Report: Vitters and Jackson Will Not Be Called Up in September

The Cubs made three additions to the active roster on Sunday, the first day big league teams could expand their rosters and call-up players from the 40-man roster.

The Cubs activated Ryan Sweeney and Luis Valbuena from the disabled list and called-up RHP Alberto Cabrera from Triple-A Iowa to spend the final month of the season in the pen. The Cubs are not expected to make another round of call-ups until Iowa’s season concludes on Monday. J.C. Boscan, Dave Sappelt, Brooks Raley and Justin Grimm will likely be added to the Cubs’ active roster in the coming days.

Two players that will not be with the big league team this September are Josh Vitters and Brett Jackson. According to a report from Carrie Muskat, Vitters and Jackson were not part of the conversations of which players would be called up in September. Vitters and Jackson have dealt with various injuries since Spring Training and have lost a year of development in the process.

Dale Sveum addressed the team’s decision to not call-up Vitters and Jackson this September. Sveum said, “Things have changed a great deal with them missing so much time this year. 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 and Brett Jackson are on the Cubs’ 40-man roster and both players have minor league options remaining after this season. Vitters has one more minor league option year left while Jackson has two.

Before Josh Vitters was shut down for the remainder of the season, Iowa manager Marty Pevey said he would like to see Vitters play winter ball because he needs to the time on the field. Vitters produced when he was able to play this season. In 28 games with the I-Cubs, Vitters together a .295/.380/.511 slash line with four doubles and five home runs for a .891 OPS.

Brett Jackson has struggled this year and has not hit. Jackson started the season with the I-Cubs but after 61 games, he was sent to Double-A Tennessee to help regain his confidence. In 93 games this season between the AZL Cubs, Iowa and Tennessee, Jackson managed a .208/.295/.327 line with 10 doubles, five triples and six home runs with a .622 OPS. In 361 plate appearances, Jackson has struck out 120 times.

The front office appears willing to let the off-season serve as a reset button for several players in the system and that would be a good course of action to take with Vitters and Jackson. Both players still have time to develop, the Cubs and the fan base just need be patient with both former first round draft picks.

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  • Eugene Debs

    Neither of them deserve to be called up. Jackson is struggling in AA. Seriously, he’s not gonna make it, folks. Verdict is still out on Vitters, but this was a lost year.

    • Ripsnorter1

      But the Cubs should have still called Jackson up. Vitters has been hurt, and
      they could have used that for an excuse: “You need to rest your body.”

      But imo, Jackson needs the call up
      because his confidence got really roughed up last year. I wanted to see him called
      up as a pat on the back and a show of confidence that the Cubs believe he can
      still make it.

      The Cubs would benefit from another impotent bat in the race for the #3 draft pick.

      They can still blow it, ya know.

  • Tom U

    Due to both North and South division teams winning titles in both halves of the season, Boise makes the playoff with the next best overall record despite losing 14-3 to Hillsboro tonight.

    Boise is the fifth Cubs affiliate to make the playoffs, and this is Boise’s third straight playoff appearance.

  • SirGladiator

    The players that need to be called up are Hendricks, Baez, and that Lefty-reliever guy who’s supposed to be good. Those are the guys who could be the key to our making the playoffs next year, giving them a taste of the bigs now makes all the sense in the world. Unlike Vitters and Jackson, they actually earned the taste by owning bigtime in the minors, there’s every reason to believe they could hang with the big leaguers, and every reason to want to find out for sure. Let’s call those guys up!

    • Tony_Hall

      Neither Baez or Hendricks will be called up as they are not on the 40 man roster and don’t have to be added this off-season. So to use a 40 man spot on them right now and start their clock makes no sense. They are not planning on either of them starting next year with the big league team and will be added to the 40 man next year if they want to call them up during the season.

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  • John_CC

    Its hard to grasp how fast and far Jackson has fallen. Its a shame, by all accounts he is a talented kid with a good work ethic and attitude. I guess it happens to many more players than those that make it, its just that we witnessed this one. I hope he can pull it together.