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Mark Johnson CWhite Sox

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
8 1102 .218 .314 .318 .226 1.4
Birth Date9-12-1975
Height6' 0"
Weight185 lbs
BatsL
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1998 CHA 22 7 24 23 2 2 0 2 0 6 1 8 0 0 0 1 0 0 .087 .125 .261 .149 -1.4 -0.1 -0.1
1999 CHA 23 73 248 207 27 47 11 0 4 70 36 58 2 2 1 16 3 1 .227 .344 .338 .242 6.9 0.6 0.7
2000 CHA 24 75 251 213 29 48 11 0 3 68 27 40 1 0 10 23 3 2 .225 .315 .319 .223 2.6 -0.4 0.2
2001 CHA 25 61 211 173 21 43 6 1 5 66 23 31 2 3 10 18 2 1 .249 .338 .382 .250 7.5 0.4 0.8
2002 CHA 26 86 302 263 31 55 8 1 4 77 30 52 3 0 6 18 0 0 .209 .297 .293 .217 2.0 -0.9 0.1
2003 OAK 27 13 33 27 3 3 1 0 0 4 3 4 1 1 1 3 0 0 .111 .219 .148 .157 -1.7 -0.1 -0.2
2004 MIL 28 7 15 11 1 1 0 0 0 1 3 2 0 1 0 2 0 0 .091 .267 .091 .158 -0.9 0.1 -0.1
2008 SLN 32 10 18 17 1 5 0 0 0 5 1 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 .294 .333 .294 .226 -0.3 -0.1 -0.0
Career33211029341152043741629712419797288384.218.314.318.22614.8-0.51.4

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
1995 HIC A 107 385 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .210 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 SBN A 67 262 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .277 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 PRW A+ 18 72 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .269 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 WNS A+ 0 486 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .318 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 CHA MLB 7 24 .149 .260 .326 .412 .257 .133 101 -2.9 0.7 0.4 -0.1 0.2 -1.4 -0.1 -1.4 -0.1
1998 BIR AA 0 493 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .329 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 CHA MLB 73 248 .242 .276 .347 .440 .265 .293 99 -5.3 6.9 4.7 0.6 1.2 6.9 0.7 6.9 0.7
2000 CHA MLB 75 251 .223 .272 .344 .441 .263 .265 96 -11.1 7.1 4.8 -0.4 0.7 2.6 0.2 2.6 0.2
2001 CHA MLB 61 211 .250 .270 .337 .441 .266 .271 103 -2.3 5.8 3.8 0.4 -0.6 7.5 0.8 7.5 0.8
2001 CHR AAA 55 228 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .306 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 CHA MLB 86 302 .217 .269 .335 .428 .267 .246 102 -13.8 8.0 5.2 -0.9 1.1 2.0 0.1 2.0 0.1
2003 OAK MLB 13 33 .157 .270 .336 .435 .268 .125 95 -3.7 0.9 0.6 -0.1 0.6 -1.7 -0.2 -1.7 -0.2
2003 SAC AAA 51 204 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .248 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 MIL MLB 7 15 .158 .243 .321 .430 .260 .100 95 -1.7 0.4 0.2 0.1 -0.0 -0.9 -0.1 -0.9 -0.1
2004 IND AAA 88 329 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .286 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 IOW AAA 60 216 .266 .278 .350 .434 .277 .291 98 1.1 4.9 2.8 -0.4 -0.4 2.5 0.2 2.5 0.2
2006 NAS AAA 48 162 .208 .263 .330 .404 .261 .241 96 -8.9 4.6 2.7 -0.6 -1.1 -3.8 -0.4 -3.8 -0.4
2007 TUC AAA 80 301 .291 .281 .345 .439 .262 .336 109 10.5 9.0 3.4 -1.2 -0.2 20.7 1.9 20.7 1.9
2008 SLN MLB 10 18 .226 .269 .336 .424 .264 .333 98 -0.7 0.5 0.3 -0.1 -0.2 -0.3 -0.0 -0.3 -0.0
2008 MEM AAA 66 239 .251 .278 .346 .443 .260 .299 100 -2.5 7.3 4.2 -1.9 3.0 12.2 1.0 12.2 1.0
2009 IOW AAA 22 82 .179 .273 .349 .410 .277 .211 92 -6.9 2.3 1.4 -0.0 -1.6 -4.1 -0.4 -4.1 -0.4
2010 IOW AAA 2 2 .321 .303 .365 .465 .276 1.000 95 0.1 0.1 0 -0.0 0.3 1.1 0.1 1.1 0.1

