Chris Johnson
Chris Johnson

Player Profile
Class:
Graduate Student

Hometown:
Shrewsbury, N.J.

High School:
Red Bank Regional

Last College:
James Madison

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 208

Position:
Catcher

Birthdate:
09/19/1987

Experience:
SR

Bats/Throws:
Left/Right

On Johnson: Solid all-around catcher with good offensive skills ... Capable of hitting for a high average and has power potential ... Does a great job of calling a game from behind the plate.

Collegiate Career: Was a four-year letterwinner at James Madison University from 2006-09, graduating with a degree in Marketing ... Redshirted his true freshman season in 2006 and used his final year of eligibility as a graduate student at Villanova in 2010 ... Chose the Wildcats over Georgetown when considering where to enroll for graduate school ... Between James Madison and Villanova played in 136 games with 95 starts ... Career .290 (106-366) hitter with a .381 on-base percentage and a .404 slugging percentage ... Scored 57 runs and drove in 73 while collecting 25 doubles and seven home runs ... Drew 46 walks and had four stolen bases.

2010: Had one of the finest offensive seasons by a Villanova catcher in recent memory, batting .323 (52-161) while starting 45 of the 50 games he appeared in ... Had a .437 on-base percentage and a .429 slugging percentage while drawing as many walks as he had strikeouts with 25 of each ... Also was hit by a pitch 10 times, had five sacrifice bunts and hit three sacrifice flies ... Scored 30 runs and finished third on the squad with 34 RBI ... Also was third on the team with 11 doubles and two home runs ... Did an excellent job calling games from behind the plate and helped the pitching staff post the best team ERA (4.37) in at least 15 years ... Had a .983 fielding percentage with 214 putouts, 15 assists and four errors in 233 chances.

2009: Split the everyday catching duties for James Madison and started 27 of the 38 games he played in ... Batted .245 (27-110) with four home runs and 23 RBI while posting a .311 on-base percentage and a .418 slugging percentage ... Scored 17 runs and hit seven doubles ... Walked 11 times and struck out just 15 times in 122 plate appearances ... Had a .986 fielding percentage and threw out nine of the 34 runners that attempted to steal against him.

2008: Played in 28 games with 21 starts for a James Madison team that won the Colonial Athletic Association and advanced to NCAA Regional play ... Batted .296 (21-71) with a .367 on-base percentage and a .423 slugging percentage ... Tallied six doubles and hit a home run while scoring seven runs and driving in 14 ... Was issued seven walks and struck out 16 times ... Had a .974 fielding percentage and impressively threw out seven of 19 would-be base stealers (.368 caught stealing percentage) ... Started two of three games in the NCAA Regional ... In the final game, delivered a two-out, two-run double in the ninth inning to tie the game against eventual Super Regional qualifier South Carolina.

2007: Made his collegiate debut by appearing in 20 games with two starts for James Madison ... Batted .250 (6-24) while reaching base at a .321 clip and posting a .292 slugging percentage ... Hit one double, scored three runs and had two RBI ... Drew three walks and struck out only four times in 28 plate appearances ... Was flawless behind the plate with 14 putouts and no errors.

2006: Was granted a medical redshirt for the season.

James Madison Academic Highlights: Received his Marketing degree and graduated Cum Laude in the spring of 2009 ... Four-time recipient of the Athletic Director's Scholar-Athlete Award ... Named to the CAA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll and also achieved Dean's List status all four years.

Red Bank Regional High School: Lettered four years in baseball and three years in football as a linebacker ... Played in every baseball game during his four years ... Named All B-North Division, All-Monmouth County and All-Shore Conference as a senior ... His team won baseball divisional titles in his freshman and senior seasons ... Was the Special Teams Player of the Year in football as a senior and earned all-division honors as a junior ... Played in the Monmouth County vs. Ocean County All-Star Game as a senior ... Member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society ... Named a Monmouth County Scholar-Athlete.

Personal: Born 9/19/87 in California ... One of four children of Douglas and Alicia Johnson ... Siblings are Douglas (25), Tim (20) and Jenn (18) ... Enrolled in the MBA program in the Villanova School of Business.

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