As the Chicago baseball season comes to a sad, cialis sorry end, ailment we figured we’d HAM Hunt of the diamonds one last time before it’s too late. As White Sox fans know all too well, this season has been a disaster for the south siders. Even the Soxs’ normally reliable rotation came up short in a season we would all rather forget.
With each forgetful MLB season comes fresh prospects that hope to be the difference makers in the seasons ahead. Our HAM of the Week is one of these silver linings in an otherwise cloudy future of the Chicago White Sox.
Erik Johnson is a 23-year old right handed pitcher from California and is one of the best pitchers in the minor league system. Johnson pitched for the University of California-Berkeley and was drafted in the second round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft by the Sox.
The sandy-haired, blue-eyed Johnson just got the call-up in early September and had his major league debut in none other than Yankee Stadium. Really, no pressure kid.
Johnson’s debut in the Bronx and his following start against Detroit did not go smoothly with both starts falling in the long string of recent Sox losses. However, it was the six shut-out innings he pitched where he struck out eight in the Sox 12-1 rout of the Twins this weekend that got people talking about the promising young pitcher once again.
For more information on Johnson’s minor league activity and what to watch for, check out SB Nation’s Minor League Ball profile on Johnson and check out the below video for an in-depth look at the 6-3 235 lb. workhorse.
After the disastrous season, the Sox will definitely be making some sweeping changes this offseason in order to make room for some new talent and provide opportunity for their young prospects, like Johnson, to be difference makers in the upcoming season.
Watch for Johnson to be a strong contender for one of the rotation positions in 2014.