Mar 10, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Chicago White Sox second baseman Micah Johnson (83) makes a catch on a line drive against the Milwaukee Brewers in the third inning at Maryvale Baseball Park. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
One of the top prospects for the Chicago White Sox is second baseman Micah Johnson, who it seems is getting accustomed to playing for the Triple-A Charlotte Knights since his promotion earlier this season.
Johnson, who was recently selected to the Future’s Game for the US roster, has a .270 batting average since joining the Knights. In those 26 games, Johnson has 111 at-bats where he has six extra base hits, including four doubles, one triple and one home run.
Feb 22, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Chicago White Sox second baseman Micah Johnson (83) poses for a photo during photo day at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
What is really interesting is his past 10 games where he’s starting to turn up his level of play.
In those past 10 games, Johnson is batting .349 with 15 hits and four RBIs. He also has six steals in that span of games with an on-base percentage of .391 and a .419 slugging percentage.
Also in his past 10 games, Johnson has went 4-for-4 twice and was 3-for-5 on June 23 against Toledo.
For his entire MiLB season (he played 37 games for the Birmingham Barons) Johnson is batting .304 with 13 doubles, two triples and four home runs. He also has 14 combined steals in both MiLB stops this season.
One aspect of Johnson’s game that can’t get taught is his natural speed.
"“When Johnson – who hits left-handed – steps to the plate, scouts pull out stopwatches like paparazzi going for their cameras, only their version of the perfect photo is measured in tenths of a second and falls somewhere between 3.6 and 3.8.”"
It will be exciting to see Johnson at the MLB level with the White Sox once the organization feels hie is ready.
If he’s not up with the White Sox by the end of the year when September call-ups begin (or on Opening Day 2015) I’d be surprised. That reaction would be for the fact the White Sox could use a player like him on their roster right now, but I’m assuming he still needs the Triple-A at-bats.
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Would he play second base for the White Sox is the question, because if the White Sox don’t trade Gordon Beckham either before the read deadline or in the offseason where would be the best spot for the prospect to play? That will also be an interesting aspect of his future call to the majors as well.
I know I’m thinking down the road, but having Johnson on the MLB roster will be a reality soon enough. Now let’s all watch his game keep improving in Triple-A as we wait for his arrival with the White Sox.