the disruption they caused serve as a useful excuse. Johnson is also developing his cutter, which he had stopped using at the Cubs' behest while he worked on his changeup, but unleashed to great effect last year. Adding another weapon to his arsenal, which already includes a low-to-mid-90s fastball and plus slider, helps him make the case for a debut as early as midsummer 2015 if a rotation spot opens up.
2014 Former supplemental first-rounder Pierce Johnson put to rest injury concerns and used his low-90s fastball to strike out more than a batter per inning; if he can work the same voodoo against more advanced hitters this year, he just might grow into a mid-rotation workhorse.
2013 Pierce Johnson has top-of-the-rotation stuff but is injury prone, which is why he dropped to the supplemental rounds of the draft.

BP Articles

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2016-06-13 23:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Schwarber could be on Babe Ruth's level? Almora like a Ricky Henderson type? Pierce Johnson like a Greg Maddux. I really like these comps.
(BC from Urbandale)
Sure, why not. Year a the Cubs, baby. (Wilson Karaman)
2015-09-30 19:00:00 (link to chat)Do the Cubs still have a top 8 farm system?
(Randy from Iowa)
Yes and the emergence of Willson Contreras helps that out a lot. They have Gleyber Torres and Ian Happ in the farm to go along with some arms like Duane Underwood and Pierce Johnson. Opinions on Dylan Cease are mixed because of his command profile but the man throws in the upper 90's and I have heard reports that he was pressing 99 in a few starts. (Mauricio Rubio)
2015-09-30 19:00:00 (link to chat)Who says No? Cubs trade Castro, Alcantara and Pierce Johnson for Tyson Ross?
(Theo from Chicago)
Judging by the aggressive asking price I've heard around Tyson Ross I think it's possible the Padres already said no to this. (Mauricio Rubio)
2015-08-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Pierce Johnson has had many injuries the past couple of years though none arm related. If he shows he can stay healthy do you think he's an option as a 4th or 5th starter next year or does the Cubs keep him in AAA ?
(Chris from Gary, IN)
That's a pretty big if, Chris. That being said, the stuff is certainly there to be a backend starter. I think summer of '16 is a realistic landing period, but that's really going to depend on his health. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-04-13 15:00:00 (link to chat)Who's the first Cubs pitching prospect to reach the majors in a starting role?
(Grizz from Chi)
Man, if Pierce Johnson wasn't hurt I'd say it was him with a bullet. I think it still is him, as far as legit prospects go. Unless we're talking guys like Beeler and Jokisch who have already tasted time in the bigs. (Sahadev Sharma)
2014-11-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)How many of your NL Central Top 25 do you expect to make it on the top 100 list when BP publishes it? Average would be around 16 or 17 assuming talent is evenly distributed, right?
(Mike from Texas)
I did say I'd throw a top 25 NL Central Prospects list out there during this chat. With the understanding this is a work in progress (Mellen and I are starting to dig in on the framework for the Top 101), this is my own personal ranking of the prospects covered in our NL Central rankings:

1. SS Addison Russell
2. 3B Kris Bryant
3. RHP Robert Stephenson
4. OF Jorge Soler
5. OF Albert Almora
6. OF Stephen Piscotty
7. LHP Marco Gonzales
8. RHP Tyler Glasnow
9. RHP Jameson Taillon
10. OF Jesse Winker
11. OF/1B Josh Bell
12. RHP Alex Reyes
13. C Kyle Schwarber
14. RHP Michael Lorenzen
15. SS Orlando Arcia
16. OF Tyrone Taylor
17. OF Billy McKinney
18. RHP Pierce Johnson
19. SS Gleyber Torres
20. RHP Jack Flaherty
21. OF Yorman Rodriguez
22. C Reese McGuire
23. RHP Nick Howard
24. RHP Devin Williams
25. LHP Rob Kaminsky

I think all of those guys will be in the discussion for the 101, and expect there to be some shuffling in order of course. Definitely more than the average of 16 or 17. (NL Central Top 10s With Nick Faleris)
2014-09-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Looking at BP 101 SP available in my 16-team dynasty: Folty (RP?), Almonte, Stewart, Harvey, E. Rodriguez, Barnes, Chi Chi, Berrios, Tirado, Kingham, Enny Romero, Pierce Johnson, Thorpe. Daniel Norris is also available. I've focused on MLB this year; any of these guys (or guys not on the 101) decent risers this year? Struggling to merge them onto my draft board with the MLB SP like deGrom, Carrasco, Shoemaker, Roark, Keuchel, McHugh, Anderson, Fiers, etc. available. Any names jump out from this motley crew, MILB or MLB, as draft targets? If it matters, I finished 3rd and pick 14 of 16 so prefer near ETAs. Here's hoping #TINO shows no #slack this fall/winter. Thanks.
(JoJo from SD)
Take the MLBers. The order you have is good, too. TINO will be around all winter, but on an abbreviated schedule (twice a month) (Craig Goldstein)
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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Pierce Johnson has thrown 33 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system in 2017, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Spring Training. In 2017, he has relied primarily on his Curve (81mph) and Fourseam Fastball (92mph).