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Elliot Johnson RF

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
14 826 .215 .269 .316 69 -0.8
Birth Date3-9-1984
Height6' 1"
Weight190 lbs
Age35 years, 8 months, 13 days
BatsB
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2008 TBA 24 7 19 3 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 1 .158 .158 .158 60 -0.9 0.0 -0.3 -0.1
2011 TBA 27 70 181 31 7 2 4 14 53 0 6 7 .194 .257 .338 63 -7.3 -1.7 -1.3 -0.4
2012 TBA 28 123 331 72 10 2 6 24 84 3 18 6 .242 .304 .350 81 -7.2 -0.1 -3.8 0.1
2013 ATL 29 32 102 24 5 2 0 8 18 0 8 2 .261 .317 .359 60 -4.3 -0.8 -0.8 -0.4
2013 KCA 29 79 173 29 2 1 2 8 49 0 14 0 .179 .218 .241 60 -7.4 3.0 -1.0 -0.1
2014 CLE 30 7 20 2 2 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 .105 .105 .211 64 -0.8 0.0 0.2 0.0
Career318826161267125421834616.215.269.31669-27.90.5-7.0-0.8

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2002 PRI Rk APL 42 172 .000 .000 .000 .375 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 CSC A SAL 54 189 .000 .000 .000 .269 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 CSC A SAL 126 574 .000 .000 .000 .303 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 VIS A+ CLF 56 256 .000 .000 .000 .314 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 MNT AA SOU 63 283 .272 .342 .402 .340 99 -2.7 3.3 -0.2 71 0 -4.2 -0.8 -6.0 -0.8
2006 MNT AA SOU 122 542 .000 .000 .000 .343 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 DUR AAA INT 129 524 .262 .333 .404 .264 97 -17.5 15.2 -1.1 63 0 3.2 0.6 -19.4 -0.1
2008 TBA MLB AL 7 19 .256 .322 .387 .250 106 -2.9 0.5 0 60 12 -0.3 0.0 -0.9 -0.1
2008 DUR AAA INT 107 427 .260 .329 .398 .330 97 -0.9 12.7 0.2 91 0 -3.1 3.4 -9.0 0.4
2009 DUR AAA INT 63 260 .260 .329 .383 .291 111 -1.6 8.5 1 97 0 -0.6 0.3 -0.3 0.9
2009 RAY Rk GCL 5 18 .225 .293 .288 .333 81 1.8 0.6 -0.1 178 0 -0.7 -0.3 2.4 0.2
2010 DUR AAA INT 109 481 .262 .333 .407 .372 103 8.7 15.9 3 121 0 -1.3 4.1 12.6 3.3
2011 TBA MLB AL 70 181 .260 .330 .407 .260 100 -6.8 4.9 1.7 63 11 -1.3 -1.7 -7.3 -0.4
2011 DUR AAA INT 2 9 .277 .335 .401 .333 87 -1.3 0.3 0 29 0 0.0 0.0 -0.6 0.0
2011 GIG Wnt DWL 22 98 .000 .000 .000 .277 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 TBA MLB AL 123 331 .252 .314 .404 .316 94 -2.5 9.1 3.3 81 11 -3.8 -0.1 -7.2 0.1
2013 ATL MLB NL 32 102 .256 .323 .389 .320 98 -1 2.7 -0.1 60 9 -0.8 -0.8 -4.3 -0.4
2013 KCA MLB AL 79 173 .254 .317 .404 .243 99 -12.8 4.5 0 60 9 -1.0 3.0 -7.4 -0.1
2014 CLE MLB AL 7 20 .242 .305 .371 .167 97 -2.6 0.5 -0.1 64 10 0.2 0.0 -0.8 0.0
2014 COH AAA INT 87 365 .263 .333 .399 .299 109 -6.7 10.9 -2.5 85 0 4.2 1.1 -11.2 0.3
2015 OKL AAA PCL 55 178 .267 .333 .403 .304 95 2.2 4.9 1.1 100 0 1.8 0.6 -2.9 0.6

