Daniel Ryan Johnson... Married with three children... Attended the University of Nebraska... Was an All-Big 12 selection his junior year after hitting .368 with a league-leading 21 home runs... Was a Baseball America Second Team All-America as a senior after batting .361 with 25 homers and 86 RBI... Is a 1997 graduate of Blaine (Minn.) High School.
Spent the majority of the year with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre before making appearances for the Norfolk Tides and the Baltimore Orioles...Had a season-high 10-game hit streak from June 29-July 8 with the RailRiders batting .368 (14-38) over that stretch...Ranked 1st with 26 doubles on the RailRiders despite being released in late August...Appeared in three games with BAL in September.
Appeared in 31 games (22 starts) over two stints with Tampa Bay, hitting .119 (10-84) with two home runs and four RBI...made his third career Opening Day roster...hit .115 (9-78) during his first stint with the Rays before being designated for assignment on 5/20 and being released...re-signedwith Tampa Bay on 5/24 and was assigned to class AAA Durham...wasrecalled from Durham on 9/14 and finished the season with the Rays...connected on a game-winning, three-run home run on 4/8 at the White Sox,giving the Rays their first lead and win of the season...hit a game-tying,pinch-hit home run in the ninth inning on 9/28 vs. New York-AL...Rays wenton to win the game and clinch the American League Wild Card...batted.273 (91-333) with 23 doubles, 13 home runs, 52 RBI and 52 runs scoredin 93 games with Durham...hit .307 (54-176) with 10 homers in the secondhalf...reached base safely in 44 consecutive road games from 5/26-9/5,the longest streak in the International League...also compiled a 23-gameon-base streak overall from 6/26-7/21 (.352, 31-88)...went 5-6 with a homerun and four RBI on 7/21 vs. Rochester...Sox acquisition recommendedby Bill Young.
Totaled 37 HR, 118 RBI and 100 walks in 138 games between the Rays and Triple-A Durham...earned a number of minor league honors, including International League Most Valuable Player, IL midseason and postseason All-Star and Rays Minor League Player of the Year ... has hit 159 minor league home runs. ... Was selected from Durham on Aug 3 andappeared in 40 games down the stretch forthe Rays, including 33 starts (17-DH, 11-1B,5-3B)...also appeared in 3 games in left field. ... Hit 7 home runs with 23 RBI in only 40 gamesfor the Rays, averaging one homer every 15.9at-bats and one RBI every 4.8 at-bats...alsowalked 25 times in 140 plate appearances ... his rate of one walk per 5.60 plate appearancesranked 4th among major leaguers with 100or more plate apps. ... Walked 12 times in his first 40 plate apps withthe Rays including a 4-walk game on Aug 10 atDET, tying the club record (8th time). ... Had more RBI (23) than hits (22) ... 10 of his 23RBI either tied the game or gave the Rays thelead. ... Started 3 games at 3B with Evan Longoriasidelined in late September ... had neverstarted at 3B in the majors prior to this, but appearedin 36 games there for Durham earlierin the year. ... Has had two tours with the Rays, each comingduring the pennant races of 2008 and 2010 ... has hit a total of 9 home runs for the Rays duringthat time and 7 have come against Boston(4) or New York (3)...5 have produced gametyingor go-ahead RBI. ... On Sep 15 vs. NYY tagged Phil Hughes for apair of two-run, go-ahead home runs in the 5thand 7th innings, each with the Rays trailing bya run ... Rays won 4-3 and moved past the Yankeesand into first place. ... Drove in the game-winning runs in back-tobackgames, Aug 28-29 vs. BOS...on Aug 28hit a walk-off solo homer in the 10th inning offScott Atchison for a 3-2 win ... it was his firstcareer walk-off home run and his first careerhomer in extra innings...the next night, Aug 29,his RBI single in the 6th off John Lackey brokea 3-3 tie en route to the 5-3 victory. ... Was named IL MVP despite his Aug 3 callup...it was his second MVP award at theTriple-A level (also 2004 in the Pacific CoastLeague). ... Led the IL with 30 HR, 95 RBI, 75 walks, .430OBP and .624 SLG...at the time of his call-up,led all minor leaguers in RBI ... was a mid- andpostseason IL All-Star, and won the Triple-AHome Run Derby at Coca-Cola Park, home ofLehigh Valley Iron Pigs. ... Led all Rays farmhands in home runs andRBI...ranked 4th in batting (.303) ... averagedone homer every 11.33 AB for Durham. ... Played in 98 games for the Bulls (33-3B, 30-DH, 22-LF, 13-1B). ... Hit 7 HR in his first 12 games for the Bulls ... went 3-for-4 with 2 HR and 8 RBI in an 18-1 winMay 23 vs. Pawtucket (Red Sox).
