DES MOINES - The Chicago Cubs recalled right-hand pitcher Pierce Johnson from the Iowa Cubs, the club announced today. This is the first major league call-up for Johnson, who has been on the Cubs 40-man roster since November 20, 2015.
Johnson, 26, took on a closing role for the I-Cubs this season and converted four of five save opportunities. He is 2-0 with a 3.21 ERA (5ER/14.0IP), 11 walks and 21 strikeouts in 12 games for Iowa. Nine of Johnson's outings have been scoreless.
The righty had been a starter throughout his professional career before a mid-season move to the bullpen in 2016 while with Iowa. In 23 games since, Johnson is 5-0 with a 3.22 ERA (13ER/36.1IP), 24 walks and 56 strikeouts.
Chicago selected Johnson 43rd overall in the 2012 draft out of Missouri State University. He was recognized as a Cubs top prospect prior to the season by Baseball America (19) and MLB.com (24).
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