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
2002 PRI Rk APL 172 152 21 40 10 1 1 55 13 18 48 14 2 .263 .343 .362 .099 1 1
2003 CSC A SAL 189 151 22 32 4 0 0 36 15 38 32 8 5 .212 .370 .238 .026 0 0
2004 CSC A SAL 574 503 92 132 22 7 6 186 41 54 91 43 15 .262 .334 .370 .107 10 10
2005 MNT AA SOU 283 264 31 69 9 6 3 99 21 13 68 15 5 .261 .305 .375 .114 1 1
2005 VIS A+ CLF 256 227 42 62 10 3 8 102 33 24 49 28 5 .273 .348 .449 .176 2 2
2006 MNT AA SOU 542 494 69 139 21 10 15 225 50 39 122 20 18 .281 .334 .455 .174 4 4
2007 DUR AAA INT 524 463 56 96 17 6 11 158 45 43 139 16 6 .207 .281 .341 .134 9 9
2008 TBA MLB AL 19 19 0 3 0 0 0 3 0 0 7 0 1 .158 .158 .158 .000 0 0
2008 DUR AAA INT 427 387 49 101 26 5 9 164 50 33 104 15 3 .261 .319 .424 .163 5 5
2009 RAY Rk GCL 18 16 2 5 2 0 0 7 2 2 1 0 0 .313 .389 .438 .125 0 0
2009 DUR AAA INT 260 233 31 61 9 1 11 105 35 17 56 7 2 .262 .313 .451 .189 6 6
2010 DUR AAA INT 481 427 72 136 24 5 11 203 56 37 92 30 6 .319 .367 .475 .157 12 12
2011 TBA MLB AL 181 160 20 31 7 2 4 54 17 14 53 6 7 .194 .257 .338 .144 1 6
2011 GIG Wnt DWL 98 84 8 20 3 1 2 31 7 10 17 6 0 .238 .333 .369 .131 0 2
2011 DUR AAA INT 9 9 1 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 3 0 0 .222 .222 .222 .000 0 0
2012 TBA MLB AL 331 297 32 72 10 2 6 104 33 24 84 18 6 .242 .304 .350 .108 2 5
2013 KCA MLB AL 173 162 19 29 2 1 2 39 9 8 49 14 0 .179 .218 .241 .062 0 3
2013 ATL MLB NL 102 92 8 24 5 2 0 33 10 8 18 8 2 .261 .317 .359 .098 1 1
2014 CLE MLB AL 20 19 1 2 2 0 0 4 0 0 7 0 0 .105 .105 .211 .105 0
2014 COH AAA INT 365 314 43 74 14 6 5 115 37 43 82 10 1 .236 .326 .366 .131 4
2015 OKL AAA PCL 178 156 28 38 13 0 3 60 13 20 38 3 2 .244 .337 .385 .141 0 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2008 65 0.5077 0.5385 0.6857 0.6364 0.4375 0.7143 0.6429 0.3143 0.0012
2011 676 0.4941 0.3905 0.7121 0.5629 0.2222 0.8085 0.4737 0.2879 0.0100
2012 1231 0.4980 0.4630 0.7351 0.6330 0.2945 0.8196 0.5549 0.2649 0.0060
2013 986 0.5132 0.4726 0.7361 0.6126 0.3250 0.8355 0.5385 0.2639 0.0069
2014 81 0.5062 0.4321 0.6857 0.5610 0.3000 0.8261 0.4167 0.3143 -0.0021
Career30390.50250.45080.72790.60890.29150.82020.52970.27210.0069

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-07-13 2014-07-25 Minors 12 0 - Not Disclosed -
2013-02-28 2013-03-05 Camp 5 0 Left Knee Contusion - -
2011-05-24 2011-06-11 15-DL 18 15 Left Knee Sprain -
2011-02-27 2011-03-08 Camp 9 0 Left Thigh Strain Quadriceps -
2010-06-13 2010-07-05 Minors 22 0 Thigh Strain Quadriceps -
2009-08-14 2009-08-27 Minors 13 0 Thigh Strain Quadriceps -
2009-05-06 2009-07-05 Minors 60 0 Thumb Fracture Thumb -
2005-07-08 2005-07-16 Minors 8 0 Not Disclosed -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 LAN $
2014 CLE $930,000
2013 KCA $520,500
2012 TBA $486,100
2011 TBA $414,900
2008 TBA $390,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
5 yrPrevious$2,741,500
5 yrTotal$2,741,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
3 y 68 d1 year (2015)