Spent the season with the Yokohama Bay Stars of the Japanese Central League, where he hit .215 (70-for-325) with 24 HR and 57 RBI...Played mostly first base and filled in at third base...DH'd during interleague games...Start of the season was interrupted by a separated shoulder and bruised toe he suffered inspring training.
In 2008 played 113 games for Triple-A Durham at DH, 1B, 3B and LF and hit primarily cleanup...was named Durham's Player of the Year and earned a Sep 9 call-up with the Rays...made 5 starts (4-1B, LF) after the recall and appeared in 10 of 20 games thereafter...On Sep 9, the day he was selected from Triple-A Durham, arrived at Fenway Park at gametime after flight delays...in his first at-bat, hita game-tying pinch-hit home run in the 9th offJonathan Papelbon as the Rays went on to win5-4...was the first successful pinch-hit of hiscareer (entered 0-15)...Johnson was the firstplayer in the last 50 years to hit a Septemberhome run in the 9th inning (or later) in his firstat-bat for a first-place team....Homered Sep 15 vs. BOS off Chris Smith, a2-run shot in the 7th...was the 9th HR by thetwo clubs, setting a record for most HR in agame at Tropicana Field...matched the recordfor most HR by both clubs in any Rays game....Was claimed off waivers from Oakland onApril 18...added to 25-man roster April 21 andwas in uniform for one game vs. TOR at Disneyin Orlando...designated for assignment April23, as the Rays acquired Gabe Gross fromMilwaukee...on April 25 was outrighted toDurham, where he remained until September....With Durham, batted a team-high .307 (5thin IL, 3rd in Rays organization and 1st amongRays full-season players) with 25 HR (6th in IL,2nd in org.), 83 RBI (7th in IL, 5th in org.) and23 2B...his .424 OBP led the IL and ranked 4thamong Triple-A players, and his .556 SLG ledthe team and ranked 3rd in the IL...85 runsplaced 3rd in the IL and 84 BB were 2nd mostamong Triple-A players....Started at DH and hit cleanup in all 4 ofDurham's games vs. Louisville (Reds) in thefirst round of the IL playoffs, as the Bulls advancedto the Governor's Cup finals...in Game1, a 3-0 road victory, he and Chris Richardhomered back-to-back to lead off the 7th...was called up to the majors between the semisand finals....After the All-Star break hit .346 (55-159) with11 HR, 14 2B, 36 RBI, .453 OBP, .642 SLG...hit.281 (66-235), 11 HR, .498 SLG in the 1st half....Pinch-hit for the A's on April 2 vs. BOS in hisonly appearance for Oakland in 2008...wasdesignated for assignment on April 9.
