Results tagged ‘ Micah Johnson ’

Notes of spring: More on Thompson, Johnson

By Josh Jackson /

Thompson keeps Chicago connection

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GLENDALE, Arizona — Before he was traded to the Dodgers in December, Trayce Thompson spent seven years in the White Sox system — from the time he was 18. It’s no surprise, then, that as excited as he is to play for L.A., he was a little sad to part ways with some of the people in the Chicago organization.

Luckily for him, the Dodgers and White Sox share a Spring Training facility at Camelback Ranch. For the rest of camp, he and Micah Johnson, who came to the Dodgers in the same trade, are roommates with Chicago’s shortstop.

“Tyler Saladino, we lived together last year in Triple-A,” Thompson said. “We played every level, A ball, Double-A, Triple-A together, so he’s one of my closest friends that I’ve made through baseball.”

There are coaches, too, to whom Thompson has enjoyed staying connected.

“The [White Sox] first base coach, Daryl Boston, he was my outfield rover when I was in the Minor Leagues for four or five years. He’s like family to me,” he said. “Gary Ward is a hitting coach with the organization. He’s like family to me, too.”

Johnson confident in game plan

Charlotte Knights second baseman Micah Johnson (3) (Ken Inness/

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GLENDALE, Arizona — When the White Sox assigned Micah Johnson to Triple-A Charlotte last May, part of the reasoning reportedly was because they wanted to see him make smarter baserunning decisions.

In big league camp with the Dodgers,  the speedy second baseman said he had no regrets about how aggressive he was on the basepaths.

“I’ve always prided myself on my baserunning abilities. If they said my baserunning, I made mistakes, that’s fine. It was my first two months in the big leagues,” he said.

“I’m trying to figure out the game, the game speed and what you’re able to do and what you’re not able to do. I’d like to push your limits. It’s easier to push the limits and have somebody tell me to come back than it is to have them say, ‘Oh, you’ve got to do this, you’ve gotta do this.’ Then I have a set knowledge of, ‘OK, this is not possible at this level.’ I’ll take that. I just know I’m going to keep pushing the limits. Just be aggressive — that’s my game. If I get on base with a single, it doesn’t do me much good if I just stay there. You’ve got to push your limits.”

Johnson, whose lowest on-base percentage in four Minor League seasons was .351, also is aggressive in the batter’s box.

“I don’t go up there really to walk, especially in spring,” he said.  “I go up there and try to hit the ball, and when you hit the ball, you know what you need to work on. If I’m late or foul a pitch off the first pitch of the at-bat, OK, my timing’s a little off. That’s it. I’m all timing. There’s not much mechanics. I don’t think anything about mechanics, I just get my foot down and then the rest takes care of itself as long as you’re prepared to hit.”

He’s excited to bring that aggressiveness to the Dodgers.

“[After the trade], I just told them I want to win,” Johnson said. “I know how to help the team win ballgames.

“I play the game the right way. I play hard, play to win. The numbers take care of themselves. If a runner’s on second base, nobody out and I bunt — can I get a hit out of it? Runner on third with less than two outs, my job is to bring him in somehow, some way. Even first and third with less than two outs, if I put the ball in play, it’s going to be hard for them to get a double play. When I put the ball in play, I know my game and I focus on winning the game and the numbers take care of themselves.”

Minoring in Twitter: Verdugo revisits Oregon Trail, Chavis focused on his clock

By Danny Wild /

Forget your fancy supplements, necklaces, superstitions, powdered donuts (Kevin Gausman)? All you need to perform on the field now is a delicious burger bun sandwich of Heinz Ketchup and Hellmann’s mayo (also sometimes known, when blended, as fry sauce or Russian dressing):

Durham’s Boog Powell took a dive into the seats to make a catch and showed off his bruises:

Do you remember how awesome Oregon Trail and these graphics were waaaay back in the day? I remember going into work with my mom — she was a middle school art teacher — and she’d let me hang out in the library and play Oregon Trail on the library computers. Salt Lake’s Ryan Verdugo:


By the way, May 15, 1848 — 64 years to that very day, after brave Americans crossed the Big Blue River (did they ford the river or caulk the wagon and float?), on May 15, 1912, Ty Cobb, “after listening to days of heckling by Yankees fans, jumped into the stands near the Tigers dugout and pummels a handicapped fan. The man, identified pseudonymously as Otto Blotz, cannot defend himself against the ‘Georgia Peach’ as he only has one hand.”

Moving on, is this real?


Minoring in Twitter: Bradley’s new digs; prospects burned by brackets

By Danny Wild /

D-backs top prospect Archie Bradley sees a future for himself in Arizona — look at that pool!

He needs help, though:

Do you think he’ll invite former D-backs outfielder Will Ferrell over for a pool party?

