Inside The Ivy: Welcome to the Cubs organization. It took awhile for you to sign. What was the holdup?
Dylan Johnston: Well, the money was the biggest thing. I wanted to make sure I got what I was asking for. I had a good agent in Danny Lozano from the Beverly Hill Sports Council.
Inside The Ivy: We understand your mother was very active throughout the ordeal. How much of the decision was yours, and how much did she influence you?
Dylan Johnston: I pretty much made the decision on my own. The only other option was St. Mary's. They offered me a full-ride scholarship if I didn't sign, so I would have been heading to California. I leaned toward the Cubs because I thought I was ready to start my professional career. They also came up with the right amount of money at the right moment, so it was a win-win situation.
Inside The Ivy: You've been here in Mesa for about two weeks now. What are your initials thoughts on the organization?
Dylan Johnston: I like it a lot. I've been impressed with everything here; everything down to a T. We're always working hard. It's been fun so far.
Inside The Ivy: Tell us about your first week in the Arizona Summer League.
Dylan Johnston: Well, I haven't gotten my bat going yet. I'm struggling with that (1-for-21), but I am playing pretty good defense. I'm just trying to stay positive with regards to my offense. I hope it will come around soon.
Inside The Ivy: What are some of the things the organization has you working on at the moment?
Dylan Johnston: Right now I'm in the midst of changing my batting stance a little. In high school, my hands stayed really low and I had a narrow stance. Since I got here, they've opened up my legs and widened my stance a little more.
Inside The Ivy: How difficult, if at all, has the adjustment been for you to make?
Dylan Johnston: It's gone all right. I'm getting more and more comfortable every day. It's tough, but I have to do it.
Inside The Ivy: We know you just signed, but what does the offseason hold in store for you?
Dylan Johnston: I'll be taking two weeks off in early September before going to instructionals.
Read more on Dylan Johnston by going to his personal web site: DylanJohnston.com.