Cubs promote Russell; Alcantara optioned to Triple-A

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(Photo by Stephen Green)

The Cubs selected the contract of infielder Addison Russell from Triple-A Iowa and optioned infielder/outfielder Arismendy Alcantara to Triple-A on Tuesday. To make room for Russell on the 40-man roster, infielder Mike Olt was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

Russell, who will wear uniform No. 22, will be available for the Cubs tonight in Pittsburgh. The 21-year-old was hitting .318/.326/.477 (AVG/OBP/SLG) with one home run and nine RBI in 46 plate appearances at Triple-A Iowa this season.

He entered 2015 ranked as the third-best prospect in the game by Baseball America and the second-best prospect in the Cubs farm system. He was also 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 along with outfielder Billy McKinney and right-hander Dan Straily from Oakland for right-handers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel last July 5. Russell also entered 2015 ranked as 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. He 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 postseason 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, 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.

Alcantara, 23, is hitting .077 (2-for-26) with five runs scored and one RBI in 11 games for the Cubs this season.

Olt, 26, continues his recovery from a hairline fracture in his right wrist.

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