Josh Vitters Off to Good Start in AFL…

Posted on 22 October 2009 by Lou

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Cubs fans can’t wait to get a look at Josh Vitters at Wrigley Field in the near future.  The 20-year old had a 2-run double in his 1st AFL game – a 5-4 win for the Mesa Solar Sox over the Scottsdale Scorpions.  After going 5-8 in his 1st 2 games, he came back down to earth in his 2 next games, going hitless in 7 at-bats.  Coming of a solid 2009 in which he hit .284 with 18 home runs and 68 RBI’s in work at both Class-A Peoria and Double-A Tennessee, Vitters is looking forward to continuing his season this fall.  “I don’t think the talent level is much different at all from the regular season… I just need to get used to facing pitchers I’ve never faced before… The Competition is definitely better [facing Double-A and Triple-A level players] but I’m trying to keep my game plan.”

Going into the 2007 draft, scouts dubbed Vitters the “Most Polished Hitter”, so it isn’t surprising to see Vitters succeeding so early in his minor league career.  An added bonus is that he is fielding well too – he has yet to commit an error thus far this fall.

The future sure looks bright for Vitters and the Cubs.  GM Jim Hendry would probably love to see Vitters make an impact at the Friendly Confines in the next few years…

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