Johnson, Kris ジョンソン (じょんそん)
Hiroshima Carp | #42 | P
Born: 10/13/1984 (age 35)
Height: 193cm
Weight: 93kg
Bats: L
Throws: L
Blood Type: N/A
History: ウィチタ州立大-パイレーツ-ツインズ
Roster Changes: removed 09/24/2016, added 10/11/2016

[1/31/2019] Kris Johnson gets another year with Hiroshima

The Hiroshima Carp announced that they signed Kris Johnson through to 2020. Johnson will be in the final year of a three-year contract this season. The new contract is a one-year deal worth an estimated 2.5 million US dollars plus incentives. The deal also includes a signing bonus worth an estimated 500,000 US dollars.

Source: Daily Sports 1/31/2019, Sponichi 1/31/2019, Nikkan Sports 1/31/2019, Sanspo 1/31/2019


Kris Johnson: Did You Know



July 5 vs Yakult at Mazda Stadium – Johnson picked up the win and notched the fortieth victory of his Carp career. His forty wins tied Bryan Bullington’s Carp record for wins by a foreign player.

Source: Sponichi 7/5/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/5/2018, Sports Hochi 7/4/2018

August 28 vs Hiroshima at Tokyo Dome – Johnson extended his winning streak to eight and set a new Carp record for foreign pitchers. The previous record was set by Bryan Bullington in 2013. Johnson also set a new Carp record for foreign pitchers with the third double-digit win of his NPB career (fourteen in 2015, fifteen in 2016, and ten so far in 2018).

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/29/2018, Sponichi 8/29/2018


[5/18/2018] Kris Johnson to temporarily return to US for birth of first child

The Hiroshima Carp announced on May 18 that Kris Johnson will be returning to the United States on May 19 for the birth of his first child. He is scheduled to return on May 30.

Source: Sanspo 5/18/2018, Daily Sports 5/18/2018

[UPDATE 6/4 @ 3:44am]

Johnson returned to Japan on May 30. He started a Ni-gun game against Chunichi on June 3 and gave up two runs on five hits over four innings. He threw seventy-one pitches, faced eighteen batters, struck out six, and topped out at 148km/h. He could rejoin the Ichi-gun team in time for the Rakuten series that begins on June 8.

Source: Daily Sports 6/3/2018


[12/27/2017] Hiroshima Carp finalize 2018 contracts for Johnson, Eldred, Batista, and Mejia

The Hiroshima Carp announced that they finalized the 2018 contracts for the following four players:

Salaries are estimates.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/27/2017


[10/25/2017] Hiroshima Carp: foreign player status

The media learned that the Hiroshima Carp are not planning to offer twenty-eight-year-old Bradin Hagens a contract for 2018. The Carp are also not planning to offer new contracts to thirty-year-old Ryan Brasier and thirty-two-year-old Ramiro Pena. Hiroshima will most likely make a decision on twenty-nine-year-old Jay Jackson after seeing what else is available.

Thirty-three-year-old Kris Johnson will be in the second year of a three-contract next year. Thirty-seven-year-old Brad Eldred will be in the second year of a two-year contract. The Carp locked up twenty-five-year-old Xavier Batista and twenty-four-year-old Alejandro Mejia to six-year contracts this year.

Source: Chunichi Sports 10/25/2017, Sports Hochi 10/25/2017, Nikkan Sports 10/25/2017, Daily Sports 10/25/2017, Daily Sports 10/25/2017, Sponichi 10/25/2017

[UPDATE 11/2 @ 3:43pm]

The Carp announced on November 1 that they were not going to offer Hagens, Brasier, and Pena contracts for the 2018 season.

Source: Sanspo 11/1/2017

[UPDATE 11/3 @ 8:55pm]

Jackson returned home on November 3.

Source: Daily Sports 11/3/2017

[UPDATE 11/4 @ 1:45pm]

Jackson would like to return to Hiroshima next year. He is apparently open to playing for other NPB teams, if it comes down to that.

Source: Sponichi 11/4/2017, Daily Sports 11/4/2017Sports Hochi 11/4/2017

[UPDATE 11/22 @ 1:10am]

Batista and Mejia left Japan on November 21 for the Dominican Republic.

Source: Daily Sports 11/21/2017


[9/20/2017] Kris Johnson taken off active roster

Kris Johnson did not participate in practices at Mazda Stadium on September 19. He was seen leaving the stadium with a team trainer. Johnson was taken off the active roster today.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/20/2017, Sanspo 9/20/2017


[7/23/2017] Kris Johnson taken off active roster with hamstring injury

Kris Johnson was taken off the active roster on July 23 with an injury to his left hamstring. He suffered the injury while running during practices on July 22. He will most likely require about three weeks of medical treatment. He began rehabbing at the San-gun facilities on July 23.

