Adam McInturff of 2080 Baseball is back with scouting reports on all of the Washington Nationals’ prospects who participated in the Arizona Fall League.
We already looked at Carter Kieboom. Here’s a scouting report on outfielder Daniel Johnson in the AFL...
Name: Daniel Johnson
Age (as of September 1, 2018): 23y, 1m
Present Role: 30
Future Role: 45 (4th Outfielder)
2018 Level: Harrisburg (AA)
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Johnson struggled mightily this fall for Salt River, though he looked the same as the regular season from a tools perspective and actually showed some gains in his patience. Some of his performance could be a result of fatigue, as he missed time with injury and came to Fall League after participating in instructs. Johnson could wind up a tweener in the big leagues, lacking the glove for CF and the standout offensive tools for a prominent role on a corner. That said, he’s athletic and is respectable enough with the bat to spot-start around the outfield.
The Nationals’ outfield depth is often noted, and it affords Johnson more development time than he would have elsewhere. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as he could use a full season of health in the high-minors and more time to work against advanced pitching. Conservatively, he should be in the big league mix at some point in 2020.
A native of Washington, D.C., Adam will be periodically contributing scouting pieces on Nationals prospects for Federal Baseball. Currently, he’s the Assistant Director of Professional Evaluation at 2080 Baseball. Previously, Adam worked in the Baseball Operations departments of the Baltimore Orioles and Texas Rangers after serving as a Senior Prospect Writer for Baseball Prospectus. You can follow him on Twitter: @2080adam. Adam can be reached at email@example.com for all podcast and media requests.