(CBS) – Another top Cubs prospect is heading to the big leagues.
Infielder Addison Russell, 21, is being called up to Chicago from Triple-A Iowa, CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman reported late Monday night. Russell would join Kris Bryant as another big-name addition, as Bryant came up last Friday to great fanfare.READ MORE: Chicago Police Officer Shot In Shopping Center Parking Lot At North And Sheffield Avenues
Russell has come up through the minor leagues as a shortstop, though he’s been playing second base lately with the Iowa Cubs to give the organization options in the future, as Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said Tuesday. The Cubs have a need at second base, as they’ve used a platoon of players there so far. Jonathan Herrera is batting just .192, while Arismendy Alcantara has struggled even more in hitting .077.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Pleasant Parade Weather Tuesday
Tabbed the No. 2 prospect in in the minors by Baseball America recently, Russell had hit .297 with one homer and seven RBIs in his first nine games at Triple-A this season, along with a .740 OPS.
Russell was originally the 11th overall pick by Oakland in the 2012 amateur draft. The Cubs acquired him as part of a July 4 trade last summer that sent Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the Athletics.MORE NEWS: More Than A Third Of CPD Staff Missed Vaccine Reporting Deadline; City Could Begin Placing Employees On 'No Pay' Status Today
Russell hit .295 with 13 homers, 45 RBIs and an .858 OPS in the minor leagues last season. He batted .324 with one homer, six RBIs and an .845 OPS in 12 Cactus League games this spring.