Bits: Kelly Johnson, Blue Jays hitters 

May, 13, 2013
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Two Tampa Bay Rays hitters are featured among the top 10 hitters on ESPN's most added list, but only one of them is intriguing. That's second baseman/outfielder Kelly Johnson, who has fit in well in the team's No. 2 lineup slot while playing mainly left field. Johnson struck out in his lone official at-bat Sunday, but he also drew three walks. Jackpot! Johnson is hitting a cool .275, well above last season's miserable .225 mark with the Toronto Blue Jays, but even then he was contributing valuable power and speed from a middle-infield spot.

Johnson is still providing the power/speed combo, and while he's still swinging and missing quite a bit -- he's on pace for 22 home runs, 18 steals and 136 strikeouts -- anyone capable of a 20-homer/20-steal season is worth a look. The well-traveled Johnson might seem eminently capable of dropping 50 batting average points soon, but despite the whiffs, he's making considerably more contact than last season. Remember, this is a player who averaged 21 home runs and 14 steals the past three seasons (and hit .245). Hey, I'd take those numbers in 2013, and he's on pace to better each mark, thanks to the mercurial ways of the Rays. He is and should be attractive in ESPN 10-team standard leagues.

Teammate James Loney is also popular, the No. 2 most-added first baseman over the past week. The No. 1 guy is the Texas Rangers' Mitch Moreland, but Loney is owned in more leagues. Wow, Rays, take a bow! Loney is a mere one base hit away from leading the major leagues in hitting here in mid-May. He homered Sunday, his third of the season, and he's batting .376 with a .989 OPS. Only Miguel Cabrera has a higher batting average. The comparisons end there.


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