|2013 Season (CBSSports.com)||99.00||2.00||.121||5.00||7.00||2.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs Gonzalez (Career)||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|05/20/2013||Aaron Hill, 2B ARI|
B.J. Upton, CF ATL
Jayson Werth, RF WAS
Todd Helton, 1B COL
|Josh Vitters, 3B CHC|
Domonic Brown, LF PHI
Allen Craig, 1B STL
|05/20/2013||Anthony Gose, RF TOR||Josh Vitters, 3B CHC|
|05/12/2013||Juan Francisco, 3B ATL|
Travis Snider, RF PIT
Nolan Arenado, 3B COL
Josh Vitters, 3B CHC
Yasiel Puig, CF LAD
|Carlos Beltran, RF STL|
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B WAS
Ian Desmond, SS WAS
Kolten Wong, 2B STL
|Last 7 Games|
|Cubs not giving up on Josh Vitters|
|by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com|
(5/21/13) Josh Vitters has not lived up to the hype of his first-round pedigree, but the Cubs are thin at third base and have not yet given up on the 23-year-old. He is receiving the majority of the at-bats at Triple-A Iowa, and the team still believes he can be the future at the position.
"[Vitters] is the priority, put it that way," Dale Sveum told MLB.com Tuesday. "Who knows about third baseman of the future, but he's a priority to develop as that guy. The guy was a first-round pick and the guy can swing the bat. We still have to develop him with the thought of him being our third baseman some day. He's got power, he can swing, he can hit a fastball. But there's a lot of development left in him."
Vitters is still more of a developmental prospect, stuck behind current third baseman Luis Valbuena, who is fourth on the team with an .811 onbase plus slugging percentage.
|Josh Vitters returns from minor-league DL|
|by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com|
(4/30/13) Cubs third base prospect Josh Vitters returned from the minor-league disabled list Tuesday, MLB.com reports.
Vitters has appeared in just one game for Triple-A Iowa so far. He hit .305/.356/.513 at Iowa in 110 games last year. Vitters will be angling for a second call-up this season. He earned 99 at-bats for the Cubs last season but hit just .121/.193/.202 with 33 strikeouts.
|Josh Vitters placed on Triple-A disabled list|
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
(4/12/13) Cubs third base prospect Josh Vitters has been placed on the Triple-A disabled list, the team announced Friday.
Vitters has been "battling a sore back since the team left spring training," according to Baseball America. He has made just one plate appearance with Triple-A Iowa this season.
|Cubs shed four players from roster|
|by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com|
(3/18/13) The Chicago Cubs further trimmed their roster Monday by optioning third baseman Josh Vitters to Triple-A Iowa, and reassigning pitcher Barret Loux, shortstop Javier Baez and catcher Rafael Lopez to the team's minor-league camp. Baez is considered the team's top prospect by MLB.com and finished with a .333 batting average, four homers and nine RBI in 15 games this spring.
|Josh Vitters dismisses sore quad|
|by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com|
(3/15/13) Cubs third baseman Josh Vitters said Friday he was pleased with his showing during his Cactus League debut Thursday and reported no problems with his sore left quad. In his first game since Feb. 21, Vitters entered as a substitute and was 0 for 2. "I got to test [my leg] on the first ball I hit, I hit a grounder to shortstop," he told MLB.com. "It's kind of good that I had a couple ground balls and got to test it out. I didn't push it quite to 100 percent, but I picked it up pretty close."
|Though he was the third overall pick in the 2007 draft, Josh Vitters has yet to nail down a starting job in the majors, which is reason enough to regard him as a disappointment of a prospect. Last year, though, he did a nice job salvaging what little reputation remains, hitting .304 with 17 homers and an .869 OPS in 415 at-bats at Triple-A Iowa. Granted, he achieved those numbers in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, but considering he struggled just to hit doubles at previous stops in the minors, any indication of him learning to drive the ball is cause for optimism. The performance even earned him a promotion to the majors in early August. He was a disaster there -- unable to carry over his low strikeout rate, which was the one constant from his minor-league career -- but after the way his first five professional seasons went, you'll settle for baby steps. The Cubs still have nobody better than injury-prone retread Ian Stewart to man third base, so with another couple of baby steps, Vitters could find himself starting in the big leagues soon enough. He's no certainty to perform there, but he's worth a flyer just in case all that talk of him being a lost cause turns out to be premature. He's only 23, after all. (Updated 1/4/13)|
|Upcoming 7 Games|
|5/23/13||@ PIT||12:35 pm||Jeanmar Gomez|
|5/24/13||@ CIN||7:10 pm||Bronson Arroyo|
|5/25/13||@ CIN||4:10 pm||Homer Bailey|
|5/26/13||@ CIN||1:10 pm||Johnny Cueto|
|5/27/13||@ CHW||7:10 pm||Jose Quintana|
|5/28/13||@ CHW||8:10 pm||Chris Sale|
|5/29/13||CHW||2:20 pm||John Danks|