Before he heads up to Chicago, White Sox prospect Erik Johnson will have to make some extra room in his luggage for some new hardware.
On Tuesday, the Sox pitching prospect was named the International League's Most Valuable Pitcher for his performance with the Charlotte Knights in 2015.
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The right-hander struggled in a five major-league outings in 2014 (1-1, 6.46 ERA), but Johnson bounced back in a big way this year. He recorded a 2.37 ERA over 132.2 innings with the Knights, leading the league in ERA, strikeouts (136) and WHIP (1.12).
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Johnson, who was one of the September call-ups for the White Sox, was selected in the second round of the 2011 MLB Draft out of Cal-Berkeley. He's the first Knight to win the award since Heath Phillips in 2006.
The 25-year old was also named to the International League's Postseason All-Star Team, the first time Charlotte has had a pitcher selected since 2009 (Carlos Torres).
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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