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Christopher Dalton Johnson

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3B Chris Johnson was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 4th round of the 2006 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Jon Bunnell and made his pro debut that summer. He made his debut with the Astros late in the 2009 season, going 2 for 22 in 11 games, and then became their starting third baseman in 2010. As a rookie, he hit .308 with 22 doubles and 11 homers in 94 games. In 2011, he played 107 games, hitting .251/.291/.378, with 21 doubles and 7 homers in what was a generally disappointing season.

On July 29, 2012, the Astros traded Johnson to the Arizona Diamondbacks in return for two prospects, OFs Marc Krauss and Bobby Borchering (who had gone to the same high school as Johnson). Johnson was hitting .279 with 21 doubles, 8 homers and 41 RBIs in 92 games with the Astros. It was the third trade of a veteran for prospects by the Astros in one week, while the D-Backs were looking to upgrade at 3B after having traded first-half starter Ryan Roberts a few days earlier. Chris wasted no time making his presence felt: in his first game as D-Back on July 30th, he hit a grand slam off Aaron Harang of the Los Angeles Dodgers in a 7-2 win. He then upped the ante a week later on August 7th, hitting a pair of homers in leading the D-Backs to a 10-4 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. He hit .286 in 44 games for Arizona, for a combined batting line of .281/.326/.451 in 136 games, with 28 doubles, 15 homers and 76 RBI.

On January 24, 2013, Johnson was traded to the Atlanta Braves along with OF Justin Upton in return for IF/OF Martin Prado, Ps Randall Delgado and Zeke Spruill, and IFs Nick Ahmed and Brandon Drury. Upton was the biggest name in the deal but Johnson turned out to be a prize catch too. He played 142 games as the Braves' regular third baseman and hit .321 with 34 doubles and 12 homers as the team's most consistent offensive performer; he scored 54 runs and drove in 68 with an OPS+ of 121. He was second in the National League in batting average, behind Michael Cuddyer. He continued to hit well in the NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers, going 7 for 17 with 5 RBI, but the Braves were eliminated in four games. Early in 2014, the Braves showed his confidence in Johnson, signing him for three years for $23.5 million.

Johnson is the son of Ron Johnson.

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