Cubs: Could Addison Russell be playing at Wrigley next year?

Cubs: Could Addison Russell be playing at Wrigley next year?
July 7, 2014, 8:00 pm
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CSN Staff

Cubs fans have played the waiting game for a while with their prized prospects.

Whether it's Kris Bryant or Javier Baez, the fanbase keeps hearing the youngsters will be up when they're ready.

But could the latest addition to the farm system, Addison Russell, be the first prospect up to the big leagues?

[MORE: New prospect rankings of Bryant, Baez and Russell]

Russell's former Double-A coach from the Oakland Athletics minor league system, Aaron Nieckula, joined Kap and Haugh on 87.7 The Game to discuss the stud prospect, and Nieckula believes the shortstop could be playing at Wrigley in 2015.

"If I had to give my humble opinion on his timetable and his arrival to the big leagues, with the talent that he has and the skillset that he brings to the field on a daily basis, I'd say next year is realistic," Nieckula said. "He's a special player. He's a frontline kind of player. I think next year would be a realistic timetable. I wouldn't say at the beginning of the year, but at some time during the course of the year he gets a chance to go up there and play."

But if the Cubs keep current shortstop Starlin Castro, is Russell able to move to another position in the infield?

"I don't think he'd have any issues moving to second base or, if he puts on a lot of size, he can move over to third and play that position just as well," he said. "He's got a good enough arm to carry it across the diamond so I think third base could be in his future."

Check out the video above to see who Nieckula's major league comparison to Russell is.