By: W. Curt Vincent Editor
September 3, 2013
SURPRISE, Ariz. — Saquan Johnson’s second season in professional baseball is over.
The Arizona Rangers lost to the Dodgers on Saturday in the semifinals of the Arizona Rookie League playoffs, 9-4.
Johnson, a 2011 graduate of East Bladen and a 28th-round pick by the Texas Rangers in the draft that summer, began the season in Spokane, Wash., the Class A short-season affiliate of the Rangers. But after 24 games, Johnson was sent back to the Arizona Rookie League, where he finished up the season.
On Saturday, Johnson was in the No. 7 hole of the batting order as the Indians’ DH, and he reached base all four times he batted.
Johnson singled but was left stranded at third in the second inning. In the fourth, he doubled home two runs and was again left stranded. Johnson walked in the sixth and stole second base, but was left there. And, in the ninth inning, Johnson reached base on an error and scored moments later,
With the Spokane Indians, Johnson played 24 games and hit .113 by going 8-for-71. He scored six runs, had two triples and drove in three runs. But his undoing was his strikeouts — he had 39.
With the Arizona Rangers, Johnson played in 18 games and hit .258 by going 15-for-58. He scored eight runs, had five doubles, two triples and drove in five. His strikeouts were cut down to 18.
For his sophomore season, Johnson hit .178 over 42 games, going 23-for-129 with 14 runs scored, five doubles, four triples, eight RBI and 57 strikeouts.