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The Top 20 Cubs Prospects - #2 Josh Vitters

#2 Josh Vitters

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Prospect #2 Josh Vitters

Vitters is yet another Cubs prospect who was recently drafted with a ton of potential.  He was chosen 3rd in the 2007 draft, at the age of 17.  As a 17-year-old, Vitters played 14 games in Rookie and Low A ball, and he must've been feeling overwhelmed because his numbers were just the opposite - underwhelming.  then, in 2008, the youngster batted .328 at Boise, hitting 5 homeruns in 259 at bats.  He also had a small taste of Peoria, which is his likely starting point in 2009.

In terms of what he brings to the table, although he's yet to show it he has tremendous power potential.  He's also a hard worker - he started out defensively shaky at third, but in one full year he's worked hard enough to correct those problems and he should remain there throughout his development.  Like a lot of Cubs prospects, he doesn't draw a ton of walks, but contrary to what some might say players can learn discipline and there's time for him to be taught.

Scouting Report

  • Plus power potential.  Scouts compare his power ability with Aramis Ramirez, the Guy He Would Replace.
  • Good contact potential.  If he develops the way he should, he could be a .300 hitter at the major league level someday.  He doesn't strike out much.
  • Poor plate discipline.  Vitters needs to learn how to take more pitches.
  • Acceptable defensive skills at third.

Summary

At the age of 18, the Cubs have a lot of time to work with Vitters.  A lot of people rate him as the top prospect in the Cubs system, but for me he is too far away and too much can happen for him to be top ranked.  That said, 2011 or 2012 might be a fun season for Cub fans if he reaches his potential quickly.

Rating: A
Odds of reaching the Majors =
Winning at Roulette
Odds of becoming a successful player at the Major League Level = If he gets there, probably on par with the odds of the next Batman movie kicking some serious ass

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