Batted .236 with 18 home runs and 62 RBI in 117 games in his third season with the A's...added 72 walks for a .349 on-base percentage...had careerhighs in games, at bats (416), home runs, RBI, walks and strikeouts (77) and matched his best in triples (1)...hit .237 (62 for 262) against righthandedpitchers and .234 (36 for 154) against left-handers...now has a.249 (194 for 778) career average against right-handers and .247 (74 for299) against lefties...his average dropped to .200 with runners in scoringposition, which ranked seventh lowest in the American League...has a.219 (64 for 292) career average with RISP...was 1 for 14 (.071) with thebases loaded, which was the lowest mark in the AL...is a .188 (6 for 32)career hitter with the bases full, but three of the six hits are grand slams...hit.217 in Oakland after batting .284 in the Coliseum over the first two yearsof his career...batted .260 before the All-Star Break and .204 after thebreak...hit .267 during the day compared to .218 at night...now has a .293(119 for 406) career average during the day and .222 (149 for 671) atnight...ranked second in the AL in highest percent of pitches taken(64.5%)...hit .190 in interleague play...went 14 for 33 (.424) against Clevelandand batted .357 with four home runs and eight RBI in eight gamesagainst Kansas City...has a .333 (22 for 66) career average against theRoyals with seven home runs and 13 RBI in 19 games...started games atevery spot in the order from third through seventh and made a team leading40 starts in the five spot...was 4 for 26 (.154) in eight games hittingthird...committed four errors over his first 58 games at first base and thenfinished the season with a 39-game errorless streak for a career best .996fielding percentage...started a team leading 96 games at first base, but allof those came over a 124-game stretch from April 25, when he was reinstatedfrom the disabled list, to September 9, the day before Daric Bartonwas promoted from Sacramento...started 12 of the A's final 18 games atdesignated hitter and made 17 starts at DH for the season...batted .263with four home runs and 15 RBI as a DH and was 0 for 3 as a pinch hitter...is now 0 for 14 with two walks and two RBI in his career in thepinch...began the season on the 15-day disabled list with a torn labrum inhis left hip but missed just 20 games...went 3 for 5 (.600) with a home runand three RBI in two games with Triple-A Sacramento on a rehab assignmenton April 23 and 24 and was reinstated from the DL on April 25...gotoff to a fast start as he hit .327 (34 for 104) over his first 29 games throughMay 27...then hit .205 (64 for 312) over his final 88 games...had a careerand A's season high 15-game hitting streak from April 28 to May 15...hit.411 (23 for 56) with five doubles, four home runs, 13 RBI, 14 runs scoredand 13 walks during the streak...matched his career highs on May 10 atKansas City with four hits, two home runs, four RBI and four runsscored...had the first 4-4-4-4 box score line in Oakland history...alsowalked twice, marking the 15th time in Oakland history a player reachedbase six times in one game...it was the first time since August 28, 1998 atCleveland when both Jason Giambi and Rickey Henderson did it...is thefirst player in Oakland history with at least four runs, four hits, four RBI,two home runs and two walks in one game...was named American LeagueCo-Player of the Week for the week of May 7 to 13, an honor he sharedwith teammate Jack Cust...hit .545 (12 for 22) with three doubles, threehome runs, six RBI and 10 runs scored...had the game-ending sacrifice flyon May 15 against Kansas City, his first career walk-off plate appearance...went 2 for 3 with three walks on May 18 against San Francisco, the secondtime in May he reached base safely at least five times in a game...scored acareer high tying four runs on May 18 against San Francisco for the secondtime in 2007 and the third time in his career...is just the fourth playerin Oakland history with three career games of four or more runs scored(Giambi, Henderson, Tejada)...finished May with a .323 (32 for 99) battingaverage along with five home runs and 19 RBI in 27 games...then hit.204 in June...snapped a career long 24-game, 93-at bat homerless streakon June 15 against St. Louis...matched his career high with four hits onJune 28 at Cleveland...hit .156 in July, the lowest single month battingaverage of his career...followed that up with a .214 mark in August...singledin the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning on August 31 againstDetroit for his second "walk-off" plate appearance of the season... hit histhird career grand slam in the top of the ninth inning on September 10 atSeattle and matched his career high with four RBI...had his second twohomergame of the season on September 15 against Texas...it was the thirdof his career...also matched his career high with four RBI in that game.
Johnson had a very productive rookie season when he batted .275 with 15 homers and 58 RBIs, but he started 2006 in a huge slump and didn't hit over .200 until June 4. He didn't get his first hit until April 14 and was sent down to Triple-A on July 14, when he was batting .237. Johnson did hit .321 in June with four homers and 16 RBIs, but in 22 at-bats in July, he hit .182. In Sacramento, Johnson hit .314 with seven homers and 44 RBIs in 46 games. He returned to the A's for the September callups and hit .238 that month in 42 at-bats. In his first start back from Sacramento, Johnson hit a grand slam against Baltimore on Sept. 3. Johnson had a two-homer game on July 11 against the Yankees.
