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75 Addison Russell SS
Height/Weight: 6-0/200 | Birthdate: 1/23/1994 | Birthplace: Pensacola, FL | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Chicago | College: None | MLB Experience: Rookie | Owned/Started%: 53/4 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Cubs promote infielder Addison Russell


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12:09 am ET) The Cubs are calling up shortstop Addison Russell , sources told CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Russell was recently moved to second base at Triple-A to help provide the Cubs with more infield depth at second. He is batting .314 with one home run and seven RBI at Triple-A.

The team is expected to demote Arismendy Alcantara, who is batting .077, reports MLB.com.


Cubs prospect Addison Russell's call up this season inevitable


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/20/2015) The question is no longer "if" Cubs prospect Addison Russell will be called up this year but "when," according to ESPN.com.

Russell was moved from shortstop to second base at Triple-A Iowa this season and with the big club lacking production from that position (collective .135 batting average heading into Monday), manager Joe Maddon said the organization is preparing him for the promotion.

"You never know where the need is going to be on the major league level," Maddon said. "[We’re] being a little bit more pro-active regarding prepping him for a need that might be open here."

Cubs giving Addison Russell work at second in minors


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Top Cubs prospect Addison Russell is being played at second base at Triple-A Iowa. With Starlin Castro entrenched at shortstop in Chicago, the move will give Russell a chance to advance to the Major Leagues sooner. 

Iowa manager Marty Pevey said, "He'll play second until I'm told for him not to play second," per the Des Moines Register.


Cubs' Addison Russell collects three hits in first game at 2B


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) Cubs infield prospect Addison Russell went 3 for 4 with a double, two runs scored and three RBI in Triple-A Iowa's 10-7 win over New Orleans.

In a game that will likely go down as third-base prospect Kris Bryant's last in the minors in a long time, Russell manned second base for the first time in 224 career minor-league games. If he takes to the position, it's easy to envision him up with the Cubs at some point this season, provided he can keep hitting. He owns a .355 average along with one home run in 31 at-bats.


Cubs option Javier Baez, reassign Kris Bryant, Addison Russell


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) The Cubs cut three of their key young players from major-league camp Monday, optioning infielder Javier Baez to Triple-A Iowa and reassigning third baseman Kris Bryant and shortstop Addison Russell to minor-league camp.

“I have a feeling they’ll be back at the right time and help us win a lot of games over the next many years," Cubs president Theo Epstein said, per CSNChicago.com.

Baez was initially expected to open the season as the team's starting second baseman after racking up 213 at-bats in his rookie season in 2014. He hit just .169/.227/.324 with nine home runs, 20 RBI and five stolen bases last season but also struck out 95 times. Baez struggled to make an impact at the plate this spring, collecting just nine hits in 52 at-bats while striking out 20 times.

"He’s so close to getting it figured out in the batter’s box. But we just feel like Triple-A is the right forum for him," Epstein said. "We all agree that Javy is an extremely talented player, who’s going to be a big part of this organization for a long time."

Bryant has been one of the best hitters in either spring-training league in 2015, going 17 for 40 with nine home runs and 15 RBI. He is expected to make his major-league debut during 2015. Russell, the biggest name from the trade that sent Jeff Samardzija to Oakland last season, hit .324/.359/.486 with one home run in 37 spring at-bats.

"We’re more likely to get (Bryant) sooner than later at this point with how he’s playing and how close he showed (he is to majors)," Epstein said. "He’s really close to being not just in the big leagues, but to playing an important role on the team."

With Baez and Bryant out of the picture, the Cubs will likely choose between Arismendy Alcantara, Mike Olt and Tommy La Stella for playing time at second base and third base.


Bryant, Russell, Schwarber among Cubs' non-roster invites


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/6/2015) The Cubs announced Friday they handed out spring invites to 19 non-roster players, which includes some of their top prospects. Among the top prospects invited to spring training are Kris Bryant , Albert Almora, Addison Russell and Kyle Schwarber.

The remaining invites are Mike Baxter, Adron Chambers, Jonathan Herrera, Chris Valaika, Logan Watkins, Taylor Teagarden, Daniel Bard, Corey Black, Francisley Bueno, Anthony Carter, Hunter Cervenka, Jorge De Leon, Pierce Johnson, Armando Rivero and Donn Roach.


