No. 5: Micah Johnson, Chicago White Sox
Mar 10, 2015; Surprise, AZ, USA; Chicago White Sox infielder Micah Johnson (7) at bat in the fourth during a spring training baseball game against the Kansas City Royals at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports
Second base was considered a position of weakness for the Chicago White Sox coming into the spring. It was expected to involve a month-long competition between Micah Johnson and Carlos Sanchez, with the winner earning the starting spot in manager Robin Ventura‘s lineup come Opening Day.
But all of that was before Johnson went on a monstrous tear this spring, all but running away with the position with two weeks remaining in camp.
Johnson has tortured opposing pitching in March, hitting a whopping .467 over 12 games this spring. He’s collected 14 hits, three of the extra-base variety, and drove in six RBIs.
In short, the left-handed hitting second basemen has certainly impressed this spring. And he will be joining an Opening Day lineup with reigning AL Rookie of the Year Jose Abreu, offseason acquisition Melky Cabrera, and the division’s top shortstop Alexei Ramirez.
There is no reason not to believe Johnson can be a successful pro. For now, though, he is still unproven in the majors, as he has yet to make his big league debut.
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