Details
  • 1 year (2015). Signed by Texas as a free agent 2/23/15 (minor-league contract). Salary of $0.9M in majors. Acquired by LA Dodgers in trade from Texas 3/31/15.
  • 1 year (2014). Signed by Cleveland as a free agent 1/27/14 (minor-league contract). Salary of $0.93M in majors. Contract selected by Cleveland 3/22/14. DFA by Cleveland 5/3/14. Sent outright to Triple-A 5/8/14. Refused assignment by Cleveland 10/6/14.
  • 1 year/$0.5205M (2013). Acquired by Kansas City in trade 2/12/13 after being DFA by Tampa Bay 2/5/13 (player to be named in 12/9/12 Shields/Myers trade). Signed by Kansas City 2/20/13. DFA by Kansas City 8/15/13. Released 8/19/13. Claimed by Atlanta off release waivers 8/21/13.
  • 1 year/$0.4861M (2012). Re-signed by Tampa Bay 3/3/12.
  • 1 year/$0.4149M (2011). Re-signed by Tampa Bay 2/27/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Re-signed by Tampa Bay 3/3/10. Sent outright to Triple-A by Tampa Bay 4/4/10.
  • 1 year/$0.4012M (2009). Re-signed by Tampa Bay 2/25/09.
  • 1 year/$0.39M (2008). Re-signed by Tampa Bay 2/08.
  • 1 year (2007). Contract purchased by Tampa Bay 11/06. Re-signed by Tampa Bay 2/07.
  • Signed by Tampa Bay 2002 as amateur free agent (Thatcher HS, Ariz.).

