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Meet Todd Johnson

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About Me

Message from Todd Johnson

In the real world, I teach US History, Geography, and World History and I write about prospects in my spare time. I am also into photography and you will see those pics from time to time on this site. I live about 20 minutes SW of Rockford with my wife Anne and our four pups.

 

Recent Articles from Todd Johnson

North Side Bound Position Rankings – 2B Spots Still in Flux but Pedro Is King…for Now

North Side Bound Position Rankings – 2B Spots Still in Flux but Pedro Is King…for Now

Welcome to part three of our look at the depth of the Cubs' system. Today is all about second basemen. This position is a little unclear right now. Last year’s rankings were based on the premise that either Ed Howard or Kevin Made was going to slide over to second...

The Weekly – Davis Injury Clarification, a Big Week Ahead with the Lottery and Rule 5, Horton, Ferris, and Mule Update, and DJ Herz Gets Some Cubs Love

The Weekly – Davis Injury Clarification, a Big Week Ahead with the Lottery and Rule 5, Horton, Ferris, and Mule Update, and DJ Herz Gets Some Cubs Love

DJ Herz - Picture by Todd Johnson The winter meetings are taking place in San Diego this week and maybe we will finally see the Cubs make a move or two. The Cubs might be filling a spot on the bench or getting a key cog for their every day lineup. At some point, the...

NSB’s Offseason Mailbag – Episode 5: Who is Selected from the Cubs during the Rule 5?

NSB’s Offseason Mailbag – Episode 5: Who is Selected from the Cubs during the Rule 5?

Cam Sanders by Dylan Heuer Welcome to our fifth mailbag post for the 2022–2023 minor league off-season! We’re excited with all the questions that we received over the past week and we are still taking questions if you would like to get one in. You can tweet at us on...

Affiliate Sneak Peek: Checking Out Tennessee’s Starting Rotation for 2023 – Both Halves Will Be Lit and Legit

Affiliate Sneak Peek: Checking Out Tennessee’s Starting Rotation for 2023 – Both Halves Will Be Lit and Legit

The Tennessee Smokies made the playoffs in 2022 for the first time since 2013. It had been a long drought as the Smokies had the most potent offense in the Southern League leading it in home runs and OPS. In 2023, they’ll have some nice position players again like PCA...

North Side Bound Position Rankings – 2B Spots Still in Flux but Pedro Is King…for Now

North Side Bound Position Rankings – Mervis’ Ascension Changes Everything About 1B

When I originally thought of doing this post, I pretty much wanted to focus just on Matt Mervis and Bryce Ball. But as I thought about it more, I realized that there are other first base options in the lower part of the minor leagues who offer some more versatility....

The Weekly – PCA Gold Glove, Ryan Jensen Development, Rule 5 Closing In with Roster Changes at Iowa, and Pulling Mussels…from a Shell

The Weekly – PCA Gold Glove, Ryan Jensen Development, Rule 5 Closing In with Roster Changes at Iowa, and Pulling Mussels…from a Shell

Pete Crow-Armstrong - Picture by Todd Johnson For a holiday week, it was quite a bit of news in and around the system. We kicked off our second year in production with four prospect list. Greg Huss, Greg Zumach, and myself all pulled out our own individual us. And...

The 5 Series – PCA and His Maturity as a Person Were Fun to Watch Develop in 2022 and That Bodes Well for 2023

The 5 Series – PCA and His Maturity as a Person Were Fun to Watch Develop in 2022 and That Bodes Well for 2023

Pic by Todd Johnson Welcome to the very first article in my off-season series as I’ll be looking at a pot pourri of prospects and pronouncements. Each episode is going to be fun for me to write because each article does not have to fit any kind of formula other than...

North Side Bound Position Rankings – 2B Spots Still in Flux but Pedro Is King…for Now

The 2022 North Side Bound Position Ranking Series Gets Started Behind the Plate

Welcome to the 2022 position ranking series! It is going to take 10 articles for me to go over the depth that the Cubs have reached at each position in the organization. In the past, I’ve done this by affiliate, I've ranked them by player, and sometimes I’ve just...