Was one of four rookies to make significant contributions to the A's in 2005...batted .275 with 15 home runs and 58 RBIs in 109 games...added 50 walks for a .355 on-base percentage...despite spending nearly two months of the season in the Minors, he ranked second among American League rookies in on-base percentage, tied for second in walks, third in slugging (.451), tied for third in home runs and fifth in batting and RBIs...hit .283 (28-for-99) against left-handed pitching and .272 (75-for-276) against right-handers, but hit 13 of his 15 home runs against righties...hit 13 of his 15 home runs on the road, but batted .247 (47-for-190) on the road compared to .303 (56-for-185) in Oakland...the A's were 13-2 in games in which he homered...eleven of his 15 home runs were solo shots...hit .303 (76-for-251) with 12 home runs and 46 RBIs over the first six innings of a game and .218 (27-for-124) with three home runs and 12 RBIs from the seventh inning on...batted .247 (56-for-227) with six home runs and 31 RBIs against a pitcher the first time he saw him in a game, and .318 (47-for-148) with nine home runs and 27 RBIs after that...hit in every spot in the order from four through nine...had his best success and most starts hitting seventh, where he made 34 starts and hit .303 (37-for-122) with seven home runs and 21 RBIs...three of his first eight Major League starts came at designated hitter, but he would make only five starts at DH for the season, batting .368 (7-for-19) in those games...made a team-leading 98 starts at first base, including 62 of the A's final 64 games...was 0-for-5 with a walk as a pinch-hitter...got off to a slow start, batting .228 (13-for-57) with no home runs and four RBIs over his first 19 games...then hit .332 (70-for-211) with 12 home runs and 40 RBIs over a 59-game stretch from June 19 to Aug. 30...finished the year by hitting .187 (20-for-107) with three home runs and 14 RBIs over his final 31 games...was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento on May 27 and made his Major League debut with a start at first base that night at Cleveland (0-for-3, one walk)...recorded his first ML hit on May 29 at Cleveland with a sixth-inning single off Jake Westbrook...his first RBI came June 1 against Tampa Bay on a run-scoring single in the sixth inning...went homerless over his first 21 games and 66 at-bats before hitting his first ML home run at Seattle off Joel Pineiro on June 21 to lead off the third inning...had a career-high four hits on July 27 against Cleveland and went 2-for-2 with two walks in his next game on July 29 against Detroit, giving him six consecutive hits and eight consecutive plate appearances in which he reached base safely...finished July with a .364 (28-for-77) batting average, his best for any month...had his most home runs and RBIs in August, when he had six home runs and 19 RBIs in 28 games...homered in four straight games from August 3-6, falling one short of the Oakland record of five...that was part of a season-best 10-game hitting streak from July 27 to Aug. 6, during which he hit .486 (17-for-35) with four home runs, seven RBIs and 12 runs scored...the streak lifted his average to a season-high .330...scored a career- and A's season-high four runs on Aug. 6 at Kansas City...drove in at least one run in nine consecutive games from August 21-30 (13 RBIs total), falling one short of the Oakland record for consecutive games with an RBI...hit his first career grand slam on Sept. 10 at Texas off Kameron Loe and had a career-high four RBI...began the season at Sacramento and batted .327 with eight home runs and 41 RBIs in 47 games with the River Cats...added 32 walks for a .424 on-base percentage...was leading the Pacific Coast League in RBIs and was tied for third in doubles (17) at the time of his promotion to Oakland...batted .371 (49-for-132) with seven of his eight home runs against right-handed pitchers, compared to .200 (10-for-50) against left-handers...hit .339 (19-for-56) with runners in scoring position and was 3-for-7 (.429) with a grand slam with the bases loaded...hit .375 (36-for-96) on the road and .267 (23-for-86) at home, where he hit six of his eight home runs...hit .210 (17-for-81) over his first 22 games and .416 (42-for-101) over his final 25 games...saw most of his action hitting fourth, where he made 42 starts...appeared in 45 games at first base, two in left field and was 1-for-6 (.167) in two games at designated hitter...had back-to-back four-hit games on May 8 and 9 at Las Vegas, and had three four-hit games total...had back-to-back four-RBI games on May 9 at Las Vegas and May 10 against Oklahoma...went 20-for-39 (.513) with 12 RBIs over a nine-game span from May 2-10.
