2003 - 2005
BiographyJohnny Pulada Estrada, III was born June 27, 1976 in Hayward, California. Johnny is a 1994 graduate of Roosevelt High School in Fresno, and he attended Fresno City College. He is a 1997 graduate of College of the Sequoias with a degree in Recreation. He played Little League, Babe Ruth and American Legion baseball before he was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 17th round of the 1997 amateur draft. Estrada is a right-handed thrower who plays catcher and is a switch hitter. Estrada made his big league debut on May 15, 2001 with the Phillies. He played for Philadelphia from 2001-2002, the Atlanta Braves form 2003-2005, the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2006 and is currently with the Milwaukee Brewers. Took part in "Baseballers Against Drugs" free clinic for inner city kids and served as Honorary Chairman for MS READaTHON, a program in which kids are awarded Phillies tickets for reading books in 2001...During the 2004 holiday season, Johnny spent an afternoon signing autographs in exchange for blankets at the Atlanta Braves Foundations' Winter Blanket Drive; the blankets were donated to Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless...Signed by Mark Ralston. Personal Expression Johnny wears his socks "high" in honor of Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk. The "No Drugs" stitched on Johnny's chest protector is a way to spread his anti-drugs message.
Braves Career Highlights2003: Started year at AAA Richmond, recalled April 20 to replace Robert Fick on major league roster, optioned back to Richmond April 29, then recalled again Aug. 31...Named to International League's postseason All-Star team, MVP of the AAA All-Star Game (3 x 3, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R) and catcher on Baseball America's mid-season AAA All-Star team...Ranked 2nd in I.L. in batting (.328), 3rd in OB% (.393) and 5th in SLG% (.494); earned Braves' minor league hitter of the year honors...I.L.'s first Batter of the Week in 2003 (April 3-13) after hitting 2 HR and having 14 RBI.
2003 POSTSEASON HIGHLIGHTS: Division Series (Chi.): Did not play. 2004: In his first full big-league season, posted career highs in nearly every offensive category...Earned his first career Silver Slugger Award in a vote of National League managers and coaches...Played in 134 games (133 at catcher) and batted .314 with nine home runs and 76 RBI...Became just the second switch-hitting catcher since 1923 (Ted Simmons) to hit better than .300 (min. 100 games caught)...Johnny's .314 mark is the fourth-best batting average ever by a switch-hitting catcher...His .351 road batting average ranked third in the NL...Ranked fifth in the NL with a .338 (47-for-139) batting average with runners in scoring position...Batted .329 vs. RHP - sixth in the NL...Had 37 multi-hit games, including 15 games with three or more hits...Had a team-high 45 two-out RBI...Was the Braves' lone All-Star representative. Made his first career AS appearance at Houston (0-for-2)...Had career bests with five hits (in five ABs) and five RBI on 5/15 at MIL. Also had a Braves season-high nine total bases in the game...Went 4-for-4 with two RBI 6/23 at FLA...Went 4-for-4 with a HR on 8/19 at LA...Clubbed his career-high ninth homer with a three-run shot on 9/10 vs. MON...Was Named to the MLB All-Star squad that traveled to Japan in November. Johnny played in five of the eight games on the tour and went 1-for-16 (.063) with a homer.
2004 POSTSEASON HIGHLIGHTS: Division Series (Hou.): Batted .353 (6-for-17) with two homers and four RBI in five games...Clubbed his first career postseason homer off Brandon Backe in Game 3...Also homered in Game 5. 2005: Battled back spasms after being involved in a collision with the Angels Darin Erstad on June 6. Hit just .247 (47-for-190) after the collision. Had a career-best seven game hitting streak from May 27-June 3. Was on the disabled list from Aug. 6-22.
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