Erik Johnson’s first two outings didn’t give White Sox manager Robin Ventura a chance to properly evaluate the young right-hander.
A combination of shoddy defense high pitch counts and zero offense limited Johnson’s chances of pitching competitively.
But White Sox catcher Bryan Anderson knows all about the team’s top pitching prospect after he caught him a half-dozen times at Triple-A this season.
Even though Johnson picked up his first major league win in a 12-1 White Sox victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field Anderson said the rookie pitcher has only started to show his ability. Johnson struck out eight in six shutout innings.
“That was only a little sample of what his real potential is” Anderson said. “Most nights his slider/cutter is really effective and his changeup is usually pretty good too. (Monday) we mostly stuck with fastball curveball. All four of his pitches are really good and he doesn’t give in.”
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