The Miami Marlins 17th round pick from the 2019 MLB Draft out of Gonzaga, Troy Johnston impressed during limited action back in 2019. After no minor league season a year ago, Johnston enjoyed a breakout 2021 campaign that could see the 24-year-old begin the 2022 season in Double-A.
Miami Marlins 2021 Season Review: 1B Troy Johnston
Beginning the 2021 season with Low-A Jupiter, Johnston would spend the entirety of the month of May with the Hammerheads. Excelling offensively, Johnston would only appear in a total of 24 games slashing .349/.427/.446 before being called-up to High-A Beloit.
Johnston would continue that success during his first month with the Snappers where the first baseman slashed .337/.419/.653 with seven home runs and 35 RBI’s across his first 26 games. Collecting 17 extra-base hits across that span, Johnston would struggle during the month of July however posting a .547 OPS across 27 games.
Those July struggles however went away for Johnston as the 24-year-old slashed a combined .344/.452/.563 across the month of August, as well as posting an .807 OPS across 17 games in September to finish the season.
While the 2021 minor league season had concluded, Johnston’s had not as the first baseman also played in the 2021 Arizona Fall League. Appearing in a total of 18 games with the Mesa Solar Sox, Johnston slashed a combined .296/.383/.338 with 11 RBI’s.
For the 2021 season overall, Johnston appeared in a total of 120 games combined between Low-A Jupiter and High-A Beloit, almost all of which came at first base. Across that span, Johnston slashed a combined .300/.399/.468 across the two levels with 15 home runs, 85 RBI’s, and six stolen bases.
Posting a combined .867 OPS, Johnston also added a total of 43 extra-base hits, as well as drawing 68 walks to 103 strikeouts.
After a breakout 2021 season, Johnston is quickly becoming one of the top overall hitters in the Miami Marlins minor league system. As mentioned previously, Johnston will likely begin the 2022 season with Double-A Pensacola.