OF Jamie Johnson / photo: MotownSports.com

2011 MCB Down on the Farm All-Star Team: OF Jamie Johnson


The Detroit Tigers Minor League affiliates seasons are now officially in the books. With another season completed, the time has come for me to announce the 2011 MCB Down on the Farm All-Star Team.

In an effort to reward less talked about prospects, only players that did not receive a call-up to Detroit this season were eligible. While you may recognize some of the names, remember these awards aren’t a pronouncement of the Tigers top prospects. The awards were based heavily upon the best overall statistical season per position.

Similar to previous years, the breakdown of the roster will consist of one player per position, a designated hitter, five starting pitchers and five relievers.

2011 MCB Down on the Farm All-Star Team: OF Jamie Johnson

TEAM: AA-Erie SeaWolves

STATS: 534 AB, .275/.376/.378/.754

33 doubles, 5 triple, 4 home runs, 51 RBI, 14 SB, 84 BB and 92 SO


Jamie Johnson was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the seventh round of the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft. The 5’9″, 180 pound, left-handed batter attended University of Oklahoma. His first full season of pro ball began in 2010 when he joined the Class-A West Michigan Whitecaps. In 443 at-bats, Johnson hit .283 with a .413 on-base-percentage for the Whitecaps that season. Now 24-years old, Johnson skipped Advanced-A Lakeland and was assigned to the AA-Erie last season.


Johnson drives the ball to all fields with a decent amount of pop. He shows all the skills of a high average hitter who should continue to pick up more than his share of extra base hits. Scouts also grade Johnson consistently around average defensively.

Statically this season showed great promise for Johnson. He wasn’t particularly young for AA but it was a good sign that he handled the jump quite well. He posted career highs in doubles, home runs, RBI and stolen bases. Johnson also continued to prove that he can put the ball in play with gap power and take the occasional walk.


The days of the Detroit Tigers having an over abundance of MLB ready top tier outfield prospects are in the past. The majority of their high-ceiling guys are 21-years-old or younger and are in the lower levels. What we’re seeing more of now is a lot more low-ceiling bench guys at the upper levels. Realistically Johnson profiles as “that guy”. That’s not really a knock on him or his skill-set either. Best case scenario, he has a solid spring and puts up solid numbers in AAA-Toledo. Injuries or trades would of course be instrumental in any future with the big league club.

The Tigers will likely continue to challenge Johnson and hope for the best. As I previously mentioned, I expect him to begin 2012 with the AAA-Toledo Mud Hens.

Congratulations to Jamie Johnson for an outstanding season.


2011 MCB Down on the Farm All-Stars

C Rob Brantly

3B Nick Castellanos  

SS Gustavo Nunez

2B Brandon Douglas

1B Jordan Lennerton

OF Danry Vasquez 

OF Avisail Garcia 


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  • Sam Genson

    not adding any value with the comment – I just want to say that his helmet look 3 sizes too large on his head. Like if a 5 year old wore an adult batting helmet.

    I am intrigued by his production though. he seems to be one of those gritty types that Leyland would love.


      @Sam Genson Ha Ha! I know it looks like the movie Space Balls right?!
      Actually I think it’s one of those concision lids.

  • MCBjohnverburg

    I do like his on base ability. Probably a 4th outfielder, but a guy that could actually post a .350 OBP at the top of this order would be intriguing.

  • ChrisHannum

    I’ve been waiting to see this guy and confused why he has been advancing so slowly given his age and numbers. The Tigers have loads of run producers at the big league level, not a lot of table-setting ability. Johnson could definitely have a niche to fill.

    • MCBjohnverburg

      @ChrisHannum He was a senior draft, and he actually has moved at a good pace. He skipped high A entirely. Johnson’s problem is he simply lacks any other above average tool, and is pretty pedestrian across the board. But he could find himself on a roster though as an extra.

      • JAYRC_MCB

        @MCBjohnverburg thanks you beat me me to it. Hitting for average is currently his only real asset as we both said which is okay I guess. He more than handled himself last year though which was a good sign. He may have to marinate in AAA for a bit but I’m sure he’ll eventually get a chance if the average continues to hover around .275 or so.

        • ChrisHannum

          @JAYRC_MCB@MCBjohnverburg He doesn’t really hit for spectacular average, but he also has drawn a lot of walks which is a big deal for a top-of-the-order kind of guy with limited power.

        • JAYRC_MCB

          @ChrisHannum right on sir. I’m always partial to prospects that have high walk numbers. The one thing that concerns me a bit though is his strikeout ratio. One would assume it increases as the levels increase.

        • ChrisHannum

          @JAYRC_MCB That is true, strikeout rates tend to rise and walk rates tend to fall as they go up levels.