Vitters with the Peoria Chiefs
|Bridgeport Bluefish – No. 17|
|Third baseman/ Left fielder|
August 27, 1989 |
|August 5, 2012, for the Chicago Cubs|
(through 2014 season)
|Runs batted in||5|
Vitters was an AFLAC All-American Prep Third Baseman for Cypress High School in Cypress, California. He was also named the Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year for California in 2007. Vitters committed to attend Arizona State University on a scholarship, to play for the Arizona State Sun Devils baseball team.
Draft and Minors
The Chicago Cubs drafted Vitters with the third overall selection of the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft. He made his professional debut with the Rookie-level Arizona Cubs of the Arizona League. On 2014 April 3, he hit his first home run for the Iowa Cubs in a 10-2 loss to the Memphis Redbirds.
Vitters was selected to appear in the 2009 All-Star Futures Game. In mid-2009, the Cubs promoted Vitters from the Peoria Chiefs of the Class A Midwest League to the Daytona Cubs of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League. He spent the 2010 season with Daytona and the Tennessee Smokies of the Class AA Southern League.
Major league play
The Cubs promoted Vitters and fellow prospect Brett Jackson from the Iowa Cubs of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League on August 5, 2012. He made his Major League debut later that day as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers  On August 7, 2012, Vitters' was pinch hitting for pitcher Jeff Beliveau and made his first MLB hit for a double against the San Diego Padres in the seventh inning, scoring both Steve Clevenger and Darwin Barney. His first major league home run was on August 20, 2012 in the fifth inning against Mark Rogers of the Milwaukee Brewers.
Josh's brother, Christian, played minor league baseball.
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