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

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YearComment
2014 The last player named in the Wil Myers-James Shields trade was the first to leave his new team. Atlanta plucked Johnson off waivers from the Royals in late August, and he played well enough to start at second base during the postseason. Billed as a switch-hitting utility infielder, Johnson strikes out too often for a player with limited power. Like most bipeds, he was a defensive upgrade over Dan Uggla, though he lacks the arm to play the left side of the infield and, at times, resembles Brooks Conrad. His stint in Atlanta is about as good as it's going to get.
2013 Last year's player card for Johnson concluded: "It is improbable that the Rays carry two offensively challenged shortstops again in 2012." Guess what? The Rays carried the same two offensively challenged shortstops in 2012—the other was Sean Rodriguez—only this time Johnson wasn't quite so challenged. His .254 TAv was actually 12th in the majors among shortstops with 300 PAs, although his negative FRAA seems to have driven his WARP below Rodriguez's. Johnson's bat kept him and his hard-nosed utility on the roster (Joe Maddon seems quite fond of him) while Rodriguez and Brignac were demoted to Triple-A. Still, it is improbable that the Rays carry two offensively challenged shortstops in—wait a minute . . .
2012 After collecting over 1,700 plate appearances in Triple-A, Johnson finally played a full season in the major leagues that did not involve a being optioned or outrighted, mainly because he was out of options. His defensive versatility was helpful at times, but his bat was nearly as awful as Brignac's and he was just 6-for-13 in stolen base attempts. The undrafted free agent has been in the organization since 2002 but his skill set is fungible and easily replaced. It is improbable that the Rays carry two offensively-challenged shortstops again in 2012.
2011 Elliot Johnson, whose spring 2008 brawl-triggering slide against the Yankees marked a symbolic turning point for his franchise, is organizational depth, not a prospect. Winning International League MVP honors at Durham was enough to restore him to the 40-man roster in November, preventing him from becoming a free agent.
2010 Best known for a hard slide which touched off a spring 2008 brawl with the Yankees, Elliot Johnson has shown improvement at Triple-A in each of the past two seasons, but he's merely organizational depth in a very deep organization.
2009 Speedster Elliot Johnson bounced back a bit in his second Triple-A season, but not enough to bounce back onto the radar in an organization this deep.
2008 Athletic second baseman Elliot Johnson had a big year at Double-A in 2006, but crashed and burned at Triple-A Durham last season
2007 Johnson was added to the 40-man roster after being named Player of the Year at Double-A Montgomery last year. While his OBP looks like an improvement over what he managed in his first exposure to Double-A pitching in 2005, it`s amazing what 20 extra points of batting average will do for your image. He did draw a few extra walks, but not enough to say that he`s successfully climbed Mt. Plate Discipline. Johnson`s real gains in 2006 were in the power department. His prospects for leveraging that into plate discipline are still up in the air. He has improved on defense as well, and if Jorge Cantu can`t rediscover his 2005 stroke, Johnson will be right behind him.
2006 When sleeper prospects go bad: an undrafted free agent, Johnson has base-stealing speed and a good glove. Prior to 2005, he also had a good idea of his limitations as a hitter and tried to work the strike zone to get on base. Perhaps having his power boosted by the California League made him forget himself, as his plate judgment evaporated upon promotion to Double-A. Johnson will have to humble himself before the strike zone to get back on the golden stair.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2014-04-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)A team of Elliot Johnson's versus a team of Coconut Crabs. Winner takes over the commonwealth...who you got?
(Chilly Butler from Guam)
The crabs. No sane human being is beating the crabs. (R.J. Anderson)
2013-05-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Here's a scenario I've seen before: Chris Getz has a .250 OBP, Elliot Johnson .240. Johnny Giavotella is slashing .326/.396/.489. What gives? And if the Royals don't want him, can my team have him?
(Dan from NYC)
I somewhat share your frustration, but I've cooled on Giavotella over the last year. He's had a legit shot to grab the Royals' 2B job in spring training each of the last two years, and he hasn't been able to do it with very iffy performances in the spring. He's now in his third year of raking at Triple-A, but he didn't really perform in 50-plus games in MLB last season. I do think he deserves more of a shot given how weak KC is at the position, but I'm less confident on him being a passable everyday 2B now. With that said, it is a weird situation. You'd think he would've gotten more of a chance by now. (Jason Cole)
2012-12-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)Please, please, please tell me that the Rays will remove Reid Brignac, Elliot Johnson and possibly Sean Rodriguez for better Utility IFers.
(jlarsen from chicago)
Is Geoff Blum still available? And on that note, I must take my leave. (Geoff Young)
2012-07-11 12:00:00 (link to chat)Lost Pedroia, is Punto the best pickup or should I be targeting others?
(tylerk from Nebrask)
I'd rather target Elliot Johnson than Punto if he were available. (Jason Collette)
2012-05-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)While we're on the topic, Alex Gonzalez (healthy) or Elliot Johnson?
(Matt from Madison)
Gonzalez. Heck, Alex S. Gonzalez. (R.J. Anderson)
2011-08-16 17:00:00 (link to chat)What kind of career do you see Matt Joyce having? Do you think at his peak he can put up similar numbers (incl. OBP) as JD Drew?
(DS from LA)
He will never be the defender Drew is/was, but the rest of that comp works for me. Joyce has been given small pockets of chances against lefties but the fact he has to sit against lefties at times for a well-below replacement level guy like Elliot Johnson makes no sense. The Rays are not contending right now so I do not see why the club does not put Joyce out there as much as possible and let him sink or swim against lefties because it is still better than what an org soldier like Johnson would do. An outside theory floated by my colleague at DRaysBay, Heath Baywood, is moving Joyce to first base if the team cannot find a FA solution this off-season or cannot trade for someone. (Jason Collette)
2008-03-11 12:00:00 (link to chat)Do you have a problem with Elliot Johnson's collision with Cervelli? Was it a dirty play or just baseball?
(Tommy from (OPS,FL))
Just baseball. I can say that these games don't mean anything, and they don't, but if you're Elliot Johnson, you're trying to impress someone. And it's hard to turn it on and off.

As with the winter meetings, spring training's ratio of newsgatherers to newsmakers is out of control, so everything with any kind of potential gets blown into a thing. (Joe Sheehan)


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