Johansen signed a minor-league contract with the White Sox on Tuesday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports. The former second-round draft pick was released by the Nationals earlier in May after struggling to a 6.17 ERA in 11.2 innings at the Double-A level. Johansen will likely report to Double-A Birmingham to try to revive his career in a new organization, although he'll need to work on commanding his 100 mph fastball and his secondary offerings if he wants to move up the organizational ladder any time soon.
Johansen was released by the Nationals on Tuesday, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports. Johansen was selected by the Nationals in the second round of the 2013 draft. The 2017 campaign marked the first time that he moved beyond the High-A level, as he opened the season at Double-A Harrisburg. Over 11.2 innings (10 games) he allowed eight runs on 11 hits and eight walks.
Nationals starting pitcher prospect Jake Johansen continued his stellar start to his pro career Monday, tossing a career-best five scoreless innings for Class A Auburn. The 2013 second-round pick (68th overall) is 0-1 with a 0.99 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and .125 opponents' batting average in seven starts. Johansen has struck out 28 batters in 27 1/3 innings, but he has had some command issues, walking 14 batters.
Nationals 2013 first-round draft pick Jake Johansen has impressed in his brief professional debut. Through four starts, Johansen has a 0.71 ERA in 12 2/3 innings. He has 13 strikeouts and 10 walks over those starts. The team used Johansen slowly during his first two starts, but he's increased his workload and has been able to go at least four innings in his last two appearances. Johansen is pitching for the short-season Auburn Doubledays, and is still a long way from making his big-league debut.
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