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Bryant, Russell, Schwarber among Cubs' non-roster invites
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
|(2/6/15) The Cubs announced Friday they handed out spring invites to 19 non-roster players, which includes some of their top prospects. Among the top prospects invited to spring training are Kris Bryant , Albert Almora, Addison Russell and Kyle Schwarber.
The remaining invites are Mike Baxter, Adron Chambers, Jonathan Herrera, Chris Valaika, Logan Watkins, Taylor Teagarden, Daniel Bard, Corey Black, Francisley Bueno, Anthony Carter, Hunter Cervenka, Jorge De Leon, Pierce Johnson, Armando Rivero and Donn Roach.
Twins' Byron Buxton named No. 1 prospect by MLB.com
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
|(1/31/15) Twins outfielder Byron Buxton was named the top prospect in baseball by MLB.com Friday.
Buxton played just 31 games in 2014 due to wrist and concussion issues and finished with a .240/.313/.405 line along with four home runs, 16 RBI and six stolen bases in 121 at-bats with high Class A Fort Myers. He also went 0 for 3 at the Double-A level. Buxton is making his second straight appearance atop MLB.com's top prospect list.
The rest of MLB.com's top-five prospects (in order) are Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant, Astros shotstop Carlos Correa, Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor and Cubs shortstop Addison Russell. None of the quartet appeared in the top five of last year's MLB.com prospect list, though all four cracked the top 12.
Cubs prospect Addison Russell to play at multiple positions this spring
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
|(9/30/14) With shortstop prospect Addison Russell getting closer to the majors, Cubs president Theo Epstein said Tuesday the team has no plans to move Starlin Castro off shortstop, according to ESPN.
Epstein added Russell, who is considered one of the top prospects in baseball, is expected to play at multiple positions during spring training.
Cubs, A's complete mega-deal
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
|(7/5/14) The Cubs and Athletics have completed a mega-deal which will send pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to Oakland for shortstop Addison Russell .
The two sides reached a deal Friday night, but waited to officially announce the move Saturday. Samardzija and Hammel will slot into the team's rotation, though it's unclear how soon they'll make their first start with their new club.
Russell joins the Cubs' solid collection of prospects. Chicago will also receive outfield prospect Billy McKinney, pitcher Dan Straily and a player to be named later. Of the bunch, only Straily is expected to play a role with the major-league club this season.
Report: A's, Cubs complete blockbuster deal
|by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com|
|(7/4/14) According to a report from FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Athletics have acquired pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Cubs for shortstop prospect Addison Russell.
According to ESPN's Keith Law, the Cubs will receive outfielder Billy McKinney, pitcher Dan Straily and a player to be named later.
Hammel tossed a quality start in a win over Nationals Friday and Samardzija was scheduled to pitch Sunday for the Cubs before the deal. Samardzija is 2-7 with a 2.83 ERA over 17 starts (108 innings). Hammel is 8-5 with a 2.98 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP over 17 starts (108 2/3 innings).
|2014 summary: It was an eventful year for Addison Russell, who began the season at Double-A Midland, where he promptly tore his hamstring. He rehabbed his injury, moved down to Class A, back up to Double-A, and then was traded by the Athletics to the Cubs in July. After all the tumult, Russell produced a solid half-season for the Cubs' Double-A affiliate at Tennessee, batting .294 with 12 home runs and 36 RBI in 50 games.|
Playing time status: The Cubs' acquisition of Russell was a curious one, given that they have already locked up Starlin Castro as their shortstop through 2019, and they have two other young stars -- Javier Baez and Arismendy Alcantara -- who can play the position. Maybe Russell will get flipped in another deal, or maybe he will learn a new position. Either way, he could make his debut sometime this season.
2015 outlook: It seems unlikely that Russell would win a job out of spring training, but with a hot start in the minors, he could be up early in the year. Though Russell stole only six bases last season, with a healthier hamstring he could make a dent in that category, and he should provide decent pop for a shortstop as well. That makes him worth a late-round gamble in standard mixed leagues.
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