Mark Johnson

Sport: Baseball
Position: catcher
Nationality: United States United States
Birth date: 1975-09-12 (39 years)

Mark Landon Johnson is a professional baseball player from the United States of America and plays as a catcher. Johnson played for the Warner Robins High School before being picked by the Chicago White Sox in the 1994 MLB Draft. He was picked at 26th overall.

He started off extremely slowly, with a .241 batting average in 1994 and a .182 in 1995. In 1996, there was a small, yet marked, difference in his performance as he played in the A-league. In the regular league, he batted at .257 in 67 games but in the Advanced A-league, he managed only a .241 average.

Johnson was always great at drawing walks and in 1997, had walked 106 times while being struck out only 85 times. However, his batting average wasn’t any better, at .252. Things began to change in the following year and he had a .283 average with 105 walks and 72 strikeouts, gaining him a promotion. A 22-year old Johnson made his Major League debut in September 1998 and went 0-1 at the plate. Overall, he had another poor season with just 2 hits in 23 at-bats. His batting average was .087 although both his hits were triples.

He was part of the team roster for the 1999 season as a backup for Brook Fordyce. His batting improved to .227 with 4 home runs and 16 RBI. Johnson started 75 games in 2000 and batted at .225 with 3 home runs and 23 RBIs. In 2001, he spent 55 games in the minors although he would still play for the White Sox and have his best performance so far. He batted at .249 and had 10 sacrifice hits.

A drop in form in 2002 prompted a trade out to the Oakland Athletics. He stayed in the minors for most of the year and hit at .228, his 11 Major League games saw an average of .111 only.

At the end of the season, he was a free agent and the Milwaukee Brewers swooped in for him, bringing him on and putting him in the minor leagues. He hit .259 with the bat but in the majors, was unimpressive with .097 at 11 at-bats. That led to him turning into a free agent again at the end of the season and he was thereafter signed by the Brewers once more, who traded him out to the Chicago Cubs. A 2005 spent in the minors saw a .266 batting average but he was a free agent again, going back to the Brewers for more minor league action in 2006.

He signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks and was playing the minors again, however this time ‘round, his batting average was .320. Not getting a call up, he signed a minor league contract with the St. Louis Cardinals and was part of their 2008 Spring Training but couldn’t make the team. However, later in September, he did receive a call up.

He signed with the Chicago Cubs for the 2009 season and in all likelihood, will continue playing in the minors.

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