Vitters entered professional baseball after a standout career at Fresno State University, where he took home WAC Player of the Year honors.
Being honored as the conference player of the year is an award that usually can carry levels of confidence into the professional ranks. Vitters, on the other hand, prefers to remain humble about his collegiate accomplishment.
“It’s just an award, and it’s nice to have, but there were plenty of other guys that deserved it as much as me,” Vitters said from Lansing, MI, during the Cougars' most recent road-trip.
“Confidence isn’t something that you get from receiving an award, you need to get out here and do good.”
Growing up in California, Vitters relishes in the opportunity to play for a west coast team that is near to his hometown of Anaheim.
“It’s a great organization. I was a fan of (Jose) Canseco, (Mark) McGwire, (Rickey) Henderson and all those guys, they were great,” Vitters said.
While in the Low-A Midwest League, Vitters will be rotating between shortstop and third base. At 6’2’’, he has the frame to play third base, but it remains to be seen whether he will have the arm strength and pure power bat to play the hot corner.
With his glove skills and range, he is best suited at shortstop for now, but is certainly going to see action at both positions this summer, while he develops more as a hitter.
Vitters, like most of his Cougar teammates, got off to a slow start to the season. However, he has been swinging the bat much better recently. In the recently completed three-game series with Lansing, Vitters had five hits in 13 at-bats and he drove-in three runs.