Jim Johnson
Jim Johnson

Jim Johnson (RP)

Atlanta Braves

Bats: R   Throws: R

Braves scribe David O'Brien states it best, "Johnson had a 3.11 ERA and 19 saves in 64 appearances this season before Sunday, with 66 strikeouts and 20 walks in 63 2/3 innings. He thrived after moving from a setup role back to full-time closer in the second half of the season, following the early season trade of Jason Grilli and a later injury to rookie Arodys Vizcaino." O'Brien also notes that Johnson's veteran presence is appreciated and valued highly by the team. (Source: David O'Brien/AJC)

Fantasy Impact: Johnson is slated to start 2017 as the Braves closer and should be considered for a roster spot on fantasy teams. The Braves have built excitement around their rebuild and should be more competitive next year.

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It was a dramatic finish at Citi Field Wednesday night as Ender Inciarte robbed Yoenis Cespedes of a three-run walkoff homer to cap a three-game sweep of the Mets by the Braves. In the process, Jim Johnson earned his 17th save by pitching a tension-filled ninth culminated by the Cespedes at-bat.

Fantasy Impact: Johnson is an improbable hero of sorts because he started the season almost as an afterthought, a guy sure to be traded by the deadline, certainly not someone who you would suspect would be so consistently good. Kudos to fantasy owners who picked him up, most of you desperately seeking saves, while the rest of us snickered. We're no longer snickering. The veteran is enjoying a nice bounce-back year and is set to be a free-agent for 2017.

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Johnson produced a flawless ninth inning Sunday, striking out all three batters he faced to seal the team's sixth straight victory and notch his 15th save of the season.

Fantasy Impact: It's an unlikely story but Johnson has quickly become a story as he has taken an opportunity offered by Arodys Vizcaino's injury and seized full-time closing duties for the team. And he will be the guy the rest of the way more than likely as the Braves are unlikely to put Viz in any high-leverage situations even if he returns from the DL with shoulder inflammation.

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The Braves must be pretty happy they have not dealt Johnson to another team because he is saving crucial games for them with Arodys Vizcaino still trying to work through some issues. Johnson recorded his 13th save of the season Saturday against the Giants and did so in convincing form. He faced the minimum three batters in the ninth and is becoming very efficient with the closing duties.

Fantasy Impact: The Braves are happy he is still around to nail the saves and are just letting Vizcaino ease back without any kind of timetable. This seems to be working for everybody except Vizcaino's owners.

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Johnson has been on fire lately, having saved seven of his last eight games, and, in that span, allowing only two hits and no runs. Tonight, Johnson pitched the 12th inning, allowing one hit while striking out two and securing another victory for the surprisingly resilient Braves.

Fantasy Impact: For those that picked Johnson up when Arodys Vizcaino went on the DL, these are happy times. With Vizcaino likely out another 10-14 days, hopefully the good times can continue. When Viz returns look for him to be on somewhat of a shorter leash, considering Johnson's recent success.

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Coach Brian Snitker opted to go with Johnson for the save Sunday over Arodys Vizcaino and some thought that Viz was in the doghouse after hitting a rough patch but Snitker quieted the rumors after revealing that Viz had a rash on his elbow and they were just giving him rest and most importantly, that he would be back in the closer's role come Friday, when play resumes after the all-star break. Today, Johnson allowed only one base hit in the ninth and saved the game for Mike Foltynewicz and the team.

Fantasy Impact: Johnson holds little value for most fantasy rosters and should be used sparingly in others. His prime has passed and he is used in the seventh and eighth innings to bolster a young starting rotation. He may grab an occasional hold or save but not enough to warrant a roster spot.

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Johnson appeared in the eighth inning and allowed one hit and two runs in 2/3 of an inning. He recorded one strikeout and allowed one walk. The runners scored on a Bryce Harper double off of Eric O'Flaherty, who had replaced Johnson.

Fantasy Impact: Johnson is having difficulty with his effectiveness this year and holds no fantasy value in any format.

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Johnson was called into service to replace Dan Winkler, who fractured his elbow while pitching in the seventh inning of Sunday's game. It didn't go well. He allowed three hits and two runs while striking out two and walking one in 1 1/3 innings.

Fantasy Impact: Johnson has been on the downside of his career for some time but he can pitch better than this. Still, he is best left on the waiver wire but can be a source of Holds from time to time on an extremely woeful team.

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Jim Johnson notched his first save as a Dodger Thursday against the Reds. He did not allow a hit, walk, or strikeout anyone. 8-of-12 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: Johnson was given the save opportunity because Kenley Jansen had pitched two consecutive days, with his last outing requiring over 20 pitches.

