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Chris Johnson (baseball)

Chris Johnson
Johnson with the Atlanta Braves
Atlanta Braves – No. 23
Third baseman
Born: (1984-10-01) October 1, 1984 (age 31)
Naples, Florida
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 9, 2009 for the Houston Astros
Career statistics
(through April 30, 2015)
Batting average .283
Home runs 55
Runs batted in 302
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Johnson during his tenure with the Houston Astros in 2011

Christopher Dalton Johnson (born October 1, 1984) is an American professional baseball third baseman and first baseman for the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Houston Astros and Arizona Diamondbacks.

Professional career

Johnson was drafted in the 37th round by the Boston Red Sox in the 2003 Major League Baseball Draft, but he opted for college. He attended Stetson University, where he led the Hatters to the 2005 and 2006 Atlantic Sun Tournament Championships.[1] In 2005, he was named the A-Sun Freshman of the Year. Johnson was drafted by the Houston Astros in the fourth round of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft.

Houston Astros

Johnson was called up to the majors for the first time on September 7, 2009[2] and made his major league debut two days later.[3]

In the 2010 season, Johnson batted .308 with 105 hits, 22 doubles, 11 home runs, and 52 runs batted in in just 341 at bats.

Arizona Diamondbacks

Johnson was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks on July 29, 2012 for Bobby Borchering and Marc Krauss.[4] In his first game as a Diamondback, Johnson hit a grand slam. He became the first Diamondback player to hit a grand slam in their first game with the club.[5]

After qualifying as a Super Two, giving him an extra year of arbitration eligibility, Johnson signed a one-year, $2.2875 million deal with the Diamondbacks for the 2013 season.[6]

Atlanta Braves

After the 2012 season, the Diamondbacks traded Johnson and Justin Upton to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for Martín Prado, Randall Delgado, Nick Ahmed, Zeke Spruill and Brandon Drury.[7] He enjoyed a breakout season, hitting .321, with 12 home runs and 68 RBIs. In the NL batting race, Johnson finished second to Michael Cuddyer.

Johnson signed a three-year extension worth $23.5 million on May 2, 2014. The deal includes a team option worth $10 million.[8] He regressed in 2014, while attempting to hit for more power. Johnson set a career high in strikeouts, and his walk rate fell.[9]


Johnson is the son of former MLB player and coach Ron Johnson.[10][11]

See also


  1. ^ "Chris Johnson Recalled by Astros". Stetson University Athletics. June 12, 2010. Retrieved March 8, 2014. 
  2. ^ McTaggert, Brian (September 7, 2009). "Prospects to experience life in Majors". Retrieved June 27, 2014. 
  3. ^ Bowman, Mark (June 13, 2014). "Even if apart, Johnson and father bond over baseball". Retrieved June 27, 2014. 
  4. ^ The Associated Press. "Houston Astros trade their third baseman for two Mobile BayBears". Retrieved 2012-09-04. 
  5. ^ "Chris Johnson hits grand slam in D-backs debut, leads rout of Dodgers". 30 July 2012. Retrieved 20 September 2013. 
  6. ^ McLennan, Jim (January 18, 2013). "Chris Johnson Avoids Arbitration, Signs With Diamondbacks @ $2.3m". AZ Snake Pit. 
  7. ^ Bowman, Mark (January 24, 2013). "Braves acquire coveted outfielder J. Upton". Retrieved March 8, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Chris Johnson, Braves agree on deal". May 2, 2014. Retrieved May 2, 2014. 
  9. ^ Bowman, Mark (August 27, 2014). "Johnson gets break amid hitting woes". Retrieved August 28, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Johnson neatly fills 3B spot for Braves". Associated Press. February 24, 2014. Retrieved February 24, 2014. 
  11. ^ Gonzalez, Alden (March 16, 2010). "Johnson father and son share experience". Retrieved June 27, 2014. 

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