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06/07/2007 3:29 PM ET
Cubs select third baseman Josh Vitters with third pick of First-Year Player Draft
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ORLANDO -- The Chicago Cubs today selected third baseman Josh Vitters with the third selection of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft. Vitters, 17, will graduate from Cypress (Calif.) High School later this month.

The top-ranked position player out of high school by Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus, Vitters was named the Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year for California in 2007. In his senior season, Vitters batted .390 with nine homers and 29 RBI in 24 games with Cypress, boasting an .890 slugging percentage.

Among all draft-eligible high school players, Baseball America selected Vitters as the best pure hitter in the 2007 Draft and also rated him as the second-best power hitter and owner of the second-best strike-zone judgment. Among all high school pitchers and position players nationwide, Baseball America listed Vitters as the player closest to playing in the major leagues.

As a junior in 2006, Vitters batted .352 with nine homers and 32 RBI, and was a 2006 Aflac All-American and a First-Team All-State selection. Last summer, Vitters was named the Most Valuable Player of the Baseball Express Cape Cod High School Classic held in Wareham, Mass.

His older brother, Christian, was drafted by Oakland in the 10th round of last year's draft and currently plays for the Single-A Kane County Cougars.

Josh Vitters 2007 batting statistics at Cypress High School:
YEAR AVG. G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO
2007 .390 24 77 30 30 6 3 9 29 14 6


JOSH VITTERS
PRIMARY POSITION: Third Base
BATS: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6-3, Weight: 195
Age: 17
Birthdate: 8/27/89
Residence: Anaheim, CA
High School: Cypress HS (Calif.)
HIGH SCHOOL Coach: John Weber
Cubs Area Scout: Denny Henderson


CUBS LAST 10 NO. 1 PICKS LAST 10 PLAYERS CHOSEN WITH THIRD OVERALL PICK
2007 - INF Josh Vitters (3) 2007 - INF Josh Vitters (CHI)
2006 - OF Tyler Colvin (13) 2006 - INF Evan Longoria (TB)
2005 - LHP Mark Pawelek (20) 2005 - C Jeffrey Clement (FLA)
2004 - RHP Grant Johnson (66) 2004 - RHP Philip Humber (NYM)
2003 - INF Ryan Harvey (6) 2003 - RHP Kyle Sleeth (DET)
2002 - RHP Bobby Brownlie (21) 2002 - RHP C. Gruler (CIN)
2001 - RHP Mark Prior (2) 2001 - RHP Dewon Brazelton (TB)
2000 - INF Luis Montanez (3) 2000 - INF Luis Montanez (CHI)
1999 - RHP Ben Christensen (26) 1999 - C Eric Munson (DET)
1998 - OF Corey Patterson (3) 1998 - OF Corey Patterson (CHI)
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