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Kelly Andrew Johnson

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Atlanta Braves Hitting Coach Terry Pendleton and Infielder Kelly Johnson on the right.

Kelly Johnson was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 1st round of the 2000 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Charlie Smith and made his pro debut that summer.

Jonson, who was drafted as a shortstop, began his big league career as an outfielder with the Braves in 2005. He was later converted to second base and enjoyed a couple of fine seasons at the position.

After joining the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2010, he suddenly exploded as a power hitter, hitting 9 home runs to lead the National League in the month of April and being named the league's Player of the Month. He played a career-high 154 games that season, hitting .284/.370/.496 with 26 homers, 93 runs scored and 71 RBI as the D-Backs' number two hitter. He struggled a bit at the plate in 2011, however, and was hitting only .209 in 114 games, with 18 homers, when he was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays on August 23rd in return for 2B Aaron Hill and veteran infielder John McDonald with the D-Backs holding a slight lead over the San Francisco Giants in the NL West.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 2 (2010 & 2011)

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