Braves Quote For The Day

A reality check on Braves outfield prospect Cody Johnson from Kevin Goldstein at Baseball Prospectus:

Johnson has more raw power than any prospect in baseball, period. More than Pedro Alvarez. More than Jesus Montero. More than Mike Stanton. The problem, of course, is that he can't make enough contact for it to matter and his first taste of the upper levels has exposed the holes in his swing at an alarming level. Given the day off on Sunday, Johnson has whiffed 12 times in his last four games, and on the season, he's 7-for-32 with 20 strikeouts. As if his .219 batting average isn't bad enough, his .583 BABIP shows that he's already way over his head. He is to power hitters what Joey Gathright is to speedsters, proving that one top-of-the-chart skill isn't always enough.

I really soured on Johnson this spring after talking to him for a while. He's just got it in his head that his approach is right and to hell with anyone who thinks otherwise. I wouldn't be surprised if the Braves tried to rid themselves of him as soon as he starts hitting a little better. To that end, I'm surprised the Braves didn't put him back in A-ball so that his weaknesses wouldn't be as exposed. Unless he adjusts his mindset, which would lead to an adjustment in his approach to the plate, then he's going nowhere as a prospect.

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