Micah Johnson got a preview of life in the big leagues Wednesday when he visited the White Sox.
The team’s speedy prospect, who earlier this week was named the Southern League championship series most valuable player, was honored by the club before Wednesday’s game.
Johnson -- a ninth-round selection in 2012 out of Indiana University -- stole a minor league-best 84 bases this season. Several members of the front office presented the second baseman with an honorary base in a pregame ceremony.
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Johnson, 22, started the season at Single-A Kannapolis and worked his way up to Double-A Birmingham. He had a .312/.373/.451 line with 24 doubles, 15 triples, seven home runs and 106 runs scored.
While he didn’t flourish at first at Birmingham, Johnson picked it up in the postseason. Per a MILB.com article, Johnson hit .368 with 12 runs, seven RBIs, seven walks and seven stolen bases in postseason play for Birmingham, which won the Southern League title.
“I hope (my game) translates,” Johnson said. “When I got to Double A, at first you are going to be nervous obviously. You think maybe your success was just because you are in the low levels. But I got there and stole like seven bases in the playoffs and got on base a lot, especially in the championship series. If I just stay to my approach, even at this level, I think it will translate just fine. … Just get on base anyway possible. Hit or error. Just don’t worry about it. Get on base so I can score.”
Johnson called Birmingham’s 3-2 series victory over Mobile “unbelievable.” The Indianapolis native will take a quick breather before he heads to Phoenix to start Arizona Fall League play on Oct. 8.
“I didn’t know what to do,” Johnson said of the title celebration. “Everybody was piling and I was like, you know how the middle infielders go to second base after a regular win. I kind of did that. I didn’t know to go to the dog pile.”
Wednesday provided Johnson with another “cool experience” as he toured the team’s home park. Johnson visited with former minor-league teammate Marcus Semien and several others.
He’s been so busy with life in the minors, Johnson admits he hasn’t pondered life in the majors even if he has advanced to within a few steps.
“Honestly, I haven’t even thought about it,” Johnson said. “It’s good to see (former teammates). Happy for them. I love watching them on TV each and every day. I haven’t really thought about it. I was busy playing the Double-A championship I guess. And when the time comes I’m going to keep working on it each day. If it happens it happens. I try (not) to look forward to the future and get excited, because then you’ll lose track of what you need to do each day to get better.”