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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Former Cal Poly pitcher Chase Johnson has been promoted to Richmond of the Double-A Eastern League following a 14-strikeout performance last Friday.
Relieving starter Tim Hudson, who pitched the first three innings in a rehab assignment for the San Jose Giants, Johnson allowed only three hits and a walk over six innings as San Jose silenced Lancaster, 3-0, at Municipal Stadium in San Jose.
Appearing in relief for only the sixth time in his professional career and the first time since April 16, Johnson struck out the side in the fourth, fifth and seventh frames to break double-digit strikeouts for the first time in his career. The 2013 third-round pick followed it up by striking out two more in the eighth.
Johnson, 8-3 with a 2.43 ERA at San Jose, was promoted to Richmond and will make his Double-A debut Thursday night against Binghamton.
Meanwhile, third baseman Brent Morel has gone 10-for-23 (.435) over his last six games at Nashville with four doubles and four RBI, lifting his average to .270.
Joey Wagman has earned victories in each of his three August starts at Beloit and is 7-2 with a 3.50 ERA.
Cal Poly has three players currently in the Major Leagues — outfielder Logan Schafer with the Milwaukee Brewers, Casey Fien with the Minnesota Twins and Bud Norris with San Diego. Pitcher Kevin Correia was designated for assignment by the Philadelphia Phillies on July 7 and is on the reserve roster for Lehigh Valley while Morel played three games with Pittsburgh before the Pirates designated him for assignment July 25. He signed a minor league contract with the Oakland A's on July 31.
Morel and middle infielder Mike Miller with the Pawtucket Red Sox are the pair of Mustangs currently playing Triple-A ball.
Currently sporting batting averages above the .260 mark are Jimmy Allen (.283) with the Great Lakes Loons, Mitch Haniger (.332) with the Visalia Rawhide, Mark Mathias (.262) with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, Brian Mundell (.286) with the Boise Hawks, Nick Torres (.291) with the Lake Elsinore Storm, Morel (.270) with Nashville and Peter Van Gansen (.271) with the Tri-City Dust Devils.
Jeff Johnson has 22 saves, a 1-2 record and a 1.03 ERA with the Akron RubberDucks. Chase Johnson (San Jose Giants) leads all former Mustangs this summer with eight wins while Wagman (Beloit Snappers), Matt Imhof (Clearwater Threshers) and Eric Massingham (Stuttgart Reds) all have seven wins this season. Kyle Brueggemann (Rockford Aviators) has six victories.
For updates on all former Cal Poly players in the pro ranks this season, click the link at the top of this story.