Daniel Johnson
Daniel Johnson
24-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Cleveland Indians
2020 Fantasy Outlook
After getting traded from D.C. to Cleveland in last offseason's Yan Gomes trade, Johnson accomplished everything in the upper levels short of making his MLB debut. He mastered Double-A (152 wRC+, .281 ISO) in a return trip and was promoted to Triple-A in late-May. Of the top 15 International League hitters by wRC+, Johnson was the third-youngest behind Ryan Mountcastle and Bobby Bradley. His all-fields, line-drive-oriented approach has allowed him to outperform hit tool grades from past years. He is a plus runner with above-average raw power, but is still working on maximizing those tools in games. His 26.5 Hard% and 54.5% success rate on SB attempts are the most concerning aspects of his profile. The Indians ranked sixth in stolen-base attempts (138) last year, so he may still get the green light. He can play all three outfield spots and should get a legitimate look with the Indians early this season. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year contract with the Indians in March of 2020.
Joins 60-man player pool
OFCleveland Indians
June 28, 2020
While he would have opened the year at Triple-A under normal circumstances, Johnson will now get to train with the best players on the roster at Progressive Field before the regular season begins. He lacks the experience of players like Tyler Naquin and Jake Bauers, but Johnson's combination of power and speed give him a higher fantasy ceiling. He hit .306/.371/.496 with nine home runs and six steals in 380 plate appearances at Triple-A in 2019.
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
For those who like to roster super toolsy outfielders with big questions about their ability to hit upper-level pitching, this is a great time to be alive. Let another owner be patient with someone like Corey Ray. Johnson offers a similar amount of realistic upside without any of the name value. He did what any tooled up 21-year-old should be expected to do in his first full-season assignment, dominating to the tune of a 154 wRC+ (second in the Sally League among hitters with 300 plate appearances). His numbers weren't quite as flashy at High-A, but he was still 27 percent better than league average while lowering his strikeout rate to 16.2 percent and upping his walk rate to 7.0 percent. Johnson didn't struggle until the Arizona Fall League, where he posted a sub-.600 OPS, possibly due to fatigue or bad luck in a small sample. He has above-average raw power and plus speed, but his failure or success against Double-A pitching this year will ultimately determine whether he becomes a top-50 prospect or falls out of the top-200.
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Won't open in big leagues
OFCleveland Indians
March 19, 2020
Johnson was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Thursday.
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Moves past sprained ankle
OFCleveland Indians
March 3, 2020
Johnson (ankle) is listed as an available reserve on the lineup card for Tuesday's Cactus League game against the Angels, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
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Dealing with sprained ankle
OFCleveland Indians
February 24, 2020
Johnson is recovering from a sprained ankle, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.
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Protected from Rule 5 draft
OFCleveland Indians
November 20, 2019
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One step away from majors
OFCleveland Indians
May 25, 2019
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