Until the Chicago Cubs officially set their roster, the talk will continue to be about Kris Bryant. If Bryant is sent down, will he return to third base, or continue to work in the outfield? Cubs’ skipper Joe Maddon has said he would like to see the young phenom continue to get work at both–which is no surprise considering his love for versatility. The decision looms on Bryant’s fate, but I would hold your breath he starts in Chicago.
Addison Russell may be moving off the “hyped prospect” list to near Major League ready. The young shortstop (for now) has shown maturity beyond his years, and his bat appears to be right on par with his glove. With Russell on the horizon, right behind Bryant? The Cubs’ infield could get interesting very soon.
Another Russell is in the news–for Cubs’ reliever James Russell. The Atlanta Braves released the lefty on Sunday, and owe him near $606,000. He pitched well for the Braves following the trade from Chicago, but this spring has been a different story. In 7 2/3 innings, he’s posted a 10.57 ERA. The Cubs drafted Russell in the 14th round of the 2007 amateur free agent draft.
These stories and more from around the league:
‘Cubs’ Bryant to play OF and 3B at Iowa?’ – Cubbies Crib
‘Addison Russell’s not just hype–he’s for real’ – Cubbies Crib
‘Former Cubs’ lefty Russell released by Braves’ – Cubbies Crib
‘Garcia setback clouds Cardinals rotation’ – Redbird Rants