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23 Chris Johnson 3B
Height/Weight: 6-3/225 | Birthdate: 10/1/1984 | Birthplace: Naples, FL | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Atlanta | College: Stetson | MLB Experience: 6 | Salary: $2,287,500 | Owned/Started%: 47/28 | Average Draft Position: 228.97
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Chris Johnson breaks out Friday with three hits


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2014) Braves third baseman Chris Johnson broke a hitless streak that had lasted nine at-bats Friday with three hits in his last four plate appearances in a victory over National League East rival Washington.

Johnson doubled in the third, singled in a run in the fifth and keyed the winning rally in the 10th with another single to bolster his season stat line to .275/.286/.450. His OBP has been weakened by the fact that he has walked just once.


Chris Johnson's HR proves to be game-winner


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2014) There wasn't much offense generated during Wednesday's game between the Brewers and Braves, as Matt Garza and Aaron Harang had quite the pitcher's duel. However, Braves third baseman Chris Johnson provided the only offense Harang would need during a 1-0 win for Atlanta.

Johnson broke up Garza's no-hit bid with two outs in the seventh inning when he crushed a solo home run to left field. Harang was also working on a no-hitter at the time, but he gave up his first hit leading off the bottom of the seventh.

Johnson, who had 12 home runs last season, is batting .250 (3 for 12) with one RBI through three games. He struck out twice Wednesday, raising his season total to three.


Braves manager considering lineup options


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2014) Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Tuesday he is leaning toward batting B.J. Upton second in the lineup, per MLB.com. Gonzalez said he is also mulling batting Chris Johnson cleanup and dropping Evan Gattis to sixth or seventh in the lineup.

Braves, Chris Johnson avoid arbitration


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/17/2014) The Braves and third baseman Chris Johnson avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $4.75 million.

Johnson had an exceptional year at the plate in his first season with the Braves in 2013, hitting .321/.358/.457 with 12 home runs and 68 RBI in 514 at-bats.


Braves tender lengthy list of arbitration candidates


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2013) Faced with a bevy of arbitration-eligible players ahead of Monday's non-tender deadline, the Braves opted to bring back all but three of them. Only one was actually signed to a contract, as the team agreed to undisclosed terms on a one-year deal with infielder Ramiro Pena, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

The team also tendered contracts to nine other players, whose salaries for 2014 will be determined by the arbitration process, unless contracts can be agreed upon. Pitchers Craig KimbrelBrandon Beachy, Kris Medlen, Mike Minor and Jordan Walden; infielders Freddie Freeman and Chris Johnson and outfielders Jason Heyward and Jordan Schafer will all return to the team next season. 


Chris Johnson goes hitless for third straight game


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2013) Braves third baseman Chris Johnson, who is second in the National League in the race for the batting title, went hitless for the third consecutive game in Wednesday's 4-0 loss to the Brewers.

Johnson owned a .332 average after going 2 for 4 against the Cubs Saturday but has went 0 for 11 over his next three games to drop to .325. The Braves wrap up the regular season with a four-game series against the Phillies that begins Thursday.


Chris Johnson sits Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2013) Braves infielder Chris Johnson is not in the team's starting lineup against the Brewers Tuesday.

Johnson will be replaced at third by Elliot Johnson. Though 499 at-bats, Chris Johnson is hitting .327/.363/.459.


Chris Johnson homers in three-hit performance


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2013) Braves third baseman Chris Johnson had a big game in Friday's 9-5 win over the Cubs, going 3 for 4 with a double, home run, two runs and two RBI. The three-hit performance puts him percentage points behind Michael Cuddyer for the NL batting title, with Cuddyer leading .3312 to .3306.

Johnson's home run was his first since Aug. 21. He's hit .331/.368/.466 with 11 home runs and 66 RBI in 487 at-bats.


Chris Johnson picks up three hits


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2013) Braves third baseman Chris Johnson had a strong game Thursday against the Marlins.

Johnson notched three hits, including a single and two doubles. He's hitting .330, and is a threat to win a batting title. He finished with no runs scored and two RBI.


Chris Johnson mashes four hits against Marlins


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2013) Braves third baseman Chris Johnson knocked four hits in Saturday's extra-inning victory over Miami.

Johnson finished 4 for 6 with two doubles, two singles and a run scored. At .331, Johnson remains the batting average leader in the National League, and he trails just Miguel Cabrera (.358) in the American League. Johnson has a .366 OBP and .469 SLG to go with the league's superior batting average.


Chris Johnson gets through return from toe issue


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2013) Braves infielder Chris Johnson returned to action Tuesday against the Indians, after missing the team's previous game with a toe injury. Johnson batted cleanup and went 1 for 3 with a strikeout in the game, a 2-0 win.

Chris Johnson back in action


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2013) Braves third baseman Chris Johnson, who missed Sunday's game with a left toe injury, returned to the starting lineup and is batting cleanup Tuesday night against the Indians.

Johnson is hitting .331/.367/.469 with 10 homers and 57 RBI in 405 at-bats this season.

Chris Johnson scratched with turf toe


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2013) Braves third baseman Chris Johnson was scratched from Sunday's lineup against the Cardinals because of a left turf toe injury. Johnson is batting .289 with a .470 slugging percentage, three doubles, four home runs and 20 RBI in 21 August games.

Johnson said he believes he will be ready to start Tuesday against the Indians, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.


Chris Johnson comes up big


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2013) Braves third baseman Chris Johnson came up with a big hit Wednesday against the Mets.

Johnson hit a go-ahead three-run home run in the top of the 10th inning. It was Johnson's only hit of the game. Prior to that at-bat, Johnson had struck out three times during the contest. He finished the game 1 for 5, with one run scored and three RBI.


