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Chris Johnson | Third Baseman

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (29) / 10/1/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 222
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Chris Johnson homered twice Saturday as the Braves won an 11-6 shootout against the Cubs.
Both starting pitchers were terrible on a day that the flood gates opened early and often at Wrigley Field. Johnson hit a two-run shot off Edwin Jackson in the top of the second inning and then took E-Jax deep again in the top of the fourth. He finished the afternoon with four RBI. Jul 12 - 7:24 PM

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Chris Johnson went 2-for-4 with a three-run double in Wednesday's win over the Mets.

Johnson cleared the bases with a first-inning double against Jacob deGrom. They were the only three runs the Braves would score, but it was enough for the win. It's been a tough season for Johnson, but he has been swinging the bat better lately, having notched multi-hit games in three out of his last five contests. Overall, he's slashing .284/.304/.366 with three home runs and 27 RBI.
Jul 2 - 10:38 PM

Chris Johnson extended his hitting streak to nine games on Tuesday, going 2-for-4 with an RBI in a win over the Astros.

Johnson extended the streak with an RBI double in the second inning. During the nine-game stretch, Johnson is 15-for-37 (.405) with four doubles and four RBI. The hitter has raised his overall line to .284/.303/.367, and we may soon see him move back up in the batting order to capitalize on his hot bat.
Jun 24 - 11:51 PM

Chris Johnson went 2-for-4 with three RBI in Thursday's win over the Nationals.

Johnson helped the Braves avoid falling to .500, knocking in two with a single in the fourth inning and another with a single in the eighth. It was more than enough for Gavin Floyd and the bullpen. Johnson has had multiple hits in seven of his last 11 games, and is now slashing .278/.297/.359 with 20 RBI overall.
Jun 19 - 10:03 PM

Chris Johnson went 3-for-4 with two RBI against the Rockies on Monday.

Even with a .260 average, Johnson has been one of the league's worst regulars this year thanks to his usual subpar defense, a pathetic walk rate (60/5 K/BB in 231 AB) and very limited power (11 doubles, zero triples, two homers). At least he was okay tonight, though.
Jun 10 - 1:45 AM

Chris Johnson went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run against the Rockies on Sunday.

The homer was just Johnson's second this year and his first since the third game of the season. It's been a disappointing season for the third baseman after a breakout 2013, as he's hitting .264/.286/.354 with 11 RBI and 11 runs scored in 48 games. He's not a mixed league entity at this stage of the season.
May 25 - 10:06 PM

Chris Johnson went 3-for-4 with a run scored in Thursday's win over the Brewers.

All three hits were singles. Johnson had entered Thursday's game with one hit in his previous five games spanning 21 plate appearances. After hitting a robust .321 last season, Johnson is only hitting .266 with the second month of the season nearly complete.
May 22 - 10:56 PM

Chris Johnson went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Friday's loss to the Cardinals.

Johnson has been on fire since the calendar turned to May. Friday's performance marked his eighth multi-hit game in the month. After a poor start to the season, Johnson has picked his slash line up to .285/.311/.368.
May 16 - 11:16 PM

Chris Johnson went 3-for-4 and knocked in a pair of runs Friday against the Cubs.

Those are just the sixth and seventh RBI in 33 games this season for Johnson, who spent most of April as the Braves' cleanup man. The team is committed to him, so unlike Dan Uggla, his job isn't at risk. Hopefully, this is the start of better times for him.
May 10 - 12:08 AM

Chris Johnson went 2-for-4 with the game-winning RBI in Tuesday's win over the Cardinals.

Johnson had one of three hits off Cardinals starter Tyler Lyons, and against reliever Pat Neshek he broke a 1-1 tie with an opposite field single. His hits have come in bursts -- he's got three multi-hit performances and five hitless games in his last eight starts -- and the third baseman is hitting .246/.275/.325 overall this year.
May 6 - 9:59 PM

Chris Johnson finished 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in the Braves' loss to the Giants on Saturday.

Johnson is now batting .235/.269/.324 in 28 games this season. He had a very good 2013, but that kind of offensive production never seemed sustainable and the 29-year-old third baseman is regressing in a major way right now. It was odd timing that the Braves signed him to a three-year, $23.5 million contract this week.
May 3 - 10:08 PM

Braves signed 3B Chris Johnson to a three-year, $23.5 million contract extension.

The deal also includes a $10 million option for 2018, so the Braves will have bought out one and possibly two years of free agency. Johnson earned the extension last season with a .321/.358/.457 batting line with 12 homers and 68 RBI. He's off to a .255/.290/.351 start this season, but the Braves obviously think he's capable of being closer to the 2013 version.
May 2 - 1:04 PM

Chris Johnson, with the ink still wet on his three-year extension with the Braves, went 3-for-3 with a walk in Thursday's loss to the Marlins.

Johnson became the sixth player the Braves have signed to an extension lately. No doubt his .321 average last season had a lot to do with that. He hasn't had anywhere that kind of success at the plate this season, as his average is only up to .255 following his performance Thursday. While he should be expected to trend upwards offensively in the coming months, it's not likely he'll match his mark set last season.
May 1 - 10:28 PM

Tim Dierkes of MLBTradeRumors.com reports that the Braves are nearing a contract extension with Chris Johnson.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that it's a three-year extension with a club option. That means the Braves will have locked Johnson up for at least one and possibly two free agent years. The financials are not yet known. The third baseman had a career year in 2013 with the Braves, batting .321/.358/.457 with 12 homers and 68 RBI. The timing of the extension is interesting given that Johnson is off to a .231/.260/.330 start this season.
May 1 - 7:05 PM

Chris Johnson went 3-for-4 with an RBI double and a run scored Friday against the Mets.

Johnson has had a slow start to the season, but he now has two three-hit games in his last three games. The 29-year-old might not duplicate the .321 batting average he had last season, especially if he continues to strike out at this early pace, but he hits plenty of line drives and uses the whole field. It should help him come pretty close to another .300 season.
Apr 18 - 10:37 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Evan Gattis
2Gerald Laird
3Christian Bethancourt
1B1Freddie Freeman
2B1Tommy La Stella
2Phil Gosselin
3Justin Upton
SS1Andrelton Simmons
3B1Chris Johnson
2Ramiro Pena
LF1Justin Upton
2Ryan Doumit
CF1B.J. Upton
2Jordan Schafer
RF1Jason Heyward
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Julio Teheran
2Mike Minor
3Ervin Santana
4Aaron Harang
5Alex Wood
6Brandon Beachy
7Kris Medlen
8Gavin Floyd
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Craig Kimbrel
2David Carpenter
3Jordan Walden
4Luis Avilan
5Anthony Varvaro
6Cory Gearrin
7Jonny Venters
8David Hale
9Shae Simmons