The Iowa Cubs announced Thursday that former first round draft pick (2007) Josh Vitters was placed on the disabled list with a broken ring finger. Vitters suffered the injury in the sixth inning of Wednesday’s game in Reno making what was described as an awkward slide into second base.
Josh Vitters has had trouble staying on the field throughout his professional career. Vitters has lost significant time due to nagging injuries and a broken hand since he entered the Cubs system.
After playing in a career-best 129 games in 2011, Vitters put up good numbers in 2012 playing in 110 games for Iowa before he was called up and made his big league debut. Vitters spent most of last season on the shelf and played in only 33 games. Vitters hit .267/.368/.465 with five doubles, five home runs and a .833 OPS.
Josh Vitters has really struggled this season at the plate while spending time in left field and at first base for Iowa. Vitters has hit only .213/.268/.339 in 112 games with 14 doubles and 11 home runs for a .607 OPS. Josh Vitters is out of minor league options after this season and did not make the progress this year the front office was hoping he would while learning a new position.
Josh Vitters turns 25 years old on Aug. 27 and has the tools to be a successful big leaguer, if he could just put it all together.