Fri, 17 Jan 2014 12:03:43 -0800
The Atlanta Braves avoided arbitration with 3B Chris D. Johnson Friday, Jan. 17, by agreeing to a one-year, $4.75 million deal.
Wed, 11 Sep 2013 01:00:07 -0700
Atlanta Braves 3B Chris D. Johnson had two hits and an RBI on Tuesday, Sept. 10, in a 4-3 win over the Miami Marlins. It was Johnson's 46th multi-hit game of the season.
Sun, 01 Sep 2013 19:50:26 -0700
Atlanta Braves 3B Chris D. Johnson (leg) was held out of the lineup Sunday, Sept. 1, against the Miami Marlins due to what manager Fredi Gonzalez said was "a little leg issue." Johnson was able to make a pinch-hitting appearance in the ninth inning.
Fantasy Tip: If you normally depend upon Johnson for fantasy purposes, his injury doesn't appear to be something which will hold him out for long. Keep him active.
Sun, 25 Aug 2013 09:12:17 -0700
Atlanta Braves 3B Chris D. Johnson (toe) has been scratched from the starting lineup Sunday, Aug. 25, because of turf toe.
Thu, 11 Jul 2013 17:19:02 -0700
Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward (undisclosed) left the ballgame Thursday, July 11. He was apparently reaching back toward his right hamstring.
Fantasy Tip: Not good -- any Heyward absence would mean more time for Joey Terdoslavich or Reed Johnson, though Evan Gattis (oblique), who's starting rehab soon, would be the one to benefit the most. Stay tuned.
Wed, 10 Jul 2013 20:03:13 -0700
Atlanta Braves 3B Chris D. Johnson had a pair of hits Wednesday, July 10, against the Miami Marlins. He is batting .432 (16-for-37) this season against the Marlins.
Tue, 09 Jul 2013 19:13:26 -0700
Atlanta Braves 3B Chris D. Johnson said Tuesday, July 9, that he doesn't mind batting in the eighth spot of manager Fredi Gonzalez's order. "I don't mind at all, not one bit," Johnson said. "I would never tell the skipper what to do or to be asked to be moved up because the numbers say I deserve to be hitting higher. We've got a lot of good ballplayers on our team, and we're in firstp lace. If we were in last place, maybe you could start shuffling things around."
Fantasy Tip: Johnson entered play Tuesday with a .332 average in tow, ranking fourth in the National League among players with at least 250 plate appearances. He has emerged as a must-start option in all NL-only fantasy leagues, especially rotisserie formats, and he is getting attention in mixed play as well.
Wed, 03 Jul 2013 20:11:21 -0700
Atlanta Braves 3B Chris D. Johnson entered play Wednesday, July 3, leading the team in batting average while ranking second in on-base percentage. However, manager Fredi Gonzalez isn't interested in moving him from the eighth spot of the batting order. "It's been good to have him there," Gonzalez said. "I've been tempted to move him up a couple times. But it seems that hole comes up with people on base all the time, or at the very least you get the other manager thinking about whether you walk him."
Fantasy Tip: Johnson has emerged as a must-start in all NL-only fantasy leagues, and with a .330 batting average through 66 games, he is turning heads in mixed play as well, especially rotisserie formats.
Thu, 30 May 2013 12:07:43 -0700
The Atlanta Braves designated 3B Juan Francisco for assignment Thursday, May 30.
Fantasy Tip: Francisco had cooled off this month, hitting only .159 with one homer and five RBIs in 44 at-bats. His power potential likely means he'll be scooped up by another team or traded by Atlanta. Chris D. Johnson gains significant value in all leagues as a result.
Thu, 09 May 2013 14:22:41 -0700
The Atlanta Braves platoon at third base between 3Bs Juan Francisco and Chris D. Johnson has worked out very well. Francisco, who hits left-handed, is hitting .302 with five home runs in 63 at-bats, and Johnson, who swings from the right side, is batting .419 (13-for-31) with two home runs against southpaws. Johnson actually hit better against righties last year, but Johnson focused on improving against lefties in the offseason, and he worked extensively with hitting coach Greg Walker. "My bat path," Johnson said. "Two things I try to focus on is being on time and keeping a strong path through the zone, not try to be in and out. (He's kept his hands lower in his stance this year.) If I have a good path then my bat stays in the zone a long time, it gives you more of a chance to stay in the middle of the field and get some hits."
Fantasy Tip: Johnson and Francisco should both be owned in deep enough mixed universes since Atlanta is putting them both in excellent spots to succeed with the bats. Francisco's power is more intriguing, and he could hit 20 to 25 homers with enough at-bats under his belt. Johnson was more productive when he was playing every day with Freddie Freeman on the DL, so his current pace may not last, however.