Cubs hire Johnson as minors pitching coordinator

The Cubs have hired Vanderbilt assistant Derek Johnson as their

minor league pitching coordinator.

Johnson spent the past 11 seasons as the Commodores’ pitching

coach, helping develop Tampa Bay star David Price and also helping

the 2011 team reach the College World Series.

Price, the No. 1 pick by Tampa Bay in 2007, is a three-time

All-Star. He won 20 games this past season.

The 2011 Commodores were the first from Vanderbilt to reach the

College World Series.

Two pitchers on that team were selected the early picks in the

amateur draft that year, with Sonny Gray going to Oakland at No. 18

and Tampa Bay taking Grayson Garvin at No. 59.

Johnson also helped develop first-round picks in Mike Minor

(seventh overall, Atlanta, 2009), Casey Weathers (eighth, Colorado,

2007) and Jeremy Sowers (sixth, Cleveland, 2004) as well as Jensen

Lewis, a third-round pick by Cleveland in 2005 who has pitched four

seasons in the majors.

Chicago announced the hiring on Tuesday.