Our favorite Padres first baseman, Cody Decker, has been busy sharpening his skills at Spring Training:

And he also has thoughts on holding hands:

Austin Anderson, the Orioles’ ninth-round pick last summer, got some bad news this week — good luck, Austin!

Blue Jays prospect Daniel Norris gets deep:

Here, I’ll sum up all the March Madness-related tweets from the past week: (more…)

Minoring in Twitter: Getting dressy, saucy and cuddly

By Danny Wild /

Marlins right-hander Trevor Williams used Twitter to reveal he and wife, Jackie, are expecting a baby. Get it?

Oddly enough, Trevor referenced the pregnancy with a jar of Prego, while his wife called the person growing inside her a “little gummy bear.” Can you imagine actually giving birth to a gummy bear? Also, if his kid is indeed born on Sept. 28, he or she will share a birthday with Ryan Zimmerman.

Dodgers prospect Joc Pederson issued a FIFA challenge to White Sox prospects Micah Johnson and Dan Black:

And then Dodgers catcher Chris O’Brien promised victory:

Brewers prospect Josh Uhen says there’s nothing better than the smell of grass:

Wrong. Bacon smells better.


Late Thursday night, this stupid, ugly dress somehow took over the Internet, and everyone began debating its colors. I would ordinarily ask, “Who cares?” But — it’s totally white and gold. My mom and sister agreed. And then I sent the photo to one of our editors here at and was told it was clearly blue and black. And then she saw a different Tweet and version of the dress and thought it was white and gold.

So what did Minor Leaguers say? (more…)

Minoring in Twitter: Cards prospect offers $1 million if he wins lotto

By Danny Wild /

Cardinals prospect Will Anderson claimed he would give $1 million to a random follower if he won the lottery this week:

Keon Broxton has a request, or maybe some free advice, for Steak n’ Shake:

Someone who’d love a bigger straw, or just steaks and shakes and anything else on their menu? Jeremy Dowdy. The man is hungry:

Everyone loves the lazy dogs of Minor Leaguers, so here ya go:

Mets lefty John Mincone found an urgent request:

Yankees prospect Gosuke Katoh’s claim here is so incredible, I think it warrants more attention than being down below in our usual list of Chipotle fans — 12 consecutive days of Chipotle? And judging by his tweet, he’s not even changing it up with different orders. Can one’s body handle that much Chipotle for two weeks?

“Going strong.” Worth noting that, this was his last tweet, on Feb. 10. He hasn’t tweeted since. Overcome by Chipotle perhaps?


Minoring in Twitter: Pitchers, catchers getting antsy for Spring Training’s arrival

By Danny Wild /

This is the part of the year where everyone starts making the same comments about football being over and baseball is coming and whatever. I for one enjoy the offseason and the break (hey, baseball is a long season). But you know who’s more excited than the fans? Minor League pitchers. They’re the first ones to show up to Spring Training in February:

Awww, this tweet brings back memories of those mid-summer bus ride nightmares — but look how alive and excited he sounds now in February!

Of course there’s Daniel Norris, driving his old van to Dunedin:

Durham’s Kirby Yates is packing for Spring Training:

OK, we get it:


Minoring in Twitter: Most players are currently freezing

By Danny Wild /

It’s been a busy week, between Hall of Fame news and Stuart Scott’s passing and something about the Dallas Cowboys, and according to multiple Minor League sources with knowledge of the situations, it’s like really cold outside. By the way, thanks to colleague Sam Dykstra for picking up the slack this past month as I enjoyed some time away from the office.

Let’s start with the Hall of Fame as pitchers John Smoltz, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez joined second baseman Craig Biggio in winning trips to scenic Cooperstown, New York:

Braves outfielder and 2014 first-round pick Braxton Davidson argues that Barry Bonds should be honored despite his “situation,” which possibly refers to the time he may or may not have received drugs from a trainer who is currently in prison:

Jake Gatewood agrees, referring to the guy who was once indicted in federal court on four counts of perjury and one count of obstruction of justice:

Rob Whalen gives his take, with a nod to Mike Piazza, who ought to be in Cooperstown already:


Minoring in Twitter: Busy Winter Meetings shake up Heaney’s plans

By Danny Wild /


We’re all recovering from the Winter Meetings in San Diego, an event that is a vastly different experience if you work for a Major or Minor League team. It can also be a stressful and exciting week for players, who are passed around like the free beers we all got at Petco Park on Wednesday. Marlins Dodgers Angels prospect Andrew Heaney had quite a run by himself:

Yeah, you’re reading that right. Within a few hours, Heaney was traded from the Marlins to the Dodgers and then over to the Angels in two separate deals.

