MINNEAPOLIS — White Sox Triple-A pitcher Erik Johnson is doing his best to recapture the organization’s attention.
In the midst of an outstanding comeback season, the right-hander was named the International League player of the week on Monday.
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Johnson — who entered 2014 as the No. 2 prospect in the organization but was sent to Triple-A after a rough April — struck out 20 batters in 14 scoreless innings over his last two starts.
The right-hander saw an increase in velocity over 2014 in February and looked good early in spring training only to have a rib cage injury sideline him for the start of the season. But Johnson has picked it up of late and is 6-5 with a 3.00 ERA in 14 games (13 starts). Over his last five starts, Johnson has a 1.03 ERA with 39 strikeouts in 35 innings. He has allowed 26 hits and walked five batters.
In this episode of the SportsTalk Live Podcast, Danny Parkins (670 The Score), Chris Bleck (ESPN 1000) and Scott King (WGN Radio) join David Kaplan on the panel.
Ryan Pace’s offseason begins. Josh Sitton and Jerrell Freeman are gone, but what will he do with Kyle Fuller?
Plus, Rick Hahn joins Kap from Glendale, Ariz., to discuss the state of the White Sox rebuild, how tough it is to keep their best prospects in the minors and why Jose Abreu is so important for his young team?
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The White Sox three outfield prospects are creating a lot of buzz at spring training.
On this edition of the podcast, Micker Adolfo tells Chuck Garfien about a conversation they all had about one day becoming the starting outfield for the White Sox. Adolfo talks about his longtime friendship with Eloy Jimenez, his impressions of Luis Robert, Luis Basabe and the White Sox future.
But first, it's a conversation with MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez who has great insight on many of the White Sox players: Jimenez, Robert, Yoan Moncada and Jose Abreu. He tells an amazing story about why Jimenez decided to sign with the Cubs when he was a teenager, how much Abreu is revered in Cuba and much more.
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