MLB analyst: Chris Johnson a different player right now
Acquired on July 29 for a couple of minor leaguers, the third baseman has hit a ridiculous .345 with five home runs and 15 RBI in just eight games, leading many to wonder if he is the best trade pickup in all of baseball this season.
ESPN MLB analyst Tim Kurkjian, as a guest on Arizona Sports 620's Burns and Gambo, said it's likely the case.
"The guy seems to hit a home run -- or two -- seemingly every game," he said.
Kurjkian noted that it's not uncommon for a player to change teams and see his season take a monster turn for the better or worse, and it appears that's what's happening with Johnson right now.
"The beauty of it is the guy can just be a completely different player for two months and that's the only two months he has, good or bad," he said.
It's actually quite interesting.
And to think, Johnson has not even played a game at Chase Field, a notorious hitter's park.
"I can't tell you guys how many hitters have told me, 'boy I love going to that ballpark to hit,'" Kurkjian said. "Because it's got such a great batter's eye and the ambiance is just perfect for hitting.
"And now you get to play all of your home games there, a lot of guys really start to swing it when they arrive."
So Johnson could hit even better than he has been? Yes please.
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