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Missouri State's Pierce Johnson signs with Cubs

SPRINGFIELD, MO - Former Missouri State pitcher Pierce Johnson officially signed with the Chicago Cubs Monday afternoon.  The 6'3" 21-year old was selected 43rd overall in last weeks MLB amateur draft.

"I wanted to get out and play," said Johnson.  "There wasn’t much negotiation to be done.  We just needed to dot some I’s and cross some t’s.

Johnson will now undergo a team physical before being sent to the short season Boise Hawks.

"Once I get down there they'll give me a training routine," said Johnson, who is spending some time with his family in Arvado, Colorado.  "Right now, we’re just both really excited and looking forward to the future."

Johnson was the Bears’ highest overall draftee since the Washington Nationals selected Ross Detwiler with the sixth overall pick of the 2007 Draft.

Johnson is coming off one of the most dominant seasons in Bears’ history in 2012, setting the Missouri State single-season strikeout record with 119 strikeouts in 99.2 innings to help MSU post a Division I-leading team ERA of 2.57.

Johnson plans to not make his signing bonus public.


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