11/14/18 Scottsdale, AZ
There’s a reason the Arizona Fall League is called the “Hidden Gem” of baseball. Tickets are cheap, seats are plentiful, and the weather is beautiful. Meanwhile, some of baseball’s best players of the future are featured day in and day out. Each MLB organization sends a certain amount of players for about six weeks of extra work, and the reasons range: some have lost time due to injury or suspension, others are there to get a few more weeks of practice in on a specific skill, and a few are there to sub for players removed from the roster.
Sideline Sass MiLB correspondent Ally Williams caught up with San Francisco Giants prospect Chase Johnson, the right-handed pitcher from Fallbrook, California.
Chase Johnson missed nearly all of the 2017 season after Tommy John surgery, but returned to play this season, posting a 3.86 ERA in 18 appearances with Richmond. After giving up three runs in his first Arizona outing, Johnson threw eight scoreless innings through his next eight outings this fall. Johnson is already on the Giants 40-man roster, so they are certainly hoping he can be of service next season.
Check out what he had to say about his time in Arizona, overcoming his injuries and learn who his favorite ball players were as a kid.