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Jim Johnson became the first Dodgers reliever since 1933 to allow 8+ runs in an inning or less. Johnson allowed eight earned runs on six hits, walked one, and struck out one in 2/3 of an inning. 20-of-33 pitches were thrown for strikes. (Source: Andrew Simon on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Since arriving in LA, Johnson has allowed 12 earned runs in 3 2/3 innings. Nothing more needs to be said.

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Jim Johnson traded to Dodgers

Thu, Jul 30th 8:10am EDT
By Roy Widrig

The Dodgers acquired a big bullpen piece in a massive trade on Wednesday night, landing Jim Johnson and Alex Wood from the Braves, along with Mat Latos and Michael Morse from the Marlins.

Fantasy Impact: Johnson will not close any games in Los Angeles with Kenley Jansen around. He is expected to set-up for Jansen, so expect his saves to drop to zero and his holds to once again be commonplace.

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Jim Johnson allowed two hits and the game-tying run on Monday night versus the Orioles,

Fantasy Impact: This was Johnson's fourth blown save of the season, and it came at the hand of some timely hitting on behalf of the Orioles. Johnson will look to bounce back in his next appearance, which may or may not be with the Braves - and this outing certainly did not help his trade value.

Jim Johnson allowed only a hit in the ninth inning on Sunday, securing his ninth save of the season versus the St. Louis Cardinals.

Fantasy Impact: Johnson saved teammate Matt Wisler's fifth win, but it seems unlikely that they'll be teammates by the end of the week with the trade deadline approaching. It is likely that wherever Johnson is headed, he will not be in line to close games, but rather return to a set-up role.

Jim Johnson pitched a clean ninth inning on Tuesday, converting his eighth save of the season.

Fantasy Impact: It was a clean inning and nothing more - no strikeouts, hits or walks. He's more than lived up to the demands of the closer role since the Braves lost Jason Grilli, but he's also done this before.

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Johnson had a rocky ninth inning giving up three hits and an earned run, yet closed out the Braves' 7-5 win over the Dodgers.

Fantasy Impact: Stepping in for the injured Jason Grilli, Johnson has settled down this year with a 2.21 ERA. He gives up the occasional long-ball and often makes the ninth inning interesting. However, he will continue to receive the save opportunities in Atlanta.

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Jim Johnson recorded a strikeout in the Braves win on Friday, notching his first save since closer Jason Grilli went down with an Achilles injury last Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: It was save number six on the season for Johnson, a number which should steadily rise. His ERA so far in 2015 sits at a beautiful 2.05 and and he could very likely be a trade chip here in the final half of the season.

Jim Johnson will be first in line to close games for Atlanta for the rest of the season after Jason Grilli ruptured his achilles tendon covering first base Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Jim Johnson becomes fantasy-relevant immediately as he moves from a holds guy to a closer, and should begin amassing saves after the All-Star Break. Johnson has been very good in 2015 but has had well-documented struggles as a closer in the past.

Jim Johnson records 20th hold

Tue, Jul 7th 8:19am EDT
By Roy Widrig

Jim Johnson continued to pile up the holds on Monday, adding his 20th in the Braves win over Milwaukee.

Fantasy Impact: Johnson allowed one walk but there was no damage done. His ERA is a very nice 2.14 as he continues to rebuild his value and reputation which was destroyed in Oakland.

Braves reliever Jim Johnson tossed two scoreless innings on Friday, allowing two hits and a walk and striking out one.

Fantasy Impact: His innings weren't very clean and he didn't receive a decision of any sort, but owners were probably happy with the two scoreless innings. Appearances like this may help his trading stock as the Braves continue to fall out of contention and become sellers.

Jim Johnson pitched a scoreless ninth on Sunday, recording his fourth save of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Jason Grilli has been facing a huge workload of late, and this move by Fredi Gonzalez was likely just to give him a break. Johnson let two runners on base in the top of the ninth but induced Michael Cuddyer hitting into a double play to end the game.

Jim Johnson pitched a scoreless eighth inning for Atlanta on Saturday, recording his 17th hold of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Holds are often less predictable than saves, as the eighth inning is often more stressful than the ninth. Jim Johnson has excelled in his role in 2015 aside from a few significant blow ups. However, if you're in a league that counts holds, Jim Johnson is a safer bet than others.

Jim Johnson received a win on Tuesday night, pitching one inning and allowing one walk in the Braves come-from-behind win against the Padres.

Fantasy Impact: No hold for Johnson tonight, but fantasy owners with Johnson rostered were awarded with a rare win from their reliever. Johnson is now 2-3 on the season.

