"The guy is a god around here," he said. "Playing well definitely helped that. I think I did a good job, and it helped also coming into camp platooning with Juan. It wasn't all on me."
Playing with Houston and Arizona in 2012, Johnson hit .281 and set career highs with 15 homers and 76 RBIs. He said Braves batting coaches Greg Walker and Scott Fletcher helped him boost his average, even if that meant a slight reduction in his power numbers.
"I just think the coaching staff over here helped me realize what kind of player I want to be, what kind of hitter that I should be," Johnson said. "I shouldn't be a guy that's going out there trying to hit 30 home runs. I need to take my hits going the other way, definitely going to right field. So that's the guy I want to be. I want to be around .300 and if those other power numbers come, that's fine."
Johnson had more success swinging at pitches in 2013 than at the snow which shut down Atlanta last month. Johnson, from Naples, Fla., said he was not prepared to battle the frozen precipitation.
"It was nuts," he said. "Our driveway is really steep. It was full of ice and snow. I'm from Florida. I don't have a shovel or anything. I went out there with a broom. That didn't work."
It's no wonder Johnson was smiling Friday as he watched workers load boxes from the Braves clubhouse on an equipment truck headed to spring training.
Braves pitchers and catchers report for spring training on Thursday. Other players report on Feb. 18.
"It just got real," he said. "It's exciting. Today is a big day. I'm going home right now and start packing."