The Minnesota Twins have purchased the contract of Traverse City Beach Bums All-Star closer D.J. Johnson, signing him to a two-year deal. The Twins will be the third affiliated organization for Johnson.
The 24-year-old has been dominant as the closer for Traverse City this season, posting a 1.30 ERA in 24 innings while saving a career-high 14 games. Johnson added depth and deception to his slider in the middle of the year to go alongside his mid-90's fastball. The combo led to 28 strikeouts in his 24 innings, a career-high 11.5 strikeouts per nine innings. His 14 saves rank fourth in the Frontier League at the time of his signing with Minnesota.
Johnson also earned his first professional All-Star honor this year, and retired both batters he faced in the Frontier League All-Star Game on July 15.