James Russell-S-Cubs May. 3 - 3:21 am et
James Russell made his Double-A debut on Friday and allowed one run in six innings for Tennessee.
Russell nearly matched Clayton Kershaw, who allowed an unearned run in 6 2/3 innings for Jacksonville. The son of former closer Jeff, Russell was a 14th-round pick last year, though he got third-round money to sign. He was 1-1 with a 2.30 ERA, 25 H and 14/7 K/BB ratio in 27 1/3 IP for Single-A Daytona before moving up. His excellent changeup gives him something he can use to combat right-handers, so he's a solid prospect even if he doesn't get many strikeouts.