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Grant Johnson ‘change'-s things up

Grant Johnson (STAFF PHOTO/PAM DAVIS)

From the moment he was selected with the Chicago Cubs first pick in the 2004 draft (66th overall), Grant Johnson has been tinkering with a changeup. The right-hander and Notre Dame product has finally found one to his liking.

The pitch is a split-changeup, and it's a relatively new addition to Johnson's arsenal. "I've been trying to fiddle with a changeup my whole career I guess, and the split-changeup was something that finally fit me," said Johnson, who appeared in 44 games a season ago between Class-A Daytona and Class AA Tennessee and posted a 4.11 ERA in 70 innings. "It was something I could throw for strikes...

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