Twins' Byron Buxton named No. 1 prospect by MLB.com


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/31/2015) Twins outfielder Byron Buxton was named the top prospect in baseball by MLB.com Friday.

Buxton played just 31 games in 2014 due to wrist and concussion issues and finished with a .240/.313/.405 line along with four home runs, 16 RBI and six stolen bases in 121 at-bats with high Class A Fort Myers. He also went 0 for 3 at the Double-A level. Buxton is making his second straight appearance atop MLB.com's top prospect list.

The rest of MLB.com's top-five prospects (in order) are Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant, Astros shotstop Carlos Correa, Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor and Cubs shortstop Addison Russell. None of the quartet appeared in the top five of last year's MLB.com prospect list, though all four cracked the top 12.


Cubs prospect Addison Russell to play at multiple positions this spring


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) With shortstop prospect Addison Russell getting closer to the majors, Cubs president Theo Epstein said Tuesday the team has no plans to move Starlin Castro off shortstop, according to ESPN.

Epstein added Russell, who is considered one of the top prospects in baseball, is expected to play at multiple positions during spring training.


Cubs, A's complete mega-deal


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2014) The Cubs and Athletics have completed a mega-deal which will send pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to Oakland for shortstop Addison Russell .

The two sides reached a deal Friday night, but waited to officially announce the move Saturday. Samardzija and Hammel will slot into the team's rotation, though it's unclear how soon they'll make their first start with their new club.

Russell joins the Cubs' solid collection of prospects. Chicago will also receive outfield prospect Billy McKinney, pitcher Dan Straily and a player to be named later. Of the bunch, only Straily is expected to play a role with the major-league club this season.  


Report: A's, Cubs complete blockbuster deal


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2014) According to a report from FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Athletics have acquired pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Cubs for shortstop prospect Addison Russell

According to ESPN's Keith Law, the Cubs will receive outfielder Billy McKinney, pitcher Dan Straily and a player to be named later.

Hammel tossed a quality start in a win over Nationals Friday and Samardzija was scheduled to pitch Sunday for the Cubs before the deal. Samardzija is 2-7 with a 2.83 ERA over 17 starts (108 innings). Hammel is 8-5 with a 2.98 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP over 17 starts (108 2/3 innings).


Addison Russell making good progress in rehab


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(6/16/2014) Athletics top prospect Addison Russell will move from Class A Stockton to Double-A Midland on Monday as he continues his rehab from a torn right hamstring, reports CSNBayArea.com. The 20-year-old shortstop went 3 for 16 with an RBI and a stolen base with Stockton.

Russell suffered the injury April 4 while playing for Midland.


Addison Russell begins extended spring work


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2014) Athletics top prospect Addison Russell was able to get through some game action Wednesday, as he continues to work his way back from a torn hamstring.

Russell, who has been out since early April, played four innings in an extended spring training game Wednesday. He had two at-bats and played in the field before being removed from the game, as he is slowly worked back in. 


Addison Russell out one month with torn hamstring


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2014) Athletics shortstop prospect Addison Russell will be out of action for at least a month due to a torn right hamstring, Yahoo! Sports reports.

The team will understandably take things slowly with the recovery of the highly-rated prospect. Russell is 5 for 7 with one home run in two games with Double-A Midland.


Addison Russell sent to minor-league camp


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2014) Athletics shortstop Addison Russell has been sent to minor-league camp Sunday, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Russell would have remained in camp through most of spring training, but a hamstring injury prevented him from seeing playing time. Manager Bob Melvin said he was impressed with Russell when he was able to practice. Russell will likely be up at some point this year.


Addison Russell about 75 percent


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2014) Athletics shortstop Addison Russell is about 75 percent in his recovery from a hamstring strain, according to the San Francisco Chronicle

Russell has been able to run and hit at this point in his recovery, though. He's expected to open the year in the minors, but could see some time with the big-league club during the year. Russell is considered one of the top prospects in the game.


