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James Russell

29-Year-Old Pitcher – Chicago Cubs

2015 Stats

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0-2

ERA

5.29

WHIP

1.50

K

20

SV

1

2015 Preseason Projections

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2015 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

A trade for Russell and Emilio Bonifacio proved far too little, too late for the Braves in the standings, but Russell more than held his own after coming over from Chicago at the deadline, posting a 2...

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2015 ADP:  633.13

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LEAGUE: AAA    40 MAN: NO   BATS: L   THROWS: L   HT: 6' 4"   WT: 200   DOB: 1/8/1986   BORN: Cincinnati, OH   COLLEGE: Navarro (TX) JC   DRAFTED: 14th Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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James Russell Contract Information:

Agreed to a minor league contract with the Cubs in April of 2015.

September 1, 2015  –  James Russell News

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James Russell Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS SH IP H ER HR K BB W L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
2008 22 A DAY 8 8 0 41.0 36 16 4 24 13 2 2 0 3.51 1.20
2008 22 AA TEN 18 17 0 86.3 111 61 18 62 25 4 8 0 6.36 1.58
2009 23 AA TEN 10 4 0 32.3 37 18 4 24 8 2 2 0 5.01 1.39
2009 23 AAA IOW 26 7 0 65.7 71 25 6 46 19 3 3 0 3.43 1.37
2010 24 AAA IOW 5 0 0 11.0 11 7 5 10 4 0 0 0 0 0 5.73 1.36
2010 24 MAJ CHC 57 0 0 49.0 55 27 11 42 11 1 1 0 2 6 4.96 1.35
2011 25 MAJ CHC 64 5 0 67.7 76 31 12 43 14 1 6 0 2 6 4.12 1.33
2012 26 MAJ CHC 77 0 0 69.3 67 25 5 55 23 7 1 2 3 13 3.25 1.30
2013 27 MAJ CHC 74 0 0 52.7 46 21 7 37 18 1 6 0 8 19 3.59 1.22
2014 28 MAJ CHC 44 0 0 33.3 24 13 3 26 16 0 2 1 2 5 3.51 1.20
2014 28 MAJ ATL 22 1 0 24.3 21 6 0 16 4 0 0 0 0 1 2.22 1.03
2014  (Multiple Teams) 28 MAJ CHC/ATL 66 1 0 57.7 45 19 3 42 20 0 2 1 2 6 2.97 1.13
2015 29 AAA IOW 7 0 0 9.2 4 0 0 12 0 2 0 3 0 0 0.00 0.43
2015 29 MAJ CHC 49 0 0 34.0 42 20 3 20 9 0 2 1 2 8 5.29 1.50
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3-Year Averages     72 0 0 59.9 52 21 5 44 20 2 3 1 4 12 3.16 1.20
Career  (View All)     387 6 0 330.3 331 143 41 239 95 10 18 4 3.90 1.29

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James Russell Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
# of Days To Display:    Show 14Show 14    Show 30Show 30    Show 60Show 60
DATE OPP IP H R ER HR BB K HBP WP CG W-L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
Aug. 31 Cin 0.3 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 5.29 1.50
Aug. 29 @LAD 0.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 5.35 1.46
Aug. 27 @SF 1.0 3 4 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 5.40 1.47
Aug. 23 Atl 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 4.45 1.36
Aug. 19 Det 1.7 6 5 5 1 0 2 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 4.60 1.40
Aug. 18 Det 1.0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 3.34 1.28
Aug. 16 @CWS 0.7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 3.14 1.29
Aug. 11 Mil 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 3.21 1.29
Aug. 8 SF 0.3 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 3.33 1.30
Aug. 5 @Pit 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 2.70 1.24
Aug. 2 @Mil 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 2.81 1.29
Jul. 28 Col 0.7 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 2.92 1.34
Jul. 25 Phi 1.0 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 3.00 1.38
Jul. 24 Phi 0.3 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 2.35 1.26
Jul. 21 @Cin 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 1.99 1.24
Jul. 19 @Atl 0.7 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 2.08 1.29
Jul. 7 StL 0.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 1 0 1.71 1.29
Jul. 7 StL 0.3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 1.74 1.31
Jul. 4 Mia 0.3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 1.77 1.33
Jul. 3 Mia 0.7 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 1.80 1.30
Jul. 1 @NYM 0.7 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 1.86 1.29
Jun. 28 @StL 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 1.93 1.29
Last 14 Days
5 Games:  Avg. 0.9 IP/G
4.3 11 12 9 2 2 3 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 18.69 3.00
Last 30 Days
11 Games:  Avg. 0.8 IP/G
9.3 16 15 12 2 2 4 0 0 0 0-0 1 0 1 11.57 1.93
Last 60 Days
22 Games:  Avg. 0.7 IP/G
16.3 25 19 16 2 3 11 0 0 0 0-1 1 1 3 8.82 1.71

