Sherman Johnson (Covington 2009-10) is off to a scorching start.
Some were disappointed in Johnson’s 2015 campaign for Double-A Arkansas, when he hit 204/325/314 in 490 at-bats, after hitting 276/382/465 in 529 at-bats the year before at Inland Empire (in the High-A California League). But those Double-A numbers were hurt by an abnormally low .240 batting average on balls in play.
Well, Sherman was reassigned to Double-A in 2016, and in only 65 at-bats, he proved that he was ready for Triple-A, and was indeed promoted. In those 65 at-bats, Sherman hit 369/481/677, with 4 doubles, 2 triples, 4 home runs, 18 runs scored, and his usual sterling BB/K ratio, at 14/13. He went 5-5 with 4 runs on April 30, and then 4-4 in the second game of a doubleheader May 1st.
He was called up to Triple-A Salt Lake on May 3rd, and has gone 1-12 with a home run so far at the new level. That new level is just one small step away from making the major leagues!