Former first round pick Josh Vitters is getting a lot of attention lately, but little is based on his actual performance. The Chicago Cubs prospect is currently playing in the Arizona Fall League, but he’s setting lofty goals for himself.

“I want to be there next year,” said Vitters, who is currently getting more at-bats by playing for the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League. “This is my new goal. I want to make it there at some point next year. Whether it be the halfway point or in September, I want to be there next year.”

In a move that could help his acceleration, the 6-foot-2, 200-pound Vitters has been playing first base as well as third for Mesa. Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez is signed through 2011, but Vitters needs to regain the production he displayed in 2009, when he hit .284 with 18 home runs at the Class A level. Chicago Tribune.

Starlin Castro famously made the leap from AA to the bigs after playing in the AFL, but Castro tore the league up in his appearance, whereas Vitters is hitting just .240 in 50 at bats this Fall. He’s got a .291 OBP and .380 SLG. The Majors look like they’re still a ways off for Vitters.

  • KB

    Wait, Vitters is sporting an OBP below the OPB Mendoza line? For a total free-swinger finally facing good pitchers?

    Color me shocked.