- Full name Johnny P. Estrada
- Born 06/27/1976 in Hayward, CA
- Profile Ht.: 5'11" / Wt.: 255 / Bats: S / Throws: R
- School College Of The Sequoias
- Debut 05/15/2001
- Drafted in the 17th round (506th overall) by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1997.
Organization Prospect Rankings
Estrada has shown marked improvement since coming out of junior college in 1996. He has added 20 pounds to his stocky frame and has made himself into a prospect worth noting through hard work. As a switch-hitting catcher, Estrada already has one thing going for him, and he puts the bat on nearly everything. He rarely strikes out, going down just once in every 16 plate appearance over the course of his career. On the flip side, however, Estrada has drawn just 44 walks in 365 career games. He possesses some gap power and swings the bat well from both sides of the plate, hitting .338 against southpaws last season. Managers named Estrada the best defensive catcher in the Eastern League last season, and he rates solid average across the board. He has become a good signal caller and his pitchers like to have him as a target. After a stint in the Arizona Fall League, he'll head into 2001 as the starting backstop at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre with a chance to backup Mike Lieberthal in the not-too-distant future. It will be interesting to see how his ultra-aggressive approach works against more experienced pitching, though.