The Chicago Cubs are slowly ending their reign of prospect terror.
Shortly after delaying third baseman Kris Bryant’s entrance into the major leagues to keep him from becoming a free agent until 2021, the organization is calling up infielder Addison Russell. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports broke the news:
cubs now calling up addison russell to the majors. http://t.co/HJ0kD3hzIZ
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) April 21, 2015
Though Russell is a shortstop, he’ll likely replace Airsmendy Alcantara and Jonathan Herrera at second base while Tommy La Stella is on the disabled list due to a rib injury. Russell batted .318 with four doubles, one home run and nine RBI in 11 games with the Triple-A Iowa Cubs.
Chicago acquired Russell when they sent All-Star pitcher Jeff Samardzija to the Oakland Athletics in July 2014. Baseball America ranks Russell as the No. 3 prospect.
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