SURPRISE, Ariz. — After a hot start in his return to the Arizona Rookie League, former East Bladen High star Saquan Johnson has cooled off over the past week.
Johnson, a 28th-round draft pick by the Texas Rangers in 2011, was sent to Arizona after stumbling through the first half of the season with the Spokane (Wash.) Indians, the Class A short-season affiliate of the Rangers. While there, Johnson hit just .113 with 39 strikeouts in 71 at-bats.
In his first five games with the Arizona Rangers, Johnson went 7-for-14 with a triple and two RBIs. He has hit everywhere in the lineup from the No. 5 hole to the No. 9 hole.
But over the next five games, Johnson has managed just three safeties — a triple and two singles — in 17 at-bats. During that time, he has seen his average drop from .500 to .313 and he has been pushed back to the No. 9 hole in the batting order.
This week, on Monday, Johnson was 0-for-1 with a pair of walks. He was also hit by a pitch and, after reaching on an error in the sixth inning, scored a run in the Rangers’ 4-2 loss to the Arizona Indians.
On Tuesday, Johnson was 1-for-4. He singled and scored in the second inning of an 11-7 win over the Athletics.
The Rangers, who are now 10-6 in the second half of the season and 27-17 overall, had an off day on Wednesday.