Daniel Johnson
24-Year-Old OutfielderOF
2020 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a contract with the Nationals in June of 2016 that includes a $325,000 signing bonus.
Protected from Rule 5 draft
OFCleveland Indians
November 20, 2019
This was a foregone conclusion on the final day to protect prospects from the Rule 5 draft. Johnson is close to big-league ready, and while the Indians may send him down to Triple-A at the start of the season, he should spend the bulk of the year in the majors. He is capable of handling all three outfield spots, thanks to plus speed and a plus arm.
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
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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One step away from majors
OFCleveland Indians
May 25, 2019
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Returns to minors
OFCleveland Indians
March 15, 2019
The Indians reassigned Johnson to minor-league camp Friday.
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Strong start to spring
OFCleveland Indians
February 26, 2019
Johnson went 2-for-3 with a triple, a home run and two RBI in Tuesday's spring game against the Rockies.
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Receives spring training invite
OFCleveland Indians
January 11, 2019
Johnson was extended a non-roster invitation to Indians' spring training Friday.
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Headed to Cleveland
OFCleveland Indians
November 30, 2018
Johnson was traded from the Nationals to the Indians on Friday in exchange for Yan Gomes, Jon Heyman of FancredSports.com reports.
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