Jim Johnson blows another save

Sun, Jun 7th 8:43am EDT
By Roy Widrig

Jim Johnson recorded blown save number three on the season on Saturday, allowing two inherited runners to score to tie the game in the eighth inning.

Fantasy Impact: Johnson made it through the inning cleanly after the two runs, much to the chagrin of Braves starter Julio Teheran. Surprisingly, Jim Johnson's numbers aren't awful at this point, with this being only his third blown save and placing his ERA at 3.20, likely because the runs he is allowing are other Braves pitcher's runs. He is still valuable in holds leagues, as he has 13.

Jim Johnson contributed another poor outing on Wednesday, inheriting the tying run on base and allowing him to score before allowing the go-ahead run.

Fantasy Impact: That makes two poor outings in his last three after a string of nine quality outings. Currently, Johnson doesn't have much value outside of leagues that count holds, and if he's putting up losses instead of wins on top of those holds, he'll start to drain points from your bullpen.

Jim Johnson had a poor outing Friday, surrendering two runs on two hits and two walks to the Giants.

Fantasy Impact: That's far too many base runners, and Johnson paid for his poor outing, though starter Mike Foltynewicz was saddled with the loss as San Francisco never relinquished the lead after the first inning. If you're waiting for Jason Grilli to falter and Jim Johnson to take over the closer role, that's been set back a bit.

Jim Johnson continued his improved play, tossing a scoreless eighth inning and recording two strikeouts en route to a Braves win on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Johnson has pitched better than Braves closer Jason Grilli in 2015 (who allowed a two baserunners but no runs in his inning yesterday), but until Grilli piles up a few blown saves in a row, seems to be safe in his role. Still, Johnson is providing plenty of fantasy value in leagues which count holds (he has 12 already), and could find himself as a closer around the trade deadline, whether it's for the Braves or another team.

Coach Fredi Gonzalez indicated that he chose to give Grilli another day of recovery when asked why Jim Johnson came on in the ninth to notch his second save of the season. He had 13 pitches in the inning and eight were for strikes. He recorded one strikeout and allowed one hit.

Fantasy Impact: It'll be back to normal tomorrow, with Grilli handling the closing duties and Johnson the set-up duties. Johnson owners are thrilled he did well tonight and know their guy is capable of stepping up when needed.

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Jim Johnson pitched a scoreless eighth inning Tuesday night, recording one strikeout and no hits or walks. It was Johnson's seventh hold of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Normally this would not be news-worthy, but what happened in the ninth makes it so. With a two-run lead in the ninth, Jason Grilli allowed two base runners before facing ex-Brave Dan Uggla, who hit a towering shot to take the lead. It was only Grilli's first blown save of 2015 - but the Braves bullpen has a chance to be a volatile place without Craig Kimbrel holding down the fort. Keep an eye on this situation.

He continues to struggle. Tonight, he pitched 2/3 of an inning and allowed two hits, one run, and three walks. There were no strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: He has shown brief flashes of the old Jim Johnson, but these struggles have now spanned a long period and it's obvious he has no fantasy value unless he does an absolute turnaround.

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He pitched the eighth and allowed two runs on three hits, one of which was a homer to Jose Bautista. Johnson has struggled in his last two appearances, and carries a .491 ERA into tomorrow.

Fantasy Impact: Johnson should not be owned until he has regained his status as a consistent pitcher. Remember, this is a reclamation project, so don't expect much.

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It took 16 pitches to get through the ninth inning, but 11 of those were strikes, and he held the Mets scoreless in the final frame. A few of his pitches were a little wild but it is good that Johnson is working to recover from a disappointing 2014.

Fantasy Impact: Johnson will serve mostly in the setup role for Jason Grilli this year. He and the Braves had to be encouraged by the results tonight. He is only useful in leagues that reward Holds for now.

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The entire Braves bullpen, Avilan, Johnson, and Grilli pitched very well and were instrumental in today's victory. Johnson had 18 pitches, 10 for strikes while striking out one in 1.1 innings today. He has settled into his setup role quickly and in excellent fashion.

Fantasy Impact: Johnson still needs to prove himself a bit before you pick him up but keep an eye on him if you need Holds. He is still working through issues and trying to rekindle those days of nastiness.

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The Braves named Jim Johnson as their setup man today, one day after Craig Kimbrel was sent to San Diego. Johnson has sputtered a bit after finding some semblance of success in Baltimore during the 2012 and 2013 campaigns. (Source: David O'Brien on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Johnson is still trying to find his rhythm and should be left on the waiver wire until he proves he can consistently produce quality results. He is only 31, and the Braves are hoping he finds his groove pretty quickly. He will also serve as closer when Jason Grilli is not available.