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Johnson's hot start endured in Appy League honors the Short-Season Offensive Player of the Year
By Michael Avallone / Special to

Cody Johnson could not have chosen a better way to erase the memories of
a tough rookie campaign. The Atlanta Braves first-round draft pick in
2006 homered in his first at-bat of the year, and his hot start set the
stage for what would become a remarkable season.

Johnson put together one of the finest all-around campaigns in recent
memory for the Danville Braves, earning him's Short-Season
Offensive Player of the Year Award.

"Well, we had a good year as a team and obviously I did, individually,"
he said. "We were able to set a club-record for wins [48-20], and
thankfully I was able to be a big part of that."

The 20-year-old outfielder batted .305 while leading the Appalachian
League in home runs (17), total bases (153), extra-base hits (40) and
slugging percentage (.630). He also ranked second in RBIs (57) and tied
for third in doubles (18) and triples (five).

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