SURPRISE, Ariz. — Saquan Johnson took the collar through the early part of this week and watched his batting average in Arizona plummet to .213 since returning to the Arizona Rookie League.
After a day off on Monday, Johnson started in left field and hit out of the No. 7 hole for the Texas Rangers’ affiliate in Arizona on Tuesday. He fanned in his first two at-bats before flying out in his next two to finish the game 0-for-4 in the 6-1 win over the Padres.
On Wednesday, Johnson was dropped back into the No. 9 hole in the batting order — and he went 0-for-4 again, this time with a groundout in the third inning, strikeout in the sixth, groundout in the seventh and groundout in the ninth inning with two runners on base to end the game. The Rangers lost to the Padres, 3-2.
Since returning to the Arizona Rookie League from the Class A short-season league in Spokane, Wash., Johnson has played in 15 games and gone 10-for-47 with two doubles, two triples, nine walks, 14 strikeouts and two RBI. He is currently in an 0-for-15 and 1-for-20 slump.
The Arizona Rangers are 14-8 in the second half and 31-19 overall. They won the first half with a 17-11 record.
Johnson is a 2011 graduate of East Bladen High and was drafted in the 28th round by the Texas Rangers.