We’re in prospect season, so naturally more and more lists are coming out.
Today, MLB Pipeline released their list of the top ten second baseman in the minors. Not shockingly, Micah Johnson was on the list.
7. Micah Johnson, Dodgers
Don’t use Johnson’s brief trial as the White Sox’s regular second baseman as a measure of who he can be in the big leagues. He may never be more than an adequate defender, but he can hit, he can get on base and he can run, as evidenced by his .301 average, .368 OBP and 153 stolen bases in 385 Minor League games. Perhaps the change of scenery in Los Angeles, courtesy of the three-team trade that brought Todd Frazier from the Reds to Chicago, will help.
The Dodgers ended up making a trade that netted them the left-handed hitting Johnson back in mid-December. As Mayo notes, Johnson isn’t a great fielder, achieving a “40” grade in that department on the 20-80 scale.
Johnson uses his solid hitting approach, great run tool, and great arm to make up for the rest. While he wasn’t rated as highly as former Dodger 2B Jose Peraza, who was in the same trade as Johnson, he still brings tools that will help the team in the future.
For reference, Peraza was rated as the second best second baseman in baseball.
There’s a possibility that Johnson could take over the full-time second base job as early as later on this season, but it’s more likely that it’s his role starting in 2017.
It’s still great to see where the prospects come out on lists like this, especially since they’re produced by MLB.com themselves.