Trenton, NJ - Cody Johnson is trying to keep it simple. As players like to say, keeping it simple and not doing too much leads to success. They can only control what they can control. Surely you've heard it all before, but the simple truth also applies here. Lessons learned are simple to sum up.
"I was an idiot," Johnson says of his seventeen year old self. Now 22, the POS has found himself fighting to be of value to the Yankees and prove that he's worthy of a job.
So far so good. Trenton Thunder manager Tony Franklin recently spoke glowingly of Johnson's contributions to the team this season. Hitting .266 with 12 home runs and 20 walks, he seems a more focused hitter and, certainly, more consistent despite the 59 strikeouts.
"I'm just trying not to [think]. I'm just trying to get a good pitch to hit."
It is this simple approach that gets so complicated. But Johnson knows all that too well. 2011 was a season filled with frustrations and when all was said and done, he'd struck out 194 times.
But this is how he works. Again, it's simple. He's not giving pitchers a lot to wonder about.
"I'm always looking for the fastball. I adjust to everything else. They might not throw a fastball, but the one time they try to sneak it in there, I'm going to be ready for it."
More of the simple-complicated approach Johnson is trying to stick to.
This season it is working for him better than ever.