Daniel Johnson
Daniel Johnson
25-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Cleveland Indians
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Johnson didn't do much with his first major-league opportunity in 2020, collecting one hit (a single) and striking out five times in 13 at-bats. It would be foolish to dismiss his big-league potential based on such a small sample size, especially given his success (.290/.361/.507 slash line, 19 homers, 12 stolen bases) in his last full season in the minors. Johnson possesses a rocket outfield arm and a power-speed skillset that could lead to a successful MLB career (and plenty of interest in fantasy leagues) if he can learn to harness it. He hit just .241 against southpaws between Double-A and Triple-A in 2019 and was successful on only 55% of his stolen-base attempts, highlighting two areas in which he'll need to improve to be an effective everyday big-leaguer. Johnson could be targeted for an expanded role with Cleveland in 2021, though his opportunity may be initially limited to a platoon role. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#598
ADP
$Signed a one-year contract with the Indians in March of 2020.
Sent down Monday
OFCleveland Indians  AAA
May 3, 2021
Johnson was optioned to Cleveland's taxi squad Monday.
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Johnson had started in each of the last two games, but he struck out in each of his five at-bats Sunday. He'll travel with the team on the taxi squad during the Royals' current road trip, but outfielder Harold Ramirez was recalled to take Johnson's place on the active roster.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
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vs RHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-100%
OPS vs RHP
2021
No Stats
2020
 
 
-100%
OPS vs RHP
2019
No Stats
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .000 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Since 2019vs Right .139 22 0 0 0 0 .048 .091 .048
2021vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021vs Right .000 9 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2020vs Left .000 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2020vs Right .237 13 0 0 0 0 .083 .154 .083
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-100%
OPS at Home
2021
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2020
 
 
-100%
OPS at Home
2019
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .533 6 0 0 0 0 .200 .333 .200
Since 2019Away .000 16 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2021Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021Away .000 9 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2020Home .533 6 0 0 0 0 .200 .333 .200
2020Away .000 7 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Daniel Johnson compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.00
 
BB Rate
0.0%
 
K Rate
55.6%
 
BABIP
.000
 
ISO
.000
 
AVG
.000
 
OBP
.000
 
SLG
.000
 
OPS
.000
 
wOBA
.000
 
Exit Velocity
86.4 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
0.0%
 
Barrels/PA
0.0%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2018
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.
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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Called up, starting
OFCleveland Indians  AAA
May 1, 2021
Johnson has been recalled by Cleveland and is starting Saturday's game against the White Sox.
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Won't break camp in big leagues
OFCleveland Indians  AAA
March 19, 2021
Johnson was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Friday.
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On roster bubble
OFCleveland Indians  AAA
March 11, 2021
Johnson may not make the Opening Day roster, despite a very impressive start to Cactus League play, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
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Optioned to alternate site
OFCleveland Indians  AAA
August 6, 2020
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Back in majors
OFCleveland Indians  AAA
July 29, 2020
Johnson was recalled from Cleveland's satellite camp prior to Wednesday's game against the White Sox, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.
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