7/26/2014 1:09 A.M. ET
Cubs prospect Russell jacks two home runs
Shortstop was recently acquired from A's in deal for Samardzija, Hammel
By Teddy Cahill / MLB.com
Shortstop Addison Russell, the Cubs' No. 3 prospect, homered in his first two plate appearances Friday, but it wasn't enough as Double-A Tennessee was edged by Mississippi, 9-8.
Both of Russell's home runs came off Braves starter Mitch Atkins. His first was a three-run shot in the first inning. The second was a solo shot in the second inning. He drove both home runs well beyond the left-field wall in Smokies Park.
Russell, ranked No. 11 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, finished the night 2-for-5 with two runs and four RBIs.
After hitting two home runs in his first 28 games this season, Russell has hit two homers in a game twice this week. He also homered twice Sunday in a victory at Huntsville.
Russell is hitting .250/.297/.517 with five home runs in 16 games since the Cubs acquired him from the A's in the deal that sent Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to Oakland earlier this month.
Center fielder Albert Almora, the Cubs' No. 4 prospect and No. 14 in the Top 100, went 1-for-5 with a run Friday in his second game since being promoted to Tennessee. Third baseman Christian Villanueva, the Cubs' No. 13 prospect, added three hits.