Cubs prospect Addison Russell hit his first major league home run on Friday


If you had Addison Russell hitting his first major league home run before Kris Bryant, please come forward to collect your prize. The 21-year-old second baseman, currently manning second base for the Cubs, sent a Wily Peralta offering into the left field bleachers at Wrigley Field in the third inning on Friday afternoon. It turned out to be the winning run as the Cubs won 1-0.

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In his first 29 plate appearances entering Friday’s action, Russell had compiled a measly .493 OPS with three doubles and five RBI. Russell entered the season as a consensus top-five prospect in baseball, earning #5 from, #3 from Baseball America, and #2 from Baseball Prospectus.

Bryant, meanwhile, hasn’t homered yet but is hitting .318/.455/.409 in 55 plate appearances. Bryant, heading into the season, was ranked the #5 overall prospect by Baseball Prospectus, #2 by, and #1 by Baseball America. The youth  movement certainly seems to have arrived in the North Side of Chicago.