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Top Prospect Alert - Jeremy Johnson

By Robert Sherry

Jeremy Johnson: Was not a very highly touted prospect entering the 2000 draft, but emerged as one of the best steals that any team made when the Toronto Blue Jays decided to pick this outfielder in the 26th round of the draft.

As a senior at Southeast Missouri State, this 6-foot-1, 185 pound lefty hit .412 with 11 homers and 45 runs batted in but still was overlooked by most teams. After the draft, he was sent to play rookie ball. As a 22-year-old, he dominated just about every pitcher in the league, winning the short season Pioneer League MVP. Johnson finished with a .376 average, 9 home runs, 58 runs batted in, 24 doubles, 3 triples, 66 runs scored, 55 walks, and 29 strikeouts in 245 at-bats. Not to mention a slugging percent of .608.

Some of the stats, especially the walk:strikeout ratio, are pretty amazing but you have to wonder just how much of that was because of him hitting against younger, more inexperienced pitchers. Unlike someone like Kevin Mench who also had an MVP season against some younger competition, I think there are still more questions with someone like Johnson when compared to Mench.

For a left-handed batter, he has the nice even swing that should produce power at any level he plays at, both with home runs, maybe 20+, and doubles. If Johnson can put up similar numbers in a full season league this year, that will erase a lot of doubts that some people may have. He currently plays centerfield but will most likely have to move to one of the corner spots with Cruz and Wells around. I think a good starting point for Johnson in 2001 with be at High-A but the organization may decide to give him some at-bats at Low-A first.


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