The Dodgers acquired Micah Johnson from the White Sox on Dec. 17, 2015 along with outfielder Trayce Thompson and pitcher Frankie Montas as part of a three-team trade that send Scott Schebler, Jose Peraza and Brandon Dixon to the Reds. Here is a look at Johnson’s first year in the Dodgers organization.
What went right
Reached the majors twice in 2016, called up for a few days in April, then again for the final two weeks of the regular season in September and October.
Johnson expanded his defensive repertoire this year. He played exclusively second base in four years as a professional before joining the Dodgers, but in Triple-A Oklahoma City played 25 games in left field, 16 games in center and even two games at third base.
He also played one inning of left field in one game in the majors, on Sept. 30 in San Francisco.
Johnson ended the season strong for Oklahoma City, helping to fuel their run to the Pacific Coast League finals by hitting .375 (15-for-40) with four walks and 10 runs scored in nine playoff games, finishing the season with a 13-game hitting streak.
What went wrong
After posting minor league on-base percentages of .375, .373, .351, and .376 in his first four seasons, Johnson sported just a .321 OBP with Oklahoma City.
Though speed is one of his greatest assets, Johnson hasn’t done much base stealing in recent years. In 2013 he stole 84 bases across two Class-A levels and Double-A in 131 games, but in the three seasons since he has stolen a total of 79 bases, and just at a 70.5% clip.
Johnson stole 26 bases in 37 tries (80.3%) in 2016 in Oklahoma City, and didn’t attempt a steal in the majors.
The left-handed-hitting Johnson hit .174/.256/.220 in 124 plate appearances against left-handed pitching in 2016.
Stats: 1-for-6, 1 run scored in 7 major league games.
Salary: don’t have the exact amount, but a pro-rated sure of not much more than the major league minimum of $507,500.
Game of the year
Johnson entered the game as a pinch hitter on Sept. 29 in San Diego, and singled to left field against Padres reliever Jose Dominguez, Johnson’s only major league hit of the season. He scored later in the inning for his first — and to date, only — run scored as a Dodger.
Johnson has 83 days of major league service time and has one option year remaining, having used options in 2015 and 2016.