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Braves’ Jim Johnson Named National League Player of the Week

Carlos Correa


Press Release/8-1-2016/MLB

Relief pitcher Jim Johnson of the Atlanta Braves has been named the National League Player of the Week for the week ending July 31st.  The announcement was made on Monday on MLB Network.

Johnson was tied for the Major League lead in saves last week, converting each of his four save opportunities while not allowing a run over his 4 innings pitched (0.00 ERA).  The right-hander held opponents to just one hit and issued only two walks last week while retiring five of the 14 batters he faced by way of strikeout.

On Tuesday, Johnson recorded his third save of the season with a perfect ninth inning, preserving a 2-0 victory at Minnesota.  The 33-year old induced a groundball out from Twins outfielder Max Kepler and got designated hitter Kennys  Vargas to fly out to center before fanning outfielder Eddie Rosario to end the game.  He also did well on Wednesday’s game, sending the Twins down in order to earn the save.  This was the first time this season that Johnson converted saves in back to back outing’s.  He would go on to record his third straight save on Friday against the Phillies, which was his 5th save of the year.  On Sunday he added his 6th save of the season against the Phillies’ and ended the game by striking out catcher Carlos Ruiz to end the game.

This is Johnson’s first career Player of the Week honor, who has played in parts of 11 Major League Seasons.  He was the first reliever to be named NL Player of the Week since Miami’s Steve Cishek was named for the week of July 21-27, 2014.

Other noteworthy performances last week included Then Cincinnati Reds player Jay Bruce (4 HR, 7 RBI, .762 SLG); Colorodo’s Carlos Gonzalez (.301, HR, 8 RBI, .577 SLG); Miami’s Matin Prado (.346, 9 H, 2 HR, 8 RBI, .692 SLG); Neil Walker (.545, 12 H, HR, 5 RBI, .818 SLG) of the New York Mets; Milwaukee’s Chase Anderson (2-0, 1.80 ERA, 12 SO, 10.0 IP); and Pittsburgh’s Gerrit Cole (1-0, 1.00 ERA, CG, 6 SO, 9.0 IP).