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Josh Vitters | Third Baseman

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (24) / 8/27/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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The Cubs have decided to move Josh Vitters from third base to left field.
With Mike Olt and Kris Bryant in the organization, it seemed inevitable that Vitters would be moved elsewhere. He's coming off a lost season at Triple-A Iowa, where he batted .295/.380/.511 but over just 28 games due to injury. He'll compete for a roster spot next spring, but it's probably more likely that he'll make up for some lost time back at Iowa. Tue, Sep 17, 2013 07:21:00 PM

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Josh Vitters was placed on the disabled list with Triple-A Iowa due to a strained right hamstring.

Another tough break for Vitters, who has been limited to just 31 games this season to injury. His days of being the Cubs' "third baseman of the future" are long gone.
Mon, Jul 29, 2013 05:53:00 PM

Josh Vitters was placed on the disabled list with Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday due to a strained rib cage muscle.

It's his second time on the disabled list this season, as he dealt with some back soreness in April. The 23-year-old is batting .270/.343/.444 with three home runs, eight RBI and a .787 OPS in 19 games this season in Triple-A.
Wed, May 29, 2013 11:54:00 AM

Josh Vitters has been placed on the disabled list with Triple-A Iowa due to back soreness.

Vitters has been limited to just one at-bat so far this season. The Cubs say that the 23-year-old has been dealing with back soreness since spring training, so he'll now get some extended rest.
Fri, Apr 12, 2013 05:24:00 PM

Josh Vitters (quad) will make his first start of the spring on Friday.

Vitters has been on the shelf since late February with a quad injury. He should theoretically have enough time to get ready for Opening Day, but he's expected to begin the year at Triple-A, anyway.
Thu, Mar 14, 2013 07:50:00 PM

Josh Vitters (quad) is expected to be sidelined for another week.

Vitters was originally diagnosed with a mild quad strain, but if he's out another week that will be over three weeks that he's been on the shelf. The 23-year-old third baseman is expected to begin the year at Triple-A.
Sun, Mar 10, 2013 01:01:00 PM

Josh Vitters will be sidelined 10-14 days with a "mild" quad strain.

The Cubs will be without Vitters and Ian Stewart (quad) for the first two weeks of spring training. The injuries should give Luis Valbuena an extended look at third base, though both are expected to be ready in time for Opening Day.
Sat, Feb 23, 2013 11:53:00 AM

Josh Vitters was unavailable for the Cubs' intrasquad game Thursday due to a left quad strain.

Vitters is listed on Friday's intrasquad lineup, but it's possible he'll be removed. It doesn't sound like more than a day-to-day issue, though.
Thu, Feb 21, 2013 07:37:00 PM

Josh Vitters has been dropped by his team in the Venezuelan Winter League.

Vitters lasted just two games with the Caracas Lions before getting the boot. It's not clear if the 23-year-old third baseman will try to latch on with another team or simply head home.
Wed, Nov 28, 2012 10:55:00 AM

Cubs president Theo Epstein said Thursday that Josh Vitters and Brett Jackson will open 2013 at Triple-A Iowa.

The Cubs are unlikely to be competitive in the National League Central next season, so they'll keep their top prospects marinating down on the farm. Vitters, a 23-year-old third baseman, batted .121/.193/.202 in his first 36 major leagues games this summer. Jackson, a 24-year-old outfielder, hit .175/.303/.342 in 44 games.
Thu, Oct 4, 2012 11:48:00 AM

Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Luis Valbuena will be his primary third baseman down the stretch.

The Cubs don't have much to lose by throwing Josh Vitters out there regularly, but they don't want to bury the youngster. Vitters went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts Monday in his last start and is now batting .093 with 19 strikeouts over 56 plate appearances. Sveum said he'll "mix and match," while at the same time giving Vitters "some time to kick back."
Fri, Aug 31, 2012 09:41:00 AM

Josh Vitters ripped his first major league home run in Monday's loss to the Brewers.

Vitters deposited a hanging Mark Rogers curveball into the left field seats. It was his only hit in four trips to the plate, and the former No. 3 overall pick is not batting just .108 with 13 strikeouts and no walks in his first 11 games as a Cub.
Mon, Aug 20, 2012 11:33:00 PM

Cubs recalled 3B Josh Vitters from Triple-A Iowa.

The No. 3 pick in the 2007 draft, Vitters has had a nice year at Iowa, batting .304/.356/.513 batting line with 17 homers over 452 plate appearances. Although he's not in the lineup Sunday, he should play third base pretty regularly over the final two months. He's worth scooping up in NL-only formats.
Sun, Aug 5, 2012 01:49:00 PM

Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer indicated Tuesday that prospect third baseman Josh Vitters is likely to be called up from Triple-A Iowa in the near future.

Vitters, who turns 23 later this month, is hitting .296/.349/.496 with 15 home runs, 63 RBI and an .846 OPS in 106 games this season at the Triple-A level. There are serious questions about his plate discipline, but he should get a look as the Cubs evaluate their internal options for 2013. He might be worth a stash in NL-only formats.
Wed, Aug 1, 2012 10:23:00 AM

Cubs purchased the contract of INF Josh Vitters from Double-A Tennessee.

Vitters was once considered one of the better prospects in the Cubs' system, but he has drawn just 71 walks over 1666 plate appearances in the minor leagues, resulting in a mediocre .758 OPS in five minor league seasons. The Cubs aren't about to give up his on his sweet right-handed swing, but the 22-year-old hasn't come close to matching the hype adorned to him as the No. 3 overall pick of the 2007 Draft.
Fri, Nov 18, 2011 11:12:00 PM

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