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1995 HIC A 385 31 58 9 0 2 17 59 52 3 5 .182 .313 .229 .047 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 SBN A 262 29 55 14 3 2 27 39 25 3 3 .257 .368 .379 .121 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 PRW A+ 72 9 14 3 0 0 3 13 6 0 0 .241 .389 .293 .052 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 WNS A+ 486 59 95 27 4 4 46 106 85 4 2 .253 .424 .379 .125 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 BIR AA 493 68 108 17 3 9 59 105 72 0 1 .283 .444 .414 .131 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 CHA MLB 24 2 2 0 2 0 1 1 8 0 0 .087 .125 .261 .174 .149 -1.4 -0.1 -0.1
1999 CHA MLB 248 27 47 11 0 4 16 36 58 3 1 .227 .344 .338 .111 .242 6.9 0.6 0.7
2000 CHA MLB 251 29 48 11 0 3 23 27 40 3 2 .225 .315 .319 .094 .223 2.6 -0.4 0.2
2001 CHR AAA 228 24 53 5 2 4 24 29 34 2 1 .270 .361 .378 .107 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 CHA MLB 211 21 43 6 1 5 18 23 31 2 1 .249 .338 .382 .133 .250 7.5 0.4 0.8
2002 CHA MLB 302 31 55 8 1 4 18 30 52 0 0 .209 .297 .293 .084 .217 2.0 -0.9 0.1
2003 SAC AAA 204 28 37 11 1 3 30 35 23 0 1 .228 .373 .364 .136 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 OAK MLB 33 3 3 1 0 0 3 3 4 0 0 .111 .219 .148 .037 .157 -1.7 -0.1 -0.2
2004 IND AAA 329 39 72 18 0 5 38 43 44 3 2 .256 .355 .374 .117 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 MIL MLB 15 1 1 0 0 0 2 3 2 0 0 .091 .267 .091 .000 .158 -0.9 0.1 -0.1
2005 IOW AAA 216 19 47 10 1 3 26 34 25 0 1 .266 .386 .384 .119 .266 2.5 -0.4 0.2
2006 NAS AAA 162 14 29 7 0 2 10 14 31 1 0 .203 .280 .294 .091 .208 -3.8 -0.6 -0.4
2007 TUC AAA 301 37 78 10 0 4 34 52 21 0 2 .320 .441 .410 .090 .291 20.7 -1.2 1.9
2008 MEM AAA 239 17 53 9 0 1 31 33 28 1 1 .264 .370 .323 .060 .251 12.2 -1.9 1.0
2008 SLN MLB 18 1 5 0 0 0 2 1 2 0 0 .294 .333 .294 .000 .226 -0.3 -0.1 -0.0
2009 IOW AAA 82 6 12 0 1 0 4 8 14 2 2 .169 .280 .197 .028 .179 -4.1 -0.0 -0.4
2010 IOW AAA 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .500 .500 .500 .000 .321 1.1 -0.0 0.1

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 62 0.5806 0.4032 0.8000 0.6111 0.1154 0.8182 0.6667 0.2000
Career620.58060.40320.80.61110.11540.81820.66670.2

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2010-08-13 2010-09-07 Minors 25 0 Not Disclosed -
2010-06-18 2010-08-10 Minors 53 0 Not Disclosed -
2010-06-05 2010-06-12 Minors 7 0 Not Disclosed -
2010-05-09 2010-05-22 Minors 13 0 Not Disclosed -
2010-04-06 2010-04-16 Minors 10 0 Right Ankle Sprain -
2009-07-01 2009-08-31 Minors 61 0 Neck Strain -
2009-06-01 2009-06-16 Minors 15 0 Neck Strain -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2003 OAK $500,000
2002 CHA $320,000
2000 CHA $250,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
3 yrPrevious$1,070,000
3 yrTotal$1,070,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
4 y 83 d

