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Padres Prospect Interview: Michael Johnson

Johnson and Conniff chatting again - in Mobile now

MOBILE - In 2002 Michael Johnson teamed up with Padres shortstop Khalil Greene to lead the Clemson Tigers into the College World Series. On a team with several prospects, the future looked as bright for Johnson as anyone when he was selected by the Padres in the second round behind Greene in 2002. But acrimonious contract negotiations led Johnson to return to the Tigers for another season (his fifth year of college baseball).

The Padres were able to sign Johnson just before the 2004 draft and assigned him to Lake Elsinore, where they expected him to rocket through the system like his former teammate Greene. Unfortunately, Johnson has been injured the past two years limiting him to only 90 games in 2004 and 73 in 2005. Last year, Johnson did have two monster months giving the organization a glimpse of the damage...

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