Chris Bassitt, in a really cool move, announced he’d be giving away his White Sox gear after Chicago traded him:

D-backs top prospect Archie Bradley was not traded, but he has been considering another team:

For others, like Padres prospect Ryan Miller, it’s been a less exciting offseason:

Apparently, he really has been working at Target this winter:’s Kelsie Heneghan tipped me off to Mark Appel‘s zoo adventure, where his subdued selfies tell the story:


Minoring in Twitter: Marlins guy at World Series distracts, annoys

By Danny Wild /

People continue to notice that guy in an orange Marlins jersey sitting behind home plate at every postseason game:

Who is he? His name is Laurence Leavy, and he owns a law firm in Florida. The 58-year-old claims he’s been to around 100 World Series and Super Bowl games. Must be nice to have a bazillion dollars and that much free time.

marlins guy

Leavy claimed the Royals tried to make him move seats, out of view of TV cameras. From the Miami Herald:

“The owner of the Royals was extremely upset that I was there,” Leavy said Wednesday. They offered him a private suite if he would move. They tried enticing him with free World Series goodies if he would get rid of the jersey. No way, Marlins Man said.

Nice. But either way, Minor Leaguers weren’t entirely pleased:

We’ve figured it out — he has money and wants attention:

Even Bryce Harper chimed in:

Time to leave, says Foster Griffin:

So, yeah. Now he’s Internet famous and will haunt you the rest of October.

Moving on, the secret to improving your swing? Here it is:

Blue Jays prospect Dalton Pompey says he’s never found anything he’s lost:

Padres Minor Leaguer Ryan Miller showing off his orange Camaro at the gas pump:

Kenny Wilson had an encounter with his dog. Admittedly, I needed to refer to Urban Dictionary to fully understand this one:

Duh. They’re reading Minoring in Twitter:

Whatever helps burn calories, right?

Luke Jackson shows off an old portrait:

A bike ride through farm fields and rolling green mountains. Nice offseason:

Or would you prefer blue skies and sunny beaches?

Meanwhile, Michael Chavis isn’t embracing the nature surrounding him:

Here’s that photo of Fat Burt you’ve been waiting to see:

Dace Kime had sushi with his mom, just so you’re aware. Stuff like this is what Twitter was intended for:

Gym selfie:

Minoring in Twitter favorite Todd Van Steensel has a special note for his fans:

Behold, a SeaHawks Jack-o-Lantern:

Someone was very hungry:

Hard to top onion strings:

Michael Kopech is getting a little discouraged:

White Sox speedster Micah Johnson wasn’t knocked out by Breaking Bad, one of the most acclaimed, awarded and popular show in decades.

Hunter Cole is having a rough day:

Need some quick cash? Here’s your man:

Corey Black has a mess to clean up:

Whenever I see people using this totally not real word, I think of that poor guy detained in North Korea:

Here’s dinner:

Trevor Gretzky seemed to be the only Minor Leaguer to acknowledge the incident in Ottawa this week:

Need a surfboard?

Homemade BBQ sauce. The offseason can only go down from here, huh?

Ketchup is delicious:

Chipotle Tweets of the Week

Minoring in Twitter: Verlander rear-ended, Minor Leaguers freak out over Ebola

By Danny Wild /

Even though the CDC quickly reassured Americans that Ebola “poses no significant risk to the United States,” the virus’ terrifying hold on the public has spread even as far as the Minors. Have you recently touched the blood of an infected Ebola patient? No? You’re probably good to go then. But…

In America, one guy has it. Not so much an outbreak, but…

The difference between Bryce Harper, who’s in the playoffs, and his brother, who is in the kitchen:

Hashtag Billy Beane:

Another bad idea:

Ben Verlander isn’t having a good week:

Neither is this guy:

Will Startup shows off some classic ball art:

Yankees prospect Eric Jagielo will miss the Arizona Fall League after getting hit in the face with a pitch. He actually looks pretty good, considering:

Ever wake up and immediately think about when you’ll be able to go back to sleep? Right? Like every morning, pretty much?


What about ketchup?

Stick to Chipotle:


Is that the new iPhone 6?

Lake Elsinore’s Hunter Renfroe is ready for the offseason:

So is Dace Kime:

But how was the food?

What an amazing world we live in (minus the Ebola):


Luke Jackson needs sunscreen:

Hitting golf balls is a full-body workout:

JP Crawford’s prediction before a ho-hum Wild Card game:

Offseason conditioning meets helping your friend move apartments:

Prospects doing some pre-Wild Card trash talking:

How’d he die? Too much driving:

Derek Jeter’s career is over, and the young New York native shortstop the Yankees drafted to potentially replace Jeter? He’s watching Disney movies:

Todd Van Steensel, separated from Chipotle and Jimmy John’s, is now stuck with a new problem back home:

Daniel Norris getting ahead of himself:

Beats old peanut butter, right?

Big day coming up for Ty Kelly:

Setting your goals high:

Breaking news:

Breaking news, Part II:

Never heard of this holiday, have you?

Who knew?

Taylor Swift thinks about this too:

Chipotle Tweets of the Week

Duh. No debate:

Close call:

Looks good. Chipotle quality though?