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27 Josh Vitters LF
Height/Weight: 6-2/200 | Birthdate: 8/27/1989 | Birthplace: Anaheim, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Chicago | College: No College | MLB Experience: 1 | Owned/Started%: 1/0 | Average Draft Position: 745.50
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Josh Vitters on minor-league DL with toe injury


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2014) Cubs minor-leaguer Josh Vitters was placed on the disabled list at Triple-A Iowa Tuesday, due to a broken big toe, reports MLB.com.

It is now known how long this will sideline Vitters, but it is another speed bump in a difficult season. The former top prospect is hitting just .208 with six home runs in 43 games. 


Cubs cut eight from major-league camp


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2014) The Cubs optioned five players to Triple-A Iowa Tuesday, including outfielder Brett Jackson, infielders Josh Vitters and Christian Villanueva and pitchers Zac Rosscup and Arodys Vizcaino.

The team also reassigned catcher Rafael Lopez, outfielder Mitch Maier and pitcher Armando Rivero to minor-league camp.


Cubs not throwing in the towel on Josh Vitters, Brett Jackson


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/19/2014) Cubs infielder Josh Vitters and outfielder Brett Jackson used to be highly rated prospects, but struggles in the minors have pushed them off the radar. However, senior vice president of player development Jason McLeod said the Cubs haven't forgotten about Vitters and Jackson, who will both be in camp this spring.

"We still have belief in both of them," McLeod said, per MLB.com.


Josh Vitters moved to left field


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2013) The Cubs have shifted Josh Vitters from third base to left field, according to the Daily Herald. Vitters is hitting .267/.368/.465 with a five homers and 12 RBI in 33 games in the minors this season.

Brett Jackson, Josh Vitters won't be promoted to majors


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2013) The Cubs don't plan to promote prospects Brett Jackson and Josh Vitters, according to MLB.com. Both players were September call-ups in 2012.

"We don't have the young kids who are coming up like last year with Brett Jackson and Vitters," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said, per MLB.com. "This year, we have some older guys, some left-handed bats who are obviously in the mix for next year and we want to look at and evaluate."

Jackson and Vitters have both battled injuries and have struggled in the minors this season. Their futures will the club remain in flux.

"Things have changed a great deal with them missing so much time this year," Sveum said. "The player-development part of this year has been pretty much lost for both of them. It'll be a wait-and-see thing this winter."


Josh Vitters may wind up back on disabled list


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2013) Cubs third baseman Josh Vitters may be headed back to the disabled list, according to the Daily Herald

Vitters returned from a hamstring injury Monday, but had to leave Tuesday's game early after re-injuring his hamstring. Vitters is hitting .267/.368/.465 at two minor-league levels.


Josh Vitters returns from minor-league disabled list


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2013) Cubs infield prospect Josh Vitters has been activated from the minor-league disabled list and is in the starting lineup for Triple-A Iowa Monday, MLB.com reports. He was placed on the DL in late July after suffering a strained right hamstring.

Vitters has hit .289/.372/.470 with four home runs and 11 RBI in 83 at-bats with Iowa.


Josh Vitters on minors DL again


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2013) Cubs prospect Josh Vitters went on the disabled list at Triple-A Iowa due to a strained right hamstring, MLB.com reports. Vitters has been limited to just 31 games due to injury this season. 

Vitters, who was long ago a top prospect but is no longer, has four homers and 11 RBI over 83 healthy at-bats this year with Iowa. 


Josh Vitters activated from disabled list


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2013) The Cubs activated infielder Josh Vitters from the Triple-A disabled list Friday, MLB.com reports. Vitters, who was out with a strained rib cage muscle, has hit .270/.343/.444 with three home runs and eight RBI in 63 at-bats with Triple-A Iowa.


Josh Vitters hits the shelf in minors


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2013) Cubs minor-league third baseman Josh Vitters was placed on the disabled list Wednesday, with a strained muscle in his rib cage. Vitters was placed on the seven-day disabled list for Triple-A Iowa, and the extent of the injury or a timeline are not yet known.

Vitters is hitting .270 with a .787 OPS for Iowa. 


Cubs not giving up on Josh Vitters


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2013) 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
(4/30/2013) 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
(4/12/2013) 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
(3/18/2013) 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
(3/15/2013) 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."

Josh Vitters ready for to play


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2013) MLB.com reports Cubs third baseman Josh Vitters, who has been sidelined since Feb. 21 with a sore left quadriceps, will play in an exhibition game against Team Japan on Friday.

Vitters likely out another week


by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2013) Cubs third baseman Josh Vitters will be sidelined until at least next weekend as he continues to nurse a sore left quadriceps. Vitters, who has been out since playing in an intrasquad game on Feb. 21, is dealing with the same issue as fellow third baseman Ian Stewart. "They're still feeling it," manager Dale Sveum told MLB.com on Sunday. "They're still feeling stiffness when they're jogging at 80 percent or running at 80 percent. Hopefully, maybe [they'll be back] this weekend."

Vitters out 10 to 14 days


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2013) MLB.com reports Cubs third baseman Josh Vitters underwent an MRI and the results came back that he has a mild quad strain. Vitters will sit out 10 to 14 days.

Vitters nursing sore quad


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2013) MLB.com reports Cubs third baseman Josh Vitters is day to day with a sore left quadriceps. He's scheduled to play in Friday's intrasquad game, but he could be removed from the lineup.