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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%: 55/26 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Cubs 2B Addison Russell given day off Sunday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2015) Cubs second baseman Addison Russell was not in the lineup for Sunday's game at Atlanta, reports MLB.com.

Russell was replaced at second by Jonathan Herrera, who will bat ninth. Russell is hitting .128 with one double and one RBI in his last 16 games.


Cubs 2B Addison Russell won't start both games of doubleheader


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2015) The Cubs chose to give rookie second baseman Addison Russell a breather during the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Cardinals, opting to go with Jonathan Herrera at second base.

Russell continues to have his issues at the plate. He has opened July mired in a 1-for-17 slump in his first six games. Although, his hitting slump has extended from mid-June, as he is batting .125 in his last 18 games.


Cubs 2B Addison Russell gets day off as offensive woes linger


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2015) Cubs second baseman Addison Russell was held out of the lineup Wednesday against the Mets for the first time since June 7. It was just the fourth time he wasn't in the lineup since his promotion from the minors.

Russell is mired in a 1-for-17 slump in his last five games. He is batting just .154 in his last 12 games, dropping his season average from .259 to .239.


Cubs 2B Addison Russell batting .167 in last 11 games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2015) Cubs second baseman Addison Russell has cooled off offensively since hitting his last home run in a 17-0 win June 17 at Cleveland.

The rookie infielder is batting .167 (6 for 36) with one double, one RBI, three runs, four walks and 15 strikeouts in his last 11 games. Russell's batting average has declined from .259 to .243 in that span.


Cubs 2B Addison Russell belts home run No. 5 on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/17/2015) Cubs second baseman Addison Russell got in on the scoring in Wednesday's 17-0 torching of the Indians. Russell went 2 for 5 with his fifth home run of the season. The home run was a two-run shot in the second inning to put the Cubs up 4-0.

Russell now has an eight-game hitting streak, during which is he batting .345 (10 for 29) with a home run, two doubles and four RBI. 


Addison Russell gets two hits in Cubs' loss


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2015) Cubs second baseman Addison Russell got half of his team's hits in Tuesday's shutout loss to Cleveland. 

Russell went 2 for 3. The pair of singles extended his hitting streak to seven games.

Russell is hitting .333 with .824 OPS over the streak.  


Cubs' Jonathan Herrera replaces Addison Russell at second base again


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2015) Cubs second baseman Jonathan Herrera starts the second straight game on Sunday. Herrera replaces Addison Russell, who had started 10 straight going into the weekend. 

Herrera starts his ninth game at second base and will bat last in the order. 


Cubs move Russell to SS with Castro receiving first breather of season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/6/2015) After playing the first 53 games of the season, Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro received his first day off this season against the Nationals on Saturday. As a result, Addison Russell will get his first career start at shortstop, per the team's official website.

Castro is hitting .220 (9 for 41) with a home run and an RBI over his last 11 games played. With Russell at shortstop, manager Joe Maddon moved Jonathan Herrera to second base. He will bat seventh, while Russell will bat last. Russell is hitting just .158 (3 for 19) with an RBI over his last six games.


Cubs 2B Addison Russell hits fourth home run of the season


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/29/2015) Cubs second baseman Addison Russell launched his fourth home run of the season in Friday's loss to the Royals. Russell also doubled in the game and scored twice, and now has 11 hits in his last 37 at-bats, including two home runs.

Cubs rookie Addison Russell delivers walk-off hit Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Cubs rookie Addison Russell delivered the clutch hit Tuesday against the Nationals, as he lifted Chicago to a 3-2 win with a game-ending RBI double in the ninth inning. Russell lined a 1-0 pitch off Matt Grace beyond center fielder Denard Span's reach for his third hit of the game.

"My whole mindset going into that at-bat is to just keep the same approach, stay calm, see the pitch that you want to swing at and hit it," Russell said, per MLB.com. "Don't try to do too much.

"It was a great feeling. I was really into seeing the ball good tonight and things just happened. I think that tonight was a good night."

Russell is the third-youngest player in the majors. He is not lighting the world on fire offensively, but he has hit safely in 23 of 31 games since his promotion from the minors. He is also having his struggles in the field as he makes the transition from shortstop to second base.

Still, manager Joe Maddon seems to be happy with the rookie's progression.

"It's not easy to fight through that at that age with that lack of experience," Maddon said. "His mental toughness is really incredible how he's fought through all these difficult moments himself. He's not used to failing.

"So understand where a lot of guys at that age are, developmentally. They're not here. They're somewhere else, without the spotlight on them, learning their craft. And he's done it on the fly here and he's doing a great job."


Cubs 2B Addison Russell struggling to make transition from SS


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2015) Cubs rookie second baseman and natural shortstop Addison Russell has been merely mediocre offensively since his arrival, but it's his defense that has been a real problem.

Russell has a league-leading six errors in 29 games, which would translate to 33 over a full season. He understands the transition will take time.

"It's been pretty difficult to learn a new position at the big league level, but it's something I believe I can handle," he told ESPN. "There's going to be points in time at second base where there is a play that's unfamiliar to me."

Russell has tried to simplify the mental aspect of his defense.

"Playing a ground ball in general is playing a ground ball," he said. "It's just a different angle and some different footwork. Other than that, there's different jobs like covering first that I'm getting accustomed to and different cutoff relays. There's new responsbilities with a new position and I'm trying to learn all that."

Russell has been fairly productive at the plate, but he has 42 strikeouts in 108 at-bats, which ranks him among the worst in baseball in making contact.


Cubs' Jonathan Herrera gets start at second base


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Cubs infielder Jonathan Herrera will start at second base on Sunday for the Cubs with Addison Russell getting the day off. He will bat ninth, with starting pitcher Jason Hammel hitting eighth. 

Herrera is slashing .220/.238/.268 for the season. 

The rest of the Cubs' lineup is the same from Saturday. 


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.