Chicago White Sox: Potential September call-ups?
By Brian Draus
Apr 17, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago White Sox hat in the dugout before the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
With September right around the corner, it is about time to discuss call-ups to the major league club. Unfortunately for the Chicago White Sox, 2015 will be the seventh consecutive year that they will miss the playoffs. While that is disappointing, it means the club can take a longer look at some of their prospects.
Here are some potential options.
Erik Johnson (RHP)
Feb 28, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; Chicago White Sox pitcher Erik Johnson poses for a portrait during photo day at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Johnson got a look with the White Sox at the end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014. While he had some bright spots in a couple seasons ago his velocity dropped considerably the following year, causing a major drop off in production.
While Johnson has spent all of this season in Triple-A, his velocity has returned not to mention his season has gone much better. His ERA was 6.73 in ’14, it has dropped to 2.38 this year. In two more appearances (20 to 22) Johnson’s win total has jumped from five to 10 from last year to this year with the Charlotte Knights.
With better control, returned velocity, and more confidence it would make sense to bring Johnson back to the majors for the first time in 2015 when September arrives.
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