Crystal Ball - A look at 1B/DH in 2005 - Part Two

Part two of Adam Miller's look at next season's 1B/DH position battle focuses on Sacramento River Cat and former Nebraska standout Dan Johnson.

Dan Johnson, L/R, 6'2", 220.

Year

Team

Lg

Age

AVG

OBP

SLG

AB

H

2B

3B

HR

BB

K

XBH

ISOP

BB/K

2000

NEB

NCAA

21

.368

.482

.849

152

56

8

1

21

38

31

30

.481

1.23

2001

NEB

NCAA

22

.361

.507

.752

230

83

13

1

25

63

49

39

.391

1.29

2001

VAN

NW A

22

.283

.354

.494

247

70

15

2

11

27

63

28

.211

0.43

2002

MOD

CAL A

23

.293

.371

.500

426

125

25

1

21

57

87

47

.207

0.66

2003

MID

TEX AA

24

.290

.365

.504

538

156

26

4

27

68

82

57

.214

0.83

2003

SAC

PCL AAA

24

.250

.250

.500

4

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

.250

-

2004

SAC

PCL AAA

25

.300

.402

.527

484

145

25

5

25

80

77

55

.227

1.04



Johnson was perhaps the best college hitter in the country in 2000 and 2001, displaying a rare combination of patience and power. Since being drafted by the A's in the 7th round out of the University of Nebraska in 2001, Johnson has steadily progressed through the A's minor league system, holding his isolated power steady over .200 (an ISOP of .200 or greater in the minors indicates excellent power) at each level, as well as increasing his BB/K rate at each new level of competition. Dan's first season in the minors was also his worst – .283/.354/.494 – and amazingly enough, he's actually improved his numbers in each progressively more difficult league.

After a full season of excelling at every level in the A's minor league system, Johnson appears ready for a shot in the majors. He hits for average, power, and has solid (and improving) plate discipline. He should get the call in September to see what he can do against some major league caliber pitching.

Continue to Part Three

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