Thursday, January 19, 2017

DrB's 2017 Giants Top 50 Prospects: #48 Chase Johnson

Chase Johnson, RHP.  DOB:  1/9/1992.  6'3", 185 lbs.  Drafted in 2013 Round 3 out of Cal Poly SLO.

2016:  1-4, 3.27, 52.1 IP, 3.10 BB/9, 6.36 K/9.

What a difference a day makes!  One day, Chase Johnson was one of the more promising SP prospects in the Giants system in AA.  The next, he was pitching out of the bullpen for the Richmond Flying Squirrels.  Not sure exactly why, but the Giants suddenly flipped Dan Slania and Chase Johnson with Big Dan moving into the rotation and Chase moving to the bullpen.  Johnson did eventually move into the closer role for Richmond and ended up with 5 Saves, but it may be ominous that he was shut down on August 7 but the Giants did add him to the 40 man roster for 2017.  Where does he get placed in 2017?

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