The Cubs made it official Tuesday afternoon. The team selected the contract of INF Addison Russell from Triple-A Iowa and added him to the 40-man roster. To make room on the active roster, INF/OF Arismendy Alcantara was optioned to Triple-A Iowa.
INF Mike Olt was transferred from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL to make room on the 40-man roster for Addison Russell.
Addison Russell will wear No. 22 for the Chicago Cubs and is in Tuesday’s starting lineup batting ninth and playing second base.
Addison Russell, 21, entered the 2015 season ranked as the third-best prospect in the game by Baseball America and the second-best prospect in the Cubs farm system after being named the top prospect in Oakland’s system heading into both the 2013 and 2014 campaigns. A first round pick in the 2012 Draft (11th overall), Russell was acquired by the Cubs with OF Billy McKinney, RHP Dan Straily and cash from Oakland for RHP Jeff Samardzija and RHP Jason Hammel last July 4. Russell also entered 2015 ranked the second-best prospect by in the game by Baseball Prospectus.
The 6-foot, 200-pound Russell joins the Cubs after batting .301 (289-for-961) with 57 doubles, 20 triples, 38 home runs and 159 RBI in 244 minor league games covering the last four seasons. The right-handed hitter has posted a .377 on-base percentage and a .520 slugging percentage, good for an .897 OPS.
Russell played across three levels in his first pro campaign in 2012, earning All-Star honors for two clubs, and spent most of the 2013 campaign at High-A Stockton as a 19-year-old, recording 29 doubles, 10 triples and 17 homers to become one of only 12 minor leaguers to reach double digits in all three categories.
Russell was named to the U.S. Futures team, earned post-season California League All-Star honors and capped 2013 by playing in the Arizona Fall League, where he was named to the AFL All-Star team.
Last season, Addison Russell combined to bat .295 (76-for-258) with 14 doubles, one triple, 13 home runs and 45 RBI in 68 games between Stockton, Double-A Midland and Double-A Tennessee. He also played 11 games in a return trip to the Arizona Fall League. With Iowa this season, Russell was hitting .318/.326/.477 (14-for-44) with four doubles, one home run and nine RBI in 11 games for a .803 OPS leading to his promotion to the big leagues.
Russell was drafted by Oakland out of Pace High School in Florida, where he batted .460 with 37 homers during his four years. He is a native of Pensacola, Florida.
Arismendy Alcantara, 23, batted .077/.226/.077 (2-for-26) with five runs scored and one RBI in 11 games for the Cubs this season. In 81 games in the majors, Alcantara has hit .194/.252/.342 (59-for-304) with 11 doubles, two triples and 10 home runs for a .594 OPS.
Mike Olt was placed on the 15-day disabled list April 17, retroactive to April 15, with a hairline fracture in his in his right wrist. Olt is expected to be in a cast for at least a month. Once the cast is removed, Olt will begin the process of working his way back to the big leagues. Olt will have to go on a minor league rehab assignment and the extra month should give him more than enough time to rehab the injury.