The Rockies have signed uitlity man Josh Vitters to a minor-league contract, according to Baseball America. Vitters, who was the third overall pick in the 2007 draft, spent the last three seasons with the Cubs before being outrighted this offseason. He hit .213 with 11 home runs and 38 RBI in Triple-A Iowa in 2014.
The Cubs have outrighted Josh Vitters , Chris Valaika and Ryan Kalish to Triple-A Wednesday. The move takes all three players off the 40-man roster. Vitters and Kalish had some prospect buzz early in their careers, but neither has lived up to the hype. The team will likely turn to other options next season.
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.
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 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.