Was named Most Valuable Player of the Pacific Coast League after batting .299 with 29 home runs and 111 RBI in 142 games at Triple-A Sacramento...followed that up by earning MVP honors in the postseason after hitting .458 (11 for 24) with two home runs, six RBI and seven walks in seven games...was recalled by Oakland on September 18 after the River Cats won thePCL Championship but did not appear in a game with the A's...finished second in the PCL in RBI and was fourth in hits (160)...led the A's farm system in RBI and tied Nick Swisher for the lead in home runs...led Sacramento in games (142), hits, triples (5) and RBI and tied for the lead in home runs...had career highs in batting, games, runs (95), hits, doubles (29), triples,home runs, walks (89), on-base percentage (.403) and slugging percentage (.535)...now has 88 home runs and 351 RBI in 477 career minor league games...batted .302 (48 for 159) against left handed pitchers and .298 (112 for 376) against righthanders...hit 28 of his 29 home runs and had 96 of his 111 RBI against right handed pitching...batted .304 (51 for 168) with runners in scoring position...hit just .231 (6 for 26) with the bases loaded but had three grand slams and 26 RBI...appeared in 98 games at first base and 15 in left field...also hit .266 (33 for 124) with a home run and 13 RBI in 33 games at designated hitter...his starts were distributed fairly evenly from the three through six spots in the order and he had his best success hitting sixth (49 for 140, .350) and fourth (65 for 198, .328)...hit 14 of his 29 home runs while batting clean-up...batted .300 or better in three of the first four months of the season as he hit .314 in April, .293 in May, .314 in June and .343 in July...then hit .242 in August and .294 in September, going 0 for 5 on the final day of the season to finish the year at .299...struck outjust 53 times in 107 games over the first four months of the season but then fanned 40 times in 35 games in August and September...had 47 multiple hit games, 48 games with one hit and 47 games with no hits...his longest hitting streak of the season was six games on four separate occasions...went 9 for 19 (.474) with two doubles, a triple, three home runs and 12 RBI in the season opening four-game series against Edmonton in Yuma, Arizona from April 8-11...had his first of six four-hit games in the season opener on April 8...also had four RBI in that game, his first of six games of four or more RBI...had his first of three two-homer games on April 11 against the Trappers and also had a season high eight RBI in that game...had hissecond two homer game on April 27 at Las Vegas and added four RBI...homered in three straight games on June 13 at Salt Lake and June 14 and 15 against Fresno...had five RBI on June 21 against Tacoma to start a 10-game stretch where he had20 RBI...finished June with seven home runs and 31 RBI in 28 games...went 4 for 5 with a double, a home run and five RBI on July 23 at Las Vegas to start a nine-game stretch where he had five home runs and 15 RBI...then hit .242 with three home runs and 10 RBI in 30 games in August and struck out 33 times...had his third two-homer game of the season on September 1 at Tacoma which put his average at .303...then went 2 for 13 over the final four games to finish at .299...went 4 for 5 in Game 3 of the PCL Championship at Iowa on September 17 to help the River Cats complete the sweep of the best of five series...played for Hermosillo in the Mexican Pacific Winter League and hit .248 (36 for 145) with 12 home runs and 35 RBI in 47 games...added 39 walks for a .411 on-base percentage.