Chris Johnson's average drops despite .302 average in August


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2013) Braves third baseman Chris Johnson went 1 for 3 with an RBI Sunday against the Nationals, extending his hitting streak to seven games. Johnson is batting .310 (9 for 29) with one home run, two doubles and nine RBI in his last seven games.

Johnson is batting .302 (19 for 63) in 16 August games, which has actually dropped his season average from .346 to .335. He is slugging .492 with an .810 OPS, three doubles, three home runs and 17 RBI in 16 August games.


Chris Johnson tossed after first at-bat


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2013) Braves infielder Chris Johnson was ejected from Saturday's game against the Marlins in the first inning, after arguing with a third strike call. Johnson threw his bat and helmet and was tossed from the game, finishing 0 for 1 with that strikeout. 

Chris Johnson hits one out for Braves


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2013) Braves third baseman Chris Johnson went deep in the first inning of Friday's 5-0 win over the Marlins. Johnson took Justin Turner deep for his eighth HR of the year. It was a three-run shot.

Johnson finished 1 for 4 in the game with the three RBI. He's batting .338 for the year for Atlanta.

Johnson has definitely cooled off a bit, but is still hitting .382 over his last 17 games with two homers and 12 RBI over that span.

Chris Johnson joins rarefied air with streak


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2013) Though it came to an end Saturday against the Phillies, Braves infielder Chris Johnson entered elite company with his eight multi-hit games in a row.

Johnson became the first Braves player since the team moved to Atlanta in 1966 to pick up eight multi-hit games in a row, and the first since Hank Aaron in 1959.

"It's amazing," Johnson told MLB.com. "I never thought I would ever have my name next to [Aaron's] for anything. It's an awesome feeling."

Johnson entered play Saturday with a league-leading .347 batting average, along with seven home runs and an .863 OPS. 


Chris Johnson's batting average misleading


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/2/2013) If the season ended today, Braves third baseman Chris Johnson would win the NL batting title. And yet I say he shouldn't be owned in more than his current 62 percent of Fantasy leagues.

So what if he's getting lots of hits if the point production is lacking? And the point production is lacking -- and not just because he was splitting time with Juan Francisco at the beginning of the season. Since the Braves designated Francisco for assignment May 30, making Johnson the regular third baseman, Johnson is only the 14th-best third baseman in Head-to-Head leagues -- replacement-level in a 12-team league -- and that's with a .345 batting average during that stretch. The surplus of hits simply isn't enough to make up for the lack of walks and homers.

And ultimately, his poor plate discipline figures to cost him a few points on that batting average. He entered the season batting just .276 in 1,229 career at-bats. Safe to say that's a large enough sample size to have some meaning.

Starting Johnson in Rotisserie leagues is a little easier to justify because of the corner infield spot, but in Head-to-Head leagues, I'll pass.


Chris Johnson collecting hits in second half


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2013) Braves third baseman Chris Johnson collected three hits, including one double, and three runs Sunday against the Cardinals. It was his third straight multi-hit game and he extended his hitting streak to six games.

Johnson is batting .395 (15 for 38) in 10 games in the second half. Unfortunately, he has no home runs and just three RBI in that span. Johnson has collected two doubles, two walks and eight runs in his last 10 games.


Second-half regression wouldn't be shocking for Chris Johnson


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/15/2013) Braves third baseman Chris Johnson had a strong finish to the 2012 season and has parlayed that momentum into a strong first half in 2013. Still, Fantasy owners should remain skeptical of the 28-year-old third baseman heading into the second half.

The formula for Johnson to have a strong finish is no doubt there. The Braves will be contending, giving Johnson plenty of lineup protection and RBI chances. I'm just a little worried the hits could stop falling for Johnson in the second half.

He finished the first half with a .415 BABIP. I'm aware Johnson is a good line-drive and ground-ball hitter, but that's even high for him. His career BABIP is .360, and he hit just .281 in 2012 while producing a .354 BABIP.

I'm not opposed to keeping Johnson on Fantasy rosters. It's just that Fantasy owners shouldn't be shocked if he regresses closer to the norms in the second half.


Chris Johnson sending batting average higher


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2013) Braves third baseman Chris Johnson pushed his hitting streak to 11 games Wednesday at Miami. He was 2 for 4 with one RBI, one run and his 20th double.

Johnson is batting .409 (18 for 44) with one home run, four doubles and eight RBI in his last 11 games. His batting average has increased from .319 to .339 in that span.


Chris Johnson stays hot with sixth home run


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2013) Braves third baseman Chris Johnson extended his hitting streak to eight games Sunday against the Phillies with a solo home run -- his sixth homer. Johnson, who went 1 for 4, is batting .419 (13 for 31) with a home run, three doubles and seven RBI in his last eight games.

Johnson has hit safely in 15 of his last 17 games. He's batting .377 (23 for 61) in that span, raising his season average from .317 to .336.


Chris Johnson continues to hit


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2013) Braves infielder Chris Johnson opened July with a big game Tuesday, as he had three hits in an 11-3 win over the Marlins.

Johnson went 3 for 4 for his first three-hit game since May 18, with two of those hits going for doubles. He drove in two runs and scored two more. Johnson is now hitting .330 for the season, including .321 since the start of May.   


Chris Johnson's fourth HR aids in Braves' win


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/20/2013) Braves third baseman Chris Johnson connected for a three-run homer off Mets starting pitcher Shaun Marcum, helping Atlanta to a 5-3 win Wednesday. It was Johnson's fourth home run and first since May 13.

Johnson is batting .275 (14 for 51) with a home run, five doubles and six RBI in 16 June games.