Details
  • signed as a free agent from STL 08-09 (minor-league contract)
  • sent outright to Triple-A 10/23/08 contract purchased 9/1/08 sent to minor-league camp 3/17/08
  • FA 12/12/07 (minor-league contract)
  • sent to minor-league camp 4/06 signed as a free agent from CHC 11/05 (minor-league contract)
  • acquired in trade from MIL 3/05 re-signed 11/04 (minor-league contract) sent outright to Triple-A 10/04 contract purchased 9/04 sent to minor-league camp 3/04 signed as a free agent from OAK 12/03 (minor-league contract) designated for assignment 10/03 recalled 9/03 optioned to Triple-A 5/03
  • 1 year/$0.5M (03)+bonuses
  • acquired in trade from CWS 11/02 recs bonuses of additional $25K each for 60,80,100,120 games played
  • 1 year/$0.32M (02) 3/02
  • recalled 6/01

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
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Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
0% 0% 0% 0% 0%

Upside By Year

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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2009 A member of six different Triple-A teams in the last six seasons, minor league warrior Mark Johnson got a brief sip last September for the first time since 2004. He'll have to keep on moving for a shot at another.
2005 There's no question that we are big fans of plate discipline and players that can draw walks. However, there's more to offensive production than convincing yourself to keep the bat on your shoulder, and Johnson simply lacks the requisite skills to actually hit a baseball. His .217 career batting average isn't a fluke; if you throw him strikes, you can get him out. Re-signed to a minor league deal, Johnson should head to Nashville and play Crash Davis for the pitching staff.
2003 Johnson isnít Piazza-in-waiting, but the Sox should have taken a chance on him instead of screwing around with Sandy Alomar Jr. last year. A lot of Johnsonís offensive value comes from his strong plate discipline, which some teams donít value as much as others. It isnít surprising the Aís nabbed him in the Foulke-Koch trade. Heíll be backing up Ramon Hernandez in 2003, with his defense and patience giving him the opportunity to push into sharing the job.
2002 Johnson has been the Sox' best option for catcher since the middle of the 1999 season. Despite this, they've messed around with Sandy Alomar, Josh Paul, and Brook Fordyce while shuttling Johnson between Illinois and North Carolina. Feh. He was the semi-regular in the second half of 2001; if he can get 350-400 at-bats in 2002, the Sox will get back to the top of the division. Good arm.
2001 Mark Johnson is out of favor. Heís considered too passive a hitter, but drawing walks is his primary offensive skill. Unlike Josh Paul, he's never been one of Kenny Williamsís guys, even though he is an outstanding catcher and plate blocker. If the Sox werenít so stubborn about Paul, Johnson would give them 60 walks and a dozen home runs in the ninth slot as a semi-regular. Now, he'll wait for the inevitable Sandy Alomar injury.
2000 Johnson is already one of the best defensive catchers in the game, good at framing and receiving pitches. He's also one of the most nimble catchers, making it look easy when he pushes off his back leg from the crouch to put himself squarely in front of an errant pitch. Beyond that, he contributes to the offense by working pitchers and taking walks. Heís comparable to Mike LaValliere, and potentially better.
1998 Johnson has been a disappointment since his selection in the first round, but heís a polished defender and handles his pitching staff well. Although he isnít progressing offensively like theyíd hoped, he has the most important offensive skill: control of the strike zone.
1997 Late bloomer? It took him three tries, until he was 26, to figure out AA pitching, and you could charitably call 1995 a year that should have been spent in Calgary. Itís hard to imagine heíll do any better than this, and itís barely adequate for a first baseman.

BP Articles

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  Title Author Date
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: National League, March 30-April 4Christina Kahrl2006-04-07
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: November 18-22Christina Kahrl2005-11-23
Prospectus Triple Play: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee BrewersBaseball Prospectus2005-05-19
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: March 16-28, 2005Christina Kahrl2005-04-01
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: October 27-November 2Christina Kahrl2004-11-16
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: September 30-October 26, 2004Christina Kahrl2004-11-03
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: August 30-September 15Christina Kahrl2004-09-17
Prospectus Today: BiasedJoe Sheehan2004-06-24
You Could Look It Up: Draft EditionSteven Goldman2004-06-09
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: May 27-June 5, 2003Christina Kahrl2003-06-07
Prospectus Triple Play: Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland AthleticsBaseball Prospectus2003-05-12
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: Desert Doodles, Part IIJoe Sheehan2003-03-13


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Advanced Catching Metrics

Year Framing Chances Extra Strikes Framing Runs Framing Runs per 7000 Blocking Chances PB/WP Saved Blocking Runs Blocking Runs per 7000 Total Receiving Runs Total Receiving Runs per 7000
2008 367 1 0.4 7.4 229 -0.1 -0.0 -1.1 0.4 6.4

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