8/5 Jackson, Vitters to Cubs
The Cubs shifted their focus to the future Sunday, promoting Brett Jackson and Josh Vitters, both No. 1 Draft picks, to the big league team from Triple-A Iowa. Jackson, the No. 1 Draft pick in 2009, was batting .258 with 15 home runs, 22 doubles, 12 triples, and 158 strikeouts in 106 games at Triple-A Iowa. The strikeout totals are high, but Jackson, who fanned 50 times in June, trimmed that number to 36 in July, and has shown improvement. Vitters, the top pick in the ’07 Draft, was hitting .304 with 17 home runs, 32 doubles and two triples in 110 games. The third baseman hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning on Saturday night for Iowa and stole a base. The only questions have been about Vitters’ defense. The Cubs are 0-4 since the Trade Deadline, and the offense has not shown many signs of life. Chicago has scored two runs in two games against the Dodgers.
— Carrie Muskat