SPOKANE, Wash. — Saquan Johnson continues to work on his hitting in the Texas Rangers’ minor-league system, a process that has been slow as he tries to cut down on his strikeouts.
Johnson, a 2012 graduate of East Bladen High who was selected in the 28th round of the Major League baseball draft in June 2012, is in his second season with the Spokane Indians of the Northwest League, a Class A short-season team of the Rangers.
Two weeks ago, Johnson put together a three-game hitting streak that earned him some additional playing time. But two straight hitless games that included four strikeouts followed and were a setback to his efforts.
But Johnson remained in the lineup, hitting out of the No. 9 position. And on Tuesday, July 1, Johnson went 1-for-3 with a walk and stolen base.
The following day, Johnson went 1-for-5.
On Thursday, the former Eagles star was hitless in three at-bats, but he rebounded on Friday with a 1-for-3 day that included a walk, stolen base and run scored.
Johnson did not play Saturday or Sunday.
For the week, Johnson was 3-for-17 with three walks, a run scored, two stolen bases and nine strikeouts.
He managed to raise his average to .160 for the season, where he is 8-for-50 with a double, home run and three RBI — but also with 24 strikeouts.
Johnson is hitting .167 versus lefthanders (1-for-6) and .159 versus righthanders (7-for-44) on the season.
The Indians have been in first place all season and are currently 17-7 in the North Division.