Long wait ends for ex-Wichita State pitcher

Kris Johnson pitching in the 2004 regional at Arkansas.

Kris Johnson spent eight seasons and 205 games with Boston and Pittburgh in the minors. He made 16 starts for the independent Kansas City T-Bones in 2011.  On Sunday, Johnson pitched in the majors for the Pirates and pitched six strong innings in relief.

Kris Johnson’s debut with the Pirates.

The Red Sox drafted Johnson with the 40th pick of the 2006 draft.

At WSU, elbow surgery interrupted a promising career in 2005 (robbing that team of a devastating Pelfrey-Johnson 1-2 punch in the rotation). He returned in 2006 to go 6-2 with a 4.86 ERA. For his career, Johnson went 16-2 with a 2.94 ERA and 130 strikeouts in 143.2 innings. As a freshman, he went 7-0 with a 2.01 ERA.