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Johnson getting defensive at second base

Johnson getting defensive at second base

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The reports on Micah Johnson have been fairly consistent since he raced into the Minor League spotlight during an 84-stolen-base effort in 2013.

Johnson can run. He can hit, but his defense at second base remains a work in progress. That extra work put in by Johnson with White Sox third-base coach Joe McEwing during Spring Training has started to pay dividends.

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During Monday's 6-3 victory over the Brewers, Johnson made a spectacular running catch in short right field on a Mark Reynolds popup. Johnson was shifted all the way near shortstop for the pull hitter.

"It was in the sun the entire time, but it came out the last second," said Johnson on Tuesday of his Monday catch. "I guess I came in the right direction."

Routine plays look smoother for Johnson, to go with the spectacular. It has been suggested that Johnson could end up someday in center, where his speed might benefit more, but Johnson wants to play second and is doing all he can to solidify that spot.

"I just want to be sound all around. Just want to be sound defensively, offensively everything," Johnson said. "I'm comfortable [at second]. It's going good so far. More reps make you more comfortable."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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