Due to a hamstring injury, highly touted infield prospect Termarr Johnson was assigned to minor league camp by the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday
One of the most exciting parts of spring training can be watching highly touted young prospects comepte in major league camp. For fans of the Pittsburgh Pirates, one of these prospects was set to be Termarr Johnson.
The no. 4 overall pick in last summer's MLB Draft, Johnson quickly turned heads after joining the Pirate organization. The 18-year-old Johnson hit for a .275/.396/.450 slash line with a 139 wRC+ and an 18.9% walk rate in 54 plate appearances with Low-A Bradenton.
The middle infielder turned this into an invite to major league camp this spring. Johnson was likely slated to play in a few Grapefruit League games this spring. Unfortuantely, this will not happen now. This is due to Johnson suffering a hamstring injury.
Due to Johnson's hamstring injury, he has been re-assigned to minor league camp. With this assignment the Pittsburgh Pirates now have 66 players remaining in major league camp.
“I’m not the most happy about it, but I know God has a plan for me, so I’m not too worried about it,” is what Johnson told the Pittsburgh Tribune Review following his injury. Johnson, who MLB Pipeline ranked as the no. 1 second baseman prosepct in all of baseball, added that he plans to "work his butt off" to get back on the field ASAP.
Assuming he is healthy and ready to go, Johnson will begin the 2023 season in Bradenton. If he continues to hit well for the Marauders, as he did during his cup of coffee with the team last summer, he should reach High-A Greensboro by the end of the season. Few Pirate prospects will be more intriguing and interesting to follow this season than Johnson.