Was named to the Texas League Post Season All-Star team after batting .290 with 27 home runs and 114 RBI in 139 games at Double-A Midland...led the league in home runs and RBI and ranked second in runs scored (90), third in extra base hits (57) and fourth in hits (156) and slugging (.504)...was third in all of minor league baseball in RBI, fourth intotal bases (273) and tied for 10th in home runs...was promoted to Sacramento following the conclusion of Midland'sseason and went 1 for 4 in one game, giving him an overall batting average of .290 which was ninth best in the A'sfarm system...finished second in the A's farm system to Graham Koonce in home runs and RBI...established careerhighs in games (140), at bats (542), runs (90), hits (157), doubles (27), triples (4), home runs (27), RBI (114), walks (68),stolen bases (7) and slugging (.504)...led Midland in games, at bats (538), runs, hits, total bases (271), home runs, RBI,sacrifice flies (11), walks (68), intentional walks (16) and slugging (.504)...batted .332 (89 for 268) at home comparedto .248 (67 for 270) on the road but hit 17 of his 27 home runs on the road...hit .232 in April but then batted .297 inMay, .296 in June, .320 in July and .297 in August...had 18 RBI over his first 13 games and drove in at least one runin 12 of those games...including a season high five on April 10 at San Antonio...had his first of two two-homer gameson April 23 at Arkansas...had seven home runs and 27 RBI in 25 games in April and seven home runs and 28 RBI in 30games in May...started May with an 11-game hitting streak (20 for 46, .435) from May 1 to 11...had his second twohomergame on May 7 against Frisco...homered in consecutive games at Round Rock, May 26 and 27, driving in threeruns in each contest...hit the game winning home run in the top of the ninth inning on June 3 in a 5-4 win overWichita...combined for just seven home runs and 30 RBI in 55 games in June and July...however, had a seven-gamehitting streak from July 17 to 23 and hit .621 (18 for 29) with six multiple hit games...capped the streak by going 8 for8 with two walks on July 22 and 23 against El Paso...was 5 for 5 on the 22nd...had four hits on July 25 against El Pasoto boost his average to a season high .297...had a season best 12-game hitting streak from July 29 to August 11 (15for 42, .357)...homered in consecutive games on August 14 at Frisco and August 15 at Arkansas, driving in seven runsover the two-game stretch...finished August with six home runs and 29 RBI in 29 games...also walked 22 times in themonth after drawing just 46 free passes over his first 110 games...was promoted to Sacramento on September 1 andin addition to his one regular season game, he also appeared in one post-season game and walked in his only plateappearance...then played for the Mesa Desert Dogs in the Arizona Fall League and hit .382 with four home runs and30 RBI in 30 games...added 25 walks for a .496 on-base percentage and slugged .609...led the AFL in RBI and on-basepercentage, ranked second in batting and hits (42), third in doubles (11), tied for fourth in runs (21) and fifth in slugging and extra base hits(16)
Hit a career high .293 at Single-A Modesto...also had a career high .371 on-base percentage but struck out a career high 87 times...added 21 home runs and 85 RBI in 126 games...finished third in the A's farm system in home runs, fourth in RBI and eighth in batting...was fifth in the California League in home runs and RBI...topped Modesto inhome runs, RBI and slugging (.500)...batted .256 (51 for 199) at home and .326 (74 for 227) on the road...appearedin 89 games at first base but also hit .264 (29 for 110) with eight home runs and 24 RBI as the designated hitter andwas 5 for 8 (.625) with two RBI and four walks as a pinch hitter...hit in every spot in the order except first and secondand saw most of his action batting clean-up (61 for 177, .345)...hit .195 (25 for 128) with four home runs and 22 RBIover his first 44 games and .336 (100 for 298) with 17 home runs and 63 RBI over his last 82 games...had five RBI onApril 28 against Bakersfield...had two home runs and six RBI on June 13 at Rancho Cucamonga...his best month of the season was August when he hit .368 (39 for 106) with 10 home runs and 29 RBI in 29 games...the home runs tiedfor second most in all of minor league baseball in the month...homered twice on August 11 at Visalia and August 15against Bakersfield...earned California League Player of the Week honors for the week of August 19 to 25 after hitting.583 (14 for 24) with two home runs and 12 RBI in six games...went 3 for 16 (.188) with two home runs, six RBI andfive walks in five post season games for Modesto.
Made his professional debut with Vancouver of the Northwest League and batted .283 with 11 home runs and 41 RBI in 69 games...tied for third in the league in home runs...led Vancouver in hits (70), RBI (41) and slugging (.494) and tied for the team lead in runs scored (36), triples (2) and home runs (11)...batted .195 (16 for 82) with one homerun and six RBI over his first 25 games and .327 (54 for 165) with 10 home runs and 35 RBI over his final 44games...earned consecutive player of the week awards for the weeks of July 23 to 29 and July 30 to August 5 as hehit .440 (22 for 50) with four home runs and 18 RBI in 12 games over that two week span...drove in 12 runs over athree-game span from August 2-4 against Spokane, including a grand slam and five RBI on the 4th...homered twiceon August 20 at Salem-Keizer...had four hits, two home runs, four RBI and four runs scored on September 1 at Everett.