Larry Bowa's nephew knows a thing or two about hitting. He's always had a great OBP and plays a good first base to boot.
His health is the only question, and so far in 2009, he's been able to take the field whenever manager Manny Acta asked him.
Johnson's batting line of .317/.405/.413 falls very well into lifetime healthy norms for him. In fact, you'd have to say he's due for a bit of increase in slugging.
That, unfortunately, may be a by-product of the accumulation of injury however.
His BABIP is a little high (.369), but not alarmingly so like Guzman's. But Johnson has a career .397 OBP, so even if his average dips a bit, hit batting eye will remain consistent.
Johnson has just six XBHs in 121 plate appearances (four doubles, two home runs). That lack of power from a first baseman would be a concern on most teams.
PECOTA wasn't sure what to do with Johnson with his injury history. It give him 430 plate appearances, with a .266/.410/.472 bating line, so Nats fans can be hopeful that as he gains strength throughout the season, we might see a little more pop from him.