Twins announce promotions in scouting department

The Minnesota Twins announced today that Deron Johnson has been promoted to Senior Advisor of the scouting department and Sean Johnson has been promoted to Director of Scouting.

"These promotions reflect the evolution of our scouting department and shape our scouting philosophies moving forward," said Twins Senior Vice President/General Manager Thad Levine. "Deron and Sean are exceptional people, and we have the utmost confidence that both Deron and Sean will establish the right vision through experience, leadership and their commitment to the Minnesota Twins."

Deron Johnson, 50, has been a member of the Twins organization since January of 1994. While working as the Northern California Area Scout, Johnson was promoted to West Coast Supervisor in October of 1998 and September 13, 2007 he was promoted to Director of Scouting for the Twins. In his new position, Deron will scout the best talent in the domestic and international, amateur markets. In addition, he will assist the Professional Scouting Department by undertaking targeted Minor and Major League scouting assignments.

Deron was born and raised in Vallejo, CA, and graduated from St. Mary's College in Moraga, CA, with a BA in Liberal Arts in 1991. Prior to joining the Twins, Johnson played three minor league seasons as an outfielder in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization from 1988-1990. He served as the assistant baseball coach and recruiting coordinator for the University of San Francisco from 1992-1993. Deron and his wife, Alecia, have four children, Ashley, Alexis, Deron Jr. and Dominique, and reside in Sacramento, CA.

Sean Johnson, 41, joined the Twins as an area scout in 2002, originally scouting Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming and Colorado. In 2008, Sean was promoted to West Coast Supervisor, overseeing the amateur scouts on the west coast for the June First-Year Player Draft. In his new role, Sean will establish the Minnesota Twins Amateur Scouting philosophies. Sean will be responsible for the strategic preparation of the Amateur Draft, and he will be charged with developing the 27-man amateur scouting staff.

A catcher at Wichita State from 1996-98, Sean began his professional career as the Shockers director of baseball operations. He was hired by the Marlins as the Midwest area scout in 2001 before joining the Twins in 2002.