Mesa, Arizona —— After being drafted by the Washington Nationals out of New Mexico State in 2016, outfield prospect Daniel Johnson enjoyed a breakout season in 2017. Split between Low-A Hagerstown and High-A Potomac, Johnson slashed .298/.356/.505/.861 over 130 games (497 at-bats), putting up 29 doubles, 22 home runs, 22 stolen bases, 35 walks, and 100 strikeouts in that span and earning both mid-season and post-season All-Star nods. Now out at the Arizona Fall League after the breakout star saw his stock rise in the Nationals’ system, Johnson is playing this offseason for the Mesa Solar Sox, which is where we caught up with him late last month.
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Daniel Johnson is one of just a handful of 20/20 guys this year in the minor leagues, so putting up numbers like that will alone draw some attention to the outfielder. Still just 22 years old (he’ll be 23 next July), the California native is most likely ticketed for Double-A Harrisburg to begin 2018, especially after experiencing high-quality pitching out at the AFL with Mesa.
While fellow Washington Nationals prospect Victor Robles is deservedly getting most of the attention out here in Mesa, Daniel Johnson is a very, very good athlete with some interesting tools that could play at the highest level in another couple years. We’ll have more on Johnson this winter, in a full scouting report and game video of a few dozen of his at-bats out here at the Arizona Fall League.
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