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Profile: Josh Vitters
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Name: Josh Vitters
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 190
Date of Birth: 8/27/89
School: Cypress (CA) Rank: 23
Vitters enjoyed a very productive summer, hitting against the best pitchers in the nation at numerous high profile showcases and tournament in front of dozens of scouts and scouting directors. He went 3 for 4 in the Aflac All-American Classic, with all three of his hits being doubles, while adding a walk. He walked against Matt Harvey, while doubling against Michael Main, Madison Bumgarner and Rick Porcello, all of whom are projected to go in the first round next June. Vitters has incredibly polished hitting mechanics and very good bat speed. His quick hands and wrists allow him to make last-minute adjustments while also fouling off good pitches. He is more of a line-drive hitter at this point in time, but there is no reason not to expect more power down the road. Defensively he is sound, not special, at third base, with good enough lateral quickness and a strong arm. Even if he doesn't stick at the hot corner, and there is no reason to think he couldn't at this point in time, he should hit plenty enough to be a productive left fielder. His brother Christian played shortstop at Fresno State before being drafted by the Oakland A's during the 2006 draft, Both Christian and Josh have continued an impressive shortstop tradition from Cypress High School (CA), where 2002 first-round pick Scott Moore also played. Josh doesn't turn 18 until next August. He has committed to play at Arizona State.

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