Addison Russell expected to be out a week


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2014) Athletics shortstop prospect Addison Russell is expected to be out a week after suffering a right hamstring strain Monday, per the San Francisco Chronicle. Russell isn't expected to make the opening day roster, so he might not get much more playing time before spring training ends.

Addison Russell suffers hamstring strain Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2014) Athletics infielder Addison Russell suffered a strained hamstring in Monday's 8-8 tie with the Dodgers, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Russell came on as a pinch-runner in the sixth inning and went 1 for 2 while scoring two runs before exiting with the injury. The top prospect is 7 for 25 with three RBI in 12 games this spring.


Addison Russell ticketed for minors


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2014) Athletics shortstop prospect Addison Russell will likely begin the season in the minors, according to the San Francisco Chronicle

The 20-year-old saw some time in Triple-A last season, but likely needs some seasoning in the minors. He's considered one of the best prospects in the game. Manager Bob Melvin said that unless there are a ton of injuries, Russell will likely be sent down to start the year.


A's anticipate Addison Russell moving quickly through minors


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/27/2014) Athletics shortstop prospect Addison Russell has been a top performer since turning pro. The 2012 first-round pick (11th overall) is batting .302 with a .389 on-base percentage, .528 slugging percentage and .918 OPS in 165 minor-league games.

The A's have certainly taken notice and feel the 20-year-old infielder might move quickly through the team's farm system.

"He's a smart kid, and we feel like he'll be at the big leagues at an early age," Oakland manager Bob Melvin told MLB Network Radio Monday. "This is our crowned jewel at this point."


Addison Russell clubs first home run in AFL


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/22/2013) Athletics shortstop prospect Addison Russell hit his first home run in the Arizona Fall League Monday.

Russell went 2 for 5, with a home run. Russell hit .269/.369/.495 over two levels this season. He finished the season in Triple-A.


Addison Russell elevated to Triple-A


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2013) The Athletics promoted infield prospect Addison Russell to Triple-A Sacramento Saturday, reports the play-by-play announcer for Class A Stockton.

The 19-year-old entered the season as the No. 48-ranked prospect in baseball, according to MLB.com.

Russell spent all year with Stockton at Class A. He hit .275 with 17 homers and 60 RBI over 429 at-bats.


Addison Russell reverses course at Class A


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/18/2013) Athletics shortstop prospect Addison Russell has a double in four of his last five games for Class A Stockton. He has 26 doubles through 78 games.

Russell has turned his season around after a slow start. After batting .224 in April and .208 in May, Russell hit .333 in June and is batting .302 through 13 July games. 

Russell is hitting .262 with a .477 slugging percentage and .817 OPS. He has eight triples, nine home runs, 40 RBI, 55 runs and 12 stolen bases.


Addison Russell playing in Futures Game


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2013) Athletics No. 1 overall prospect Addison Russell has been named to the United States squad for the upcoming Futures Game, MLB.com reports Wednesday. 

Russell is batting .259 for Class A Stockton with nine homers and seven triples over 247 at-bats. That said, he's struck out 71 times compared to drawing 28 walks. 


Athletics' top prospect having rough start


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2013) Athletics shortstop prospect Addison Russell is off to a brutal start at Class A Stockton. The 2012 first-round pick is batting a disappointing .192 (14 for 73) through 19 games.

Russell, who is considered the A's top prospect by MLB.com, has one home run, one triple, four doubles, five RBI and 11 runs. He's also walked 17 times and has three stolen bases.


Russell blazing path to majors


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/10/2013) Not many prospects find themselves in major-league camp less than a year after being drafted. It's even more impressive when your a high-school draftee and are just 19 years old, but that's the scenario 2012 first-round pick Addison Russell encounters as he enters his first spring training with the A's. "A lot of things can go a little wrong and all of a sudden they don't look good, they don't play well," A's special advisor Grady Fuson told MLB.com. "They're nervous, sometimes you get a little bad rap. But in this kid's case, let's face it. This kid played for three months and hit three different levels of baseball and not one part of the game really stopped him much, and instructional league was another case of just kind of walking through that whole camp -- practicing well, performing well. He possibly could be a player on the quick come and he's polished enough and poised enough to go through a big league camp and handle it, get exposed to some other people in the organization that haven't been around."