Josh Vitters Replaces Brett Jackson on the Arizona Fall League Roster

Chicago Cubs’ top prospect Brett Jackson will not be headed to the prospect-heavy Arizona Fall League in October after all. According to Carrie Muskat, Jackson has “another commitment,” which will be explained soon.

How’s that for cryptic?

On Twitter, she says it’s not because he’s being called up to the Cubs, though. She says simply that it’s “all good,” and will be announced later. I’m scratching my head, trying to figure out what would be a conflict in October/November for Jackson. If I had to guess? He’s going to be on the USA Team for the Pan American Games (for which pros are eligible), which takes place in mid-October. Just a guess.

In his stead, the Cubs will send Josh Vitters (whose absence I actually questioned when the rosters were first announced). More interestingly, Muskat says Vitters is listed on the Solar Sox roster as an outfielder. Will this Fall be the beginning of a transition for Vitters? He has yet to play a game in the OF in his professional career.

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9 responses to “Josh Vitters Replaces Brett Jackson on the Arizona Fall League Roster”

  1. Zach

    Maybe the Cubs see him replacing Soriano in the outfield.

  2. JulioZuleta

    Brett, I’m hearing Jackson wants to finish up a class or two and get his degree

  3. Hogie

    The switch worked quite well for Ryan Braun.

    On a side note, I just saw him face plant on the in-the-park attempt. I spit coffee out of my nose! I love watching that beady eyed goon fail! I live in Wisconsin, and I have to hear how great he is ALL the time, now I have something to talk about.

    1. MichiganGoat

      That was hilarious here’s a link for those of you who didn’t see it

      http://1045theteam.com/ryan-braun-fall-video/

  4. Steve

    With Baez now in the Cubs’ system, Vitters’ switch to the OF was almost inevitable. I hope it works out well for him. The guys still needs to learn to take a walk, but that’s been a problem with Cubs’ prospects for quite a while.

    1. JulioZuleta

      ehh, you can never make the statement that “since we drafted this 18 year old kid, we need to move one of our higher level position prospects to the outfield”. Realistically, the chances of Baez being a real major league contributor are not very high. Keep in mind, Baez has a cannon for an arm, yet has 6 errors in 4 and a half games. I know you can’t draw any conclusions from that, but if he bulks up HE could be an outfielder. You never can know, remember, at one point the single A catchers for the us were Geo Soto, Randy Wells and Carlos Marmol.

  5. awesome

    he’s headed here to sit 30 days, see the big crowds he’ll be playing for in 2015. can’t beat bench experience. ah that Quade, great teacher.

    1. CubFan Paul

      lol, that’s almost what Quade said when Bruce Levine peppered him with questions about LaHair sitting/not in the lineup/player development/him as the manager trying to win, when its pointless ..and Quade’s answer: Any experience he gets is good for him ..wow

      maybe Bruce will write something up today with the exact quotes, but don’t plan on LaHair getting four starts a week