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22 Addison Russell 2B
Height/Weight: 6-0/200 | Birthdate: 1/23/1994 | Birthplace: Pensacola, FL | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Chicago | College: None | MLB Experience: 1 | Owned/Started%: 83/54 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Cubs' Addison Russell knocks third home run on Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Cubs second baseman Addison Russell went 2 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 3-0 win over the Padres on Thursday.

For the first time in their major-league careers, rookies Russell and Kris Bryant smacked home runs in the same game, while pitcher Kyle Hendricks did his part by delivering a complete-game shutout to give the Cubs a win. Russell has hit .253/.302/.434 with three home runs, 11 RBI and one stolen base in 99 at-bats.


Cubs 2B Addison Russell brings in go-ahead run on Monday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/12/2015) After going hitless for just third time in his big-league career on Sunday, Cubs second baseman Addison Russell was back in the hit column in Monday' victory over the Mets. Russell snapped a 12-game hitting streak on Sunday, but he had a hit in four at-bats Monday, and he drove in what proved to be the game-winning run in the bottom of the fourth inning.

With just two mult-hit performances during the 12-game streak, however, the young infielder owns a rather pedestrian .250/.282/.426 batting line in the first 18 games of his career. 


Despite hot hitting, rookie Addison Russell to remain in Cubs' nine spot


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/10/2015) Rookie Addison Russell has been on a tear off late, taking a 12-game hitting streak into Sunday's game, but Cubs manager Joe Maddon has no intention of moving the second baseman up from the nine spot in the order, reports MLB.com.

"Here's what you have to understand about him hitting ninth," Maddon said. "He's not going to see any better pitches than he's going to see hitting ninth. Now, I don't want to put him in the one-hole or the two-hole right now. I don't want to lay that on him.

Russell was 14 for 43 (.326 avg.) during his hit streak (which ended Sunday), with two homers, five doubles and six RBI.

The streak was the longest by a Cubs rookie since Mike Fontenot's hit for 12 straight in 2007.

Rookie Addison Russell has longest hit streak by Cubs player in 2015


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2015) Cubs rookie second baseman Addison Russell was able to extend his hitting streak to 10 games with a single Thursday at St. Louis.

He has now hit safely in 10 games, which is the longest streak by a Cubs player this season and longest by a Cubs rookie since Mike Fontenot had a 12-game hitting streak in 2007, per the Chicago Tribune.

Russell is batting .343 (12 for 35) with two home runs, five doubles, six RBI and six runs during the hitting streak. He also has 14 strikeouts and two walks.


Addison Russell doubles twice for Cubs


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Cubs second baseman Addison Russell doubled twice in Tuesday's loss to St. Louis. Russell went 2 for 3, extending his hitting streak to eight games.

Russell scored once and lifted his average to .261 on the season. He now has five doubles on the year.


Cubs 2B Russell launches second home run of career on Monday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/5/2015) Cubs second baseman Addison Russell gave his team a chance to win in the bottom of the ninth on Monday against the Cardinals. With Chicago down 10-8, Russell launched a solo home run, his second of the season, to draw the Cubs to within one run. But they were unable to capitalize further and suffered the 10-9 defeat.

Russell, who also added a single on the evening, has hit safely in all but two games since getting called up on April 21. However, he is batting just .233 with seven RBI. Manager Joe Maddon knows his young stars are bound to take off sooner rather than later. 

"I really believe in our kids and know they'll figure it out," Maddon said, per MLB.com. "The homers are going to come, the homers are there."


Cubs' Anthony Rizzo, Addison Russell survive collision


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) Cubs second baseman Addison Russell and first baseman Anthony Rizzo collided in the second inning of Saturday's game.

The two infielders were chasing a bloop single to short left field and crashed into each other.

"That was full speed," Rizzo said. "Luckily, it was more bodies colliding than heads." 

Both players stayed in the game and contributed to the Cubs' offense in a loss to Milwaukee.

Rizzo went 1 for 3 with a solo home run, his third of the year, to produce the only run of the day for Chicago. Russell singled and went 1 for 3.  


Cubs 2B Addison Russell makes history with Friday homer


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2015) It had been 81 years since the Cubs won a 1-0 game on a player's first career home run. That unusual string ended Friday when second baseman Addison Russell blasted off in the fourth inning against Milwaukee and his team hung on to win.

The feat matched the one Phil Cavarretta achieved in 1934, per the Chicago Tribune.

Russell has hit safely in six of his last seven games.


Addison Russell returns to Cubs' lineup on Friday vs. Brewers


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/1/2015) After receiving the day off on Wednesday, Cubs second baseman Addison Russell was back in the lineup for Friday's game, batting ninth against the Brewers.

Russell has been scuffiling at the plate since his call-up on April 21, though he is riding a modest three-game hitting streak entering play Friday. 

Jonathan Herrera, who started at second for the Cubs on Wednesday, returned to a reserve role for manager Joe Maddon on Friday. 