Source: Tokyo Sports 7/23/2017, Nikkan Sports 7/23/2017, Sports Hochi 7/23/2017, Daily Sports 7/23/2017

[UPDATE 7/25 @ 12:15am]

Johnson did some light running at Mazda Stadium on July 24. He also played some catch — forty throws at a distance of about twenty meters.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/25/2017

[UPDATE 7/31 @ 4:07pm]

Johnson tossed a bullpen session at the Ono indoor training facilities on July 30. He threw forty-two pitches to a squatting catcher. It was his second session since he was taken off the active roster on July 23.

Source: Daily Sports 7/31/2017

[UPDATE 8/11 @ 11:45pm]

Johnson started a Ni-gun game against Softbank today. He gave up five runs on five hits over three innings of work. He threw eighty-two pitches and walked three.

Source: Sponichi 8/11/2017


[4/5/2017] Kris Johnson taken off the active roster

Kris Johnson was taken off the active roster today because he was not feeling well (sore throat). He first started feeling sick on April 3 and was examined at a hospital in Hiroshima. He rested at home and did not attend practices yesterday or today (April 4, 5).

Source: Daily Sports 4/5/2017

[UPDATE 4/19 @ 4:10pm]

Johnson has not resumed practices and is still resting at home. He has been going to a hospital for tests and treatment because of a prolonged fever. Once he is ready, he will resume practices at San-gun.

Source: Tokyo Sports 4/19/2017

[UPDATE 4/23 @ 6:39pm]

Johnson resumed workouts at the Ono facilities on April 22. He threw the ball about thirty times during a came of catch. His doctor game him the green light on April 21.

Source: Sponichi 4/23/2017

[UPDATE 5/13 @ 5:35pm]

Johnson tossed a bullpen session today. Ko Shimozuru and Shohei Habu stood in the batter’s box. It was his fourth session since he got hurt. He might be ready to toss outdoor batting practice some time next week. If there are no problems, he will move on to pitching in a Ni-gun game. He will slowly increase his workload and could rejoin the team in time for Inter-league play.

Source: Daily Sports 5/13/2017

[UPDATE 5/16 @ 6:25pm]

Johnson tossed batting practice at Mazda Stadium today. He faced thirteen hitters (including Tetsuya Kokubo, Sohichiro Amaya, and Shota Dobayashi), threw fifty-five pitches, allowed two to three could-be hits, walked two, struck out one, and topped out at 142km/h. His next goal will be to pitch three innings in a Ni-gun rehab game.

Source: Sanspo 5/16/2017, Tokyo Sports 5/16/2017, Daily Sports 5/16/2017

[UPDATE 5/20 @ 4:43pm and 11:41pm]

Johnson started in a Ni-gun game against Orix on May 20. He did not allow any runs over 3.2 innings of work. He threw forty-nine pitches, gave up two hits, struck out four, and topped out at 142km/h.

Source: Daily Sports 5/20/2017, Nikkan Sports 5/20/2017

[UPDATE 6/2 @ 10:55pm]

Johnson pitched in his third rehab game at Ni-gun today. He started a game against Orix and gave up two runs on four hits over 6.2 innings of work. He threw 111 pitches, struck out five, and topped out at 146km/h. He could join the Ichi-gun team tomorrow and could get a start on June 9 against Rakuten.

Source: Daily Sports 6/2/2017


[10/24/2016] Kris Johnson wins Sawamura Award

Kris Johnson was selected as this year’s Sawamura Award winner during a selection meeting that took place a hotel in Tokyo on October 24. Johnson is the first foreign pitcher to win the award since Gene Bacque in 1964.

Johnson met four of the seven suggested criteria for the Sawamura Award.

Tomoyuki Sugano (189 strikeouts, 2.01 ERA, twenty-six outings, .600 WPCT), Yusuke Nomura (sixteen wins, twenty-five outings, .842 WPCT), and Ayumu Ishikawa (2.16 ERA, .737 WPCT) were also considered, but the committee went with Johnson because he kept his spot in the rotation and was instrumental in Hiroshima’s success this season. The committee also considered passing on a selection this year.

Selection committee members told the media they were at a point where they needed to make adjustments to the criteria (like complete games and innings) based on the way pitches are now used.

Selection committee members: Tsuneo Horiuchi, Masaji Hiramatsu, Choji Murata, Manabu Kitabeppu, and Hisashi Yamada

Source: NPB announcement, Nikkan Sports 10/24/2016, NHK News 10/24/2016, Sponichi 10/24/2016


[7/5/2016] Kris Johnson was also considered for the All-Star series

Mitsuru Manaka asked the Hiroshima Carp about Kris Johnson for the All-Star series and was told that it would be difficult for the pitcher to participate in the games because he was not in great shape.

Source: Sanspo 7/5/2016