Termarr Johnson is a 5-foot-10- and 175-pound sweet swinging second baseman who stars for Mays High School in Atlanta, Georgia.
The 18-year-old Johnson is one of the most fascinating prospects in the 2022 MLB Draft. He’s also the No.1 ranked high school baseball player in the country.
That sweet swing Johnson has developed comes from years of batting cage work and honing his craft daily. He grew up watching and emulating MLBBros like Matt Kemp, Jason Heyward, but his favorite player was Robinson Cano. In fact, Johnson talked about his admiration for the talented former Yankee second baseman.
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“Just watching him as a kid, I always wanted to have his sweet swing. That’s everything I just have been chasing ever since I was a kid. My approach always came from me just watching my brothers. I watch them hit and how they would take pitches and how to take control of everything. I always wanted to do that and they helped me learn how to do that and made me a better player.”
Johnson Wants To See An Uptick Of African-Americans In Baseball
As of 2021 only 7% of MLB rosters featured Black players. The young, inquisitive Johnson would like to see MLB create more opportunities and even more programs to spread the game to the inner cities.
“In basketball, you see guys like me who ball and are successful. In football too, you see a lot of guys who are successful and guys want to be like that but not so much in baseball,” Johnson said.
— Baseball America (@BaseballAmerica) March 30, 2022
Johnson Is High On Pirates Draft Board: And With Good Reason
While his size may cause a bit of a slide for him on some draft boards, the Pittsburgh Pirates seem like an ideal landing spot for him in the upcoming draft. Many scouts project Johnson as the best hitter in the draft, who’s capable of being a .300 hitter with 30-homer power. That comparison likens him to the aforementioned Cano or for power purposes, Astros second baseman Jose Altuve.
Blessed with elite bat speed and outstanding pop, Johnson’s a very explosive hitter who’s been capable of spraying the entire field with his bat. His opposite-field power is astounding considering he’s just 18. Johnson’s development up the ladder will be one worth watching.
Johnson Strives To Be A Great At Baseball And In Life
For an 18-year-old, Johnson seems to be mature beyond his years. He just wants to get drafted and play.
“For me honestly, I just want to be a baseball player. It doesn’t matter if I get drafted in the 40th round or the first round. I just want to be a baseball player. It doesn’t matter what route I go. I really don’t know my route but at the end of the day, I just want to be a baseball player and be one of the best baseball players to play the game.”
Full Termarr Johnson At-Bat: 6 pitches ending in a line drive single ⚾️
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Being a positive role model is also very important to Johnson and something he’ll strive to accomplish.
“I don’t want anybody to have any bad blood with me, cause at the end of the day, I feel like it’s more important for me to be a good person, than a good baseball player … When I look back on my career, I want to be looked at as that type of person and type of baseball player.”
Look out for this high school phenom who is on his way to becoming an MLBbro.