Pierce Johnson
Pierce Johnson Hanshin Tigers at Tokyo Dome.jpg
Johnson with the Hanshin Tigers in 2019
San Diego Padres – No. 36
Born: (1991-05-10) May 10, 1991 (age 31)
Denver, Colorado
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Professional debut
MLB: May 19, 2017, for the Chicago Cubs
NPB: March 29, 2019, for the Hanshin Tigers
MLB statistics
(through April 15, 2022)
Win–loss record9–8
Earned run average4.03
NPB statistics
(through 2019 season)
Win–loss record2–3
Earned run average1.38
Career highlights and awards

Pierce William Johnson (born May 10, 1991) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has played in MLB for the Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants and for the Hanshin Tigers of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB). He was drafted by the Cubs in the first round of the 2012 Major League Baseball draft out of Missouri State University.

Amateur career

Johnson was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 15th round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft out of Faith Christian Academy in Arvada, Colorado after playing three seasons of varsity baseball. He did not sign and attended Missouri State University. He finished his first year at Missouri State with a 6–5 record to go along with a 4.76 ERA in 75.2 IP. In 2010 and 2011, he played collegiate summer baseball with the Harwich Mariners of the Cape Cod Baseball League.[1][2]

Professional career

Chicago Cubs

Johnson was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the first round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft.[3][4]

In 2013, he went 11–6 with a 2.74 earned run average and 124 strikeouts in 118 innings pitched.[5] Prior to the 2014 season, he was ranked by Baseball America as the 87th best prospect in baseball.[6] The Cubs added him to their 40-man roster after the 2015 season.[7] Johnson spent 2014 with both the Kane County Cougars and the Tennessee Smokies where he posted a 5–5 record with a 2.54 ERA. Johnson stayed with the Smokies during the 2015 season, where he posted a 6–2 record with a 2.08 ERA, holding batters to a .223 batting average. After his success in Tennessee, Johnson was promoted to the Triple-A Iowa Cubs, where he posted a 4–6 record with a 6.14 ERA.[8]

San Francisco Giants

On September 20, 2017, Johnson was claimed off waivers by the San Francisco Giants.[9] He elected free agency on November 3, 2018.

Hanshin Tigers

On December 8, 2018, Johnson signed with the Hanshin Tigers of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB).[10] On December 2, 2019, he become free agent.[11]

San Diego Padres

On December 23, 2019, Johnson signed a two-year contract which includes a third-year club option with the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball (MLB).[12] In his first season with San Diego, Johnson recorded 27 strikeouts in 20 innings.


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  3. ^ "Cubs start restocking pitchers in Draft". Chicago.cubs.mlb.com. May 24, 2013. Retrieved November 20, 2013.
  4. ^ "Missouri State's Johnson ready for big leagues". Foxsportsmidwest.com. June 5, 2012. Retrieved November 20, 2013.
  5. ^ "Former MSU pitcher climbing ranks of Cubs organization". News-leader.com. Retrieved November 20, 2013.
  6. ^ "Top 100 MLB Prospects 2014".
  7. ^ "Cubs make roster moves for Rule 5 Draft". MLB.com.
  8. ^ "Pierce Johnson Stats, Highlights, Bio - MiLB.com Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com.
  9. ^ Adams, Steve (September 20, 2017). "Giants Claim Pierce Johnson Off Waivers, Transfer Brandon Belt To 60-Day DL". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved September 20, 2017.
  10. ^ Adams, Steve (December 7, 2018). "Minor MLB Transactions: 12/7/18". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  11. ^ "2019年度 自由契約選手". NPB.jp 日本野球機構 (in Japanese). Retrieved December 22, 2019.
  12. ^ "Padres Sign RHP Pierce Johnson To Two-year Contract". FriarWire. December 23, 2019. Retrieved December 23, 2019.