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Josh Vitters | Third Baseman

Team: Colorado Rockies
Age / DOB:  (25) / 8/27/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Rockies signed INF/OF Josh Vitters to a minor league deal.
The former top prospect has really fallen from grace in recent years and hit a disappointing .213/.268/.339 with 11 homers and 38 RBI in 112 games at Triple-A Iowa in 2014 while striking out 107 times in 375 at-bats. Still just 25-years-old, it's a nice low-risk signing for the Rockies. Feb 6 - 9:34 PM

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Cubs sent OF Josh Vitters outright to Triple-A Iowa.

Vitters was the third overall pick in the 2007 MLB Amateur Draft and was rated a Top 50 prospect by Baseball Prospectus three years in a row (2008-2010), but the 25-year-old has turned quickly into a bust. He batted just .213/.268/.339 in 112 games this season at Triple-A Iowa and had to be moved from third base to left field. It's difficult to envision a prominent role for Vitters in the Cubs' immediate future.
Wed, Oct 29, 2014 04:15:00 PM

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

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

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2Michael McKenry
3Audry Perez
1B1Justin Morneau
2Wilin Rosario
2B1D.J. LeMahieu
2Daniel Descalso
3Charlie Culberson
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Cristhian Adames
3Rafael Ynoa
4Omar Quintanilla
3B1Nolan Arenado
LF1Corey Dickerson
2Kyle Parker
CF1Charlie Blackmon
2Drew Stubbs
3Brandon Barnes
RF1Carlos Gonzalez
2Roger Bernadina
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PosRoleName
S1Jorge De La Rosa
2Kyle Kendrick
3Jordan Lyles
4Tyler Matzek
5David Hale
6Jon Gray
7Eddie Butler
8Christian Bergman
9Tyler Chatwood
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1LaTroy Hawkins
2Adam Ottavino
3Rex Brothers
4Boone Logan
5Christian Friedrich
6John Axford
7Rafael Betancourt
8Brooks Brown
9Jairo Diaz