Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Tripper Johnson Report

Tripper Johnson, 3B, Baltimore Orioles
Drafted 32nd Overall, 2000 Draft, HS, Bellevue, WA
Bats R/Throws R
22 YO, 6'1", 200 lbs

Tripper Johnson sounds like a great 19th century baseball name. It sounds like he should have been a teammate of King Kelly. His birth name is Nelson Alexander Johnson. I'd stick with Tripper too. On the other hand, Nelson Alexander Johnson would be a great name if you were the son of a railroad magnate.

Triviality aside, it seems like Johnson has been a prospect for 15 years now. Part of that is because while he's stagnated, the Orioles really haven't had much in the way of prospects to push him off the organizational lists.

2004 Frederick: .269/.343/.454, 19 2B, 21 HR, 51 BB, 93 K, 14 SB, 5 CS, 465 AB
Career: .270/.346/.411, 87 2B, 41 HR, 183 BB, 348 K, 51 SB, 24 CS, 1712 AB

He improved his hitting quite a bit in 2004. He got a big power boost and maintained his walk rate. He still doesn't as much contact as you'd like and it shows in his pedestrian batting averages. But Johnson is certainly a better prospect today than he was a year ago. He's still not an elite prospect by any measure, and I'm not sure whether he's anything more than his generation's own version of Chris Truby. But he at least did enough to keep himself relevant.

ETA: 2007
3 Stars

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