Kris Bryant welcomes in new top prospect Addison Russell

Kris Bryant welcomes in new top prospect Addison Russell
July 5, 2014, 12:00 am
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From one top prospect to another, welcome to the Cubs.

That's what went down Friday night. Shortly after the Cubs pulled off a blockbuster trade that sent Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to Oakland, Kris Bryant welcomed the centerpiece of the Cubs' return package, Addison Russell, to the organization via Twitter.

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And, Russell excitedly returned the greeting.

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Bryant was rated the No. 8 prospect in baseball before the season by Baseball America. Fellow Cubs up-and-comer Javier Baez rated No. 5. Russell was the A's top prospect and the No. 14 farmhand in the game. They're now all a part of the Cubs organization following Friday's trade, which also netted the Cubs Billy McKinney, Oakland's No. 2 prospect, and pitcher Dan Straily.

Bryant and Baez are currently teammates at Triple-A Iowa. It's unknown where Russell will end up, but he's been playing with the A's Double-A affiliate in Midland. Russell has played just 18 minor league games this season between Class-A Stockton and Midland.