Micah Johnson knew he had to do more than just run.

The White Sox second base prospect ranked No. 15 on the organization's Top 20 Prospects list tore up the South Atlantic League hitting .342/.422/.530 over 77 games and winning the All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award to boot. He also stole 61 bases before moving up to the Class A Advanced Carolina League where he swiped 22 more. He finished the season in Double-A where he helped Birmingham win the Southern League title.

"In the beginning I was just stealing on speed alone" said Johnson whose 84 steals led the Minor Leagues. "Then as I moved up I had to learn how to really steal. When I got to Double-A that's when [I said] 'Let's focus here.' I was able to steal a few bases in the playoffs successfully.

"It was just like a process for me. I wasn't really looking at the totals but more like 'Let's see what we can learn from getting thrown out here in Low A that can help me in Double-A or the big leagues.'"

Johnson did get thrown out 26 times --19 at Class A and seven at Class A Advanced -- but he went a perfect 7-for-7 during the Double-A playoff run. Now he's continuing to work on the finer points of stealing bases not to mention hitting against more advanced pitching in the Arizona Fall League.

"[It's] more chances to play with the best of the best in the Minor Leagues" said Johnson a ninth-round Draft pick in 2012 out of Indiana University. "I really want to work on things defensively and offensively [have] good approaches against some of the best pitchers. Up in Double-A we were in the playoffs so up there it was the best pitchers. Hopefully I can carry that into here."

So far so good. Johnson went 8-for-25 (.320) with three doubles a triple and three steals in his first six games for the Glendale Desert Dogs. The Fall League of course is no stranger to speedsters getting ready for the upper levels. A year ago Billy Hamilton headed to the desert following his 155-steal season. It's been well-documented what he did with his legs in Cincinnati down the stretch this season.

Johnson who actually out-stole Hamilton in the Minors in 2013 was watching and would love nothing more than to use the AFL as a similar springboard.