Braves Part Ways With Former First Round Pick Cody Johnson

And somewhere men are laughing, and little children shout;
But there is no joy in Mudville - mighty Casey has struck out.

Yes, the Braves own mighty Casey has played his last game for the organization that drafted him. Slugger Cody Johnson was drafted in the first round of the 2006 draft, 24th overall. When he was selected he was considered a high risk / high reward player -- someone with enormous power, but also enormous holes in his swing. During his time in the Braves minor league system both showed up.

The Braves have apparently sold Johnson to the Yankees in return for cash considerations. That's what an organization does when it wants to save a little face and not completely release a player.

In 1813 minor league plate appearances Johnson has hit 94 home runs, but he has struck out 629 times -- more than a third of his plate appearances. He seemed to be unable to conquer double-A pitching, with the Braves demoting him last year back to single-A.

Johnson has prodigious power, but he hasn't gotten it through his head that he has to make contact for that power to count. Coaches at every level have tried to get him to refine his all-or-nothing approach to the plate, but time after time he refused to listen. This "release" has as much to do with Johnson's sour attitude as it does with his poor performance.

The Yankees added him to their triple-A roster ... a bit of wishful thinking.

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