Johnson catches the and is about to tag Gardner out. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)
Kelly Johnson is a guy that we had long talked about how nice it would be if the Jays could pick him up. He has a down year and we were able to make a trade of our disappointing 2B (plus Johnny Mac) for him.
The trouble with buying low is that sometimes low is the new level of ability of a player. In this case, after hitting .209/.287/.412 in 114 games with the Diamondbacks he hit .270/.364/.417 in 33 games with us. Shouldn't read much into such a small sample though. Aaron Hill hit great in his 33 games with Arizona too.
The last 2 seasons Kelly has had UZRs of 7.7 and 3.1, which matches up nicely with what my eyes saw, I thought the was a pretty good defensive player, maybe not Gold Glove level but pretty good. I thought he turned the DP well too.
Here are Kelly's career numbers.
|162 Game Avg.||162||653||572||90||149||33||7||19||69||12||6||70||137||.260||.343||.441||.784|
The question here is what will he do in 2012. Bill James figures him to hit .251/.334/.496, with 19 home runs and 62 RBI (I think Bill figures the Jays will be smart enough to bat Kelly in the 2 spot) in 148 games. Those numbers look pretty good to me.
I'll guess .265/.355/.520, with 22 homers and 70 RBI in 145 games. Tell us what you think.