Cubs rookie Addison Russell gets first day off since promotion


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Cubs rookie second baseman Addison Russell received his first day off Wednesday against the Pirates since being promoted to the majors April 21. Jonathan Herrera started at second base for Chicago.

Russell has recorded a hit in five of seven games. However, he has no multihit games and is batting just .179 (5 for 28). He has three doubles, five RBI and 14 strikeouts.


Cubs' Addison Russell singles, scores run in Wrigley debut


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Cubs rookie second baseman Addison Russell made his debut at Wrigley Field Monday, going 1 for 3 with a single and a run scored in his team's 4-0 win over the Pirates.

"It's great to have them here to watch me play on the big stage," Russell said of his parents, Wayne and Milany Russell, per MLB.com. "It's kind of humbling to remember where you came from. It's kind of like a warm feeling. They helped me get to this point. I'm glad they're here."

Manger Joe Maddon cautioned the need to be patient with Russell, who played just 14 games at Triple-A and was working on his footwork with infield coach Gary Jones before the game then committed a fielding error Monday night.

"You've got to put your scout's cap on and visualize what this could look like," Maddon said. "Once he can really exhale and just catch his breath, he'll start hitting the baseball."

Russell is just 4 for 25 with two doubles, four RBI and 13 strikeouts in six games.


Cubs' Addison Russell delivers three-run double vs. Reds


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Cubs second baseman Addison Russell went 1 for 4 with a three-run double in his team's 5-2 win over the Reds Sunday.

Russell bases-clearing double extended his team's lead to 5-0 in the fourth inning and provided the margin of victory for the Cubs.

"It’s just a stepping stone," Russell said of his hit after the game, per MLB.com. "I need to capitalize on that and bring it to the next game."

The double was the second in three games for Russell, who has hit just .136/.136/.227 with 12 strikeouts in 22 at-bats.

"He’s going to keep coming on offensively," Maddon said. "Defensively, he’ll get more used to playing where he’s supposed to be [at second] and that’s when you’ll see even better play at second base."


Cubs' Maddon pleased with Addison Russell's plate approach


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Cubs manager Joe Maddon is pleased with the approach of rookie second baseman Addison Russell at the plate, MLB.com reports.

"I think, in general, we're seeing a lot of pitches," Maddon said. "That's not a bad thing. Every hitter goes up there and we're just not up there hacking, we're working mindful at-bats and that's fun to watch."

Maddon indicated that Russell, who is just 3 for 18 with 10 strikeouts and no walks, is still getting his feet on the ground.


Cubs' Joe Maddon not concerned with Addison Russell's slow start


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) Cubs manager Joe Maddon knows rookie Addison Russell is still trying to find his way at the plate in the big leagues. Which is why the skipper is not too worried about Russell's 2 for 18 start with 10 strikeouts, according to the Chicago Tribune.

"It's not just about hits, folks," said Maddon. "If anybody wants to make it just about hits, fine. But if you want to play that game, you're going to lose a lot. You've got to catch it. He's a very good baserunner and runs well. He does a lot of things to help us win games."


Cubs rookie Addison Russell singles for first hit in majors


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) Cubs rookie infielder Addison Russell connected for his first major-league hit Wednesday against the Pirates. He singled to center with one out in the third inning.

"Today, I was a little bit more relaxed and I just stayed with my approach and it worked out for me that first at-bat," Russell said, per MLB.com. "It feels really good to get that first one out of the way. We'll just have to see where we go from here."

Russell is only 1 for 9 with four strikeouts in his first two games. Fellow rookie Kris Bryant went 0 for 5 with three strikeouts in his MLB debut last week, but he has since hit safely in five straight games and is batting .409. Russell is hoping to follow a similar path.

"I think it's a good stepping stone for the future," Russell said. "I can build off this and see where it takes me."


Cubs SS Addison Russell Ks three times in MLB debut


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Cubs shortstop Addison Russell, who was called up from Triple-A earlier in the day, had an uneventful major-league debut during Tuesday's 9-8 victory over the Pirates.

Russell, considered a top-5 prospect by Baseball America (No. 3) and MLB.com (No. 5), struck out swinging in the fourth, sixth and eighth innings, respectively and finished 0 for 5 in his first big-league game.

After the game, Russell expressed his desire to get his first career hit.

"I just want to get that first hit out of the way," Russell said, per ESPN. "It was just my first day. I'm excited to see what tomorrow brings."


Cubs prospect Addison Russell starts at 2B, bats ninth in debut


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) The Cubs promoted prospect Addison Russell from Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday. Russell is considered a top-5 prospect by Baseball America (No. 3) and MLB.com (No. 5).

The Cubs wasted no time getting Russell into the lineup, starting him at second base and batting him ninth against the Pirates.

The 2012 first-round pick (11th overall) hit .318 (14 for 44) with one home run, four doubles and nine RBI in 11 games for Iowa. He has a .301/.377/.520/.897 slash line in 244 minor-league games.

Russell has primarily played shortstop in his pro career, but he recently began playing at second base for Iowa and is expected to see most of his playing time at second for the Cubs.


Cubs promote infielder Addison Russell


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) 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.