Facts and Information: John, a Chicago native, begins his first year in the Cubs organization and his fifth as a Major League hitting coach ... he brings 19 seasons of experience in professional baseball as a coach and played two years in the Minor Leagues ... Previously served as a big league hitting coach with the Marlins (2010-11) and Astros (2013-14) ... Drafted by the Phillies in the 12th round of the 1991 MLB Draft and spent two seasons in professional baseball as in infielder with Rookie League Martinsville and Class A Spartanburg ... Attended Chicago State University and the University of Illinois at Chicago, majoring in Kinesiology ... at UIC earned All-League and All-Tournament honors in both 1990 and 1991.
Managerial and Coaching Career: John has been a hitting coach or coordinator since 1996, having spent time in Milwaukee's, Montreal's, Miami's and Houston's organizations ... Began his coaching career as a hitting coach in the Brewers organization from 1996-2000 where he spent time with Class A Beloit (1996-97, 1999), Single-A Stockton (1998) and Double-A Huntsville (2000) ... Served as the hitting coach with Triple-A Ottawa in the Expos' organization in 2001 ... In 2002, joined the Marlins organization where he spent the next eight-plus seasons as the organization's minor league hitting coordinator before being named interim Major League hitting coach in June 2010 ... continued as hitting coach for the 2011 season ... In October 2012 was named to Bo Porter's Houston Astros coaching staff as the Major League hitting coach, a post he served for two seasons before joining the Cubs.
Playing Career: John appeared in 115 Minor League games after being drafted by the Phillies in the 12th round of the 1991 draft ... batted a combined .208 with 49 runs scored and 28 RBI in two seasons ... Played in the Rookie League with Martinsville in 1991, batting .237 in 39 games ... in 1992, played in 76 games at Class A Spartanburg, hitting .188 with 34 runs ... Appeared exclusively as a middle infielder, making 95 appearances at shortstop and 20 appearances at second base.