When the Chicago Cubs traded Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the Oakland Athletics on July 5th they received three prospects in return; Addison Russell, Dan Straily and Billy McKinney. Entering the 2014 season Russell and McKinney, both former first round draft picks, were the A’s top two prospects and Russell was the 11th overall prospect in all of baseball and Straily was coming off a solid rookie campaign in which he won 10 games. However, since being traded to the Cubs organization both Russell and Straily have struggled. Here’s how each prospect has done since the trade:
(stats are per baseball-reference.com)
Most Cubs’ fans would have liked to see all three come out of the gates on fire but slumps and down periods are part of the game. In addition, both Russell and McKinney are still very young (20 and 19 years old) and have a long road ahead of them until they will be considered for a big league roster spot (McKinney’s performance has been impressive though). At this point, the only struggles that should be concerning are those of Dan Straily, who is now 25, because his big league window is now and because the Cubs are looking for starting pitching. It’s far too early to close the book on Straily, but if there were ever a time to win a spot in the rotation, now is the time.
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