Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:28:59 -0700
Atlanta Braves 3B Chris Johnson is unlikely to be used in a strict platoon but could be used in a soft platoon, according to manager Fredi Gonzalez. Johnson batted .395 in 114 at-bats against left-handed pitchers and .231 in 468 at-bats against right-handed pitchers last season. In 2013, he hit .381 in 134 at-bats against lefties and .300 in 384 at-bats against right-handed pitchers. Johnson has gained comfort with his adjusted batting stance, which focused on lowering his hands. He's totaled five hits, including a two-run homer against Pittsburgh Pirates right-handed SP Vance Worley Thursday, March 26, in his past six spring training at-bats.
Fantasy Tip: Johnson ($3,500, 7.0% of cap) needs to avoid being platooned if he hopes to retain his already modest value. He's unlikely to provide value in standard mixed leagues and is a middle-tier option in NL-only and large mixed leagues.
Mon, 09 Mar 2015 15:18:27 -0700
Atlanta Braves 3B Chris Johnson (wrist) has been sidelined the past three days with a sore left wrist. Johnson is expected to return to the lineup Tuesday, March 10.
Fantasy Tip: Johnson has been putting in extra time with hitting coach Kevin Seitzer, and Johnson has altered his hitting stance. Johnson disappointed with a .263 average, 10 home runs and 58 RBI in 2014, and unless he shows significant improvements this spring, he is nothing more than a late-round flier in mixed leagues. Even in NL-only leagues, he is a mid-tier option, at best.
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 11:42:57 -0800
Atlanta Braves 1B Freddie Freeman is unlikely to play a full 162-game season again in 2015. However, he won't be out of the lineup enough for the team to worry about carrying a backup who doesn't play multiple positions. Manager Fredi Gonzalez doesn't plan to carry a third catcher on the roster, meaning 3B Chris Johnson will be the primary backup at first base as he was the last two years. Gonzalez would like to give Freeman a day off occasionally when the team faces a tough left-hander. Freeman played in every game last year and all but six innings the entire season.
Fantasy Tip: Many are high on Freeman in 2015 as a solid fantasy first baseman in the early rounds once the elite names come off the board. Freeman's fantasy floor is rather safe, but his home run output may never take the next step if he continues to hit as many liners as he does. Also, you have to take into account that the lineup around him won't help him out much at all.
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 11:15:54 -0800
Atlanta Braves 3B Chris Johnson lowered his hands this year at the suggestion of new hitting coach Kevin Seitzer.
Fantasy Tip: Johnson doesn't crack our list of top-20 fantasy third baseman in 2015. After a career year in 2013, Johnson disappointed with a .263 average, 10 home runs and 58 RBI in 2014. An off-the-charts average on balls in play in 2013 led many to overvalue him last year, and they paid the price. Low contact rates won't endear Johnson to anyone again this year, and he could lose playing time at the hot corner if he struggles, making him solely an NL-only option.
Fri, 06 Feb 2015 14:43:30 -0800
Atlanta Braves 3B Chris Johnson believes his attempt to hit more home runs and duplicate his career-best 2013 numbers (.321 batting average, .816 OPS) last season lead to his disappointing 2014 season (.263, .653). Johnson also noted he and new hitting coach Kevin Seitzer are on the same page about simplifying Johnson's approach at the plate.
"It's a simple approach," Johnson said. "(Seitzer) likes to stay up the middle, stay the other way, and take what the pitcher gives you. And then when you get two strikes, he's just kind of 'battle your butt off.' I'm pretty excited. It's definitely an approach that I like to work with, and hopefully I can get back to."
Tue, 09 Dec 2014 17:36:32 -0800
Atlanta Braves OF Justin Upton and 3B Chris Johnson are trade targets for the San Francisco Giants, and the teams are in talks discussing a potential deal, according to three officials with the Giants with direct knowledge of the negotiations. The officials talked only on the condition of anonymity because discussions are ongoing. The teams have had preliminary discussions, but neither club was overly optimistic a deal can be finalized. Atlanta is skeptical San Francisco has the necessary prospects to make a deal happen.
Fri, 26 Sep 2014 21:07:14 -0700
Atlanta Braves 3B Chris Johnson (back) returned to the lineup Friday, Sept. 26, against the Philadelphia Phillies. He finished 1-for-4 with a two-run home run.
Thu, 25 Sep 2014 13:59:13 -0700
Updating a previous report, Atlanta Braves 3B Chris Johnson (back) expects to return to the starting lineup Friday, Sept. 25.
Thu, 25 Sep 2014 12:27:17 -0700
Atlanta Braves 3B Chris Johnson (back) is not in the starting lineup Thursday, Sept. 25. Johnson left the game early Wednesday, Sept. 24, due to a strained lower back.
Wed, 24 Sep 2014 21:57:43 -0700
Atlanta Braves 3B Chris Johnson (back) left the game Wednesday, Sept. 24, against the Pittsburgh Pirates due to a strained lower back.