Panama City Beach, FL--We begin with news concerning the future of one of this area's bonus babies if you will.
Mosley alum Cody Johnson about to head into his 6th year of minor league baseball, but this time around he'll be doing it with a new organization following his being traded a few weeks ago.
Now a Yankee
I was in Parker getting my balanced, heading out of town for Thanksgiving. I got a call from the Braves farm director, said you've just been traded to the New York Yankees."
¶That news stunned Johnson, who grew up a Braves fan and always dreamed of one day playing for Atlanta.....
It took me 30 minutes before I could say anything. I was, I really didn't know how to act I mean, a couple phone calls, and I kind walked around the house trying to figure things out."
A short phone conversation with Yankees G.M. Brian Cashman made cody realize this move could benefit him greatly, especially coming off an injury plagued season which saw his average dip to 189 average, with 114 strikeouts and just ten homers for the Double-A Mississippi Braves,
It's definitely going to be a whole new environment which I think is going to be good for me. At some point change is good, it's just a whole new opportunity to go in with it, a different set of eyes, a different set of philosophies.
Johnson won't know until after Spring Training where the Yankees will place him, he's hoping it will be double-A ball in Trenton New Jersey.
And I have to go play in cold weather, which growing up in the South, me and cold weather just don't mix too well. But it's just a new opportunity and it's another chance to make a first impression, which a lot of people don't get.
Cody hit 32 homers in single-A ball back in oh-9, he's hoping being healthy will help him to post similar numbers again in 2011 as a Yankee.