PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania – Infielder Addison Russell has been called up from Triple-A to the major leagues.
Russell, one of the top prospects in the minor leagues, will play second base for the Cubs starting Tuesday night, according to reports.
Cubs manager Joe Maddon also said Tuesday on his weekly CBS Radio show that the 21-year-old will bat ninth in Tuesday’s game against the Pirates.
Russell enjoyed a strong start to the season for the Iowa Cubs, hitting .314 with one home run and seven RBI in nine games.
The 11th overall pick by the Oakland Athletics in the 2012 MLB draft was acquired by Chicago last July for pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel.
Russell joins Kris Bryant as the second player the organization has called up from their Triple-A affiliate in the past week.
In order to make room for Russell on the roster, second baseman Arismendy Alcántara is being optioned to Triple-A Iowa.
CBSSports.com was first to report the Russell promotion.