James Russell Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
20157011518410.281
201410019925413.284
201312226621622.183

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
2015739422903.324
2014138231120200.165
201392111225805.321

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Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201518.001115526.501.72
201428.7020231312.511.22
201328.302025733.491.20

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201515.70105414.021.15
201429.000119723.411.03
201324.3140121143.701.23
James Russell Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS IP K/9 BB/9 K/BB HR/9 GB/FB Ratio Strand % Fastball ERA FIP BABIP
2008 22 A DAY 8 8 41.0 5.27 2.85 1.85 0.88 73.3% 3.51 4.25 .259
2008 22 AA TEN 18 17 86.3 6.46 2.61 2.48 1.88 63.6% 6.36 5.55 .339
2009 23 AA TEN 10 4 32.3 6.68 2.23 3.00 1.11 65.9% 5.01 4.07 .329
2009 23 AAA IOW 26 7 65.7 6.30 2.60 2.42 0.82 77.4% 3.43 3.85 .318
2010 24 AAA IOW 5 0 11.0 8.18 3.27 2.50 4.09 80% 5.73 8.65 .222
2010 24 MAJ CHC 57 0 49.0 7.71 2.02 3.82 2.02 0.66 70.9% 88.8 MPH 4.96 5.32 .314
2011 25 MAJ CHC 64 5 67.7 5.72 1.86 3.07 1.60 0.81 75.6% 88.1 MPH 4.12 4.94 .302
2012 26 MAJ CHC 77 0 69.3 7.14 2.99 2.39 0.65 0.98 76.5% 89.1 MPH 3.25 3.59 .306
2013 27 MAJ CHC 74 0 52.7 6.32 3.08 2.06 1.20 0.67 75.4% 89.1 MPH 3.59 4.61 .259
2014 28 MAJ CHC 44 0 33.3 7.02 4.32 1.63 0.81 1.03 73% 89.0 MPH 3.51 4.34 .236
2014 28 MAJ ATL 22 1 24.3 5.92 1.48 4.00 0.00 1.32 76% 89.0 MPH 2.22 2.38 .285
2014  (Multiple Teams) 28 MAJ CHC/ATL 66 1 57.7 6.55 3.12 2.10 0.47 1.13 74.2% 89.0 MPH 2.97 3.49 .258
2015 29 AAA IOW 7 0 9.2 11.74 0.00 0.00 0.00 100% 0.00 0.59 .223
2015 29 MAJ CHC 49 0 34.0 5.29 2.38 2.22 0.79 1.39 64.6% 90.0 MPH 5.29 3.96 .339
Rest Of Season     0 0 .0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0% 0.00 0.00 .000
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3-Year Averages     72 0 59.9 6.61 3.01 2.20 0.75 76.1% 3.16 3.82 .273
Career     387 6 330.3 6.51 2.59 2.52 1.12 73.5% 3.90 4.26 .295

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2015 Stat Review for James Russell    As compared to the top 100 relief pitchers in 2014 (min 55 in)

K/BB/HR Stats

A collection of stats that measure different skills.

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2.22 K/BB
WEAK
5.29 K/9
TERRIBLE
2.38 BB/9
GOOD
90.0 MPH Fastball
POOR
0.8 HR/9
WEAK
1.39 GB/FB Ratio
MODERATE GROUNDBALLER
ERA/WHIP/FIP

A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.

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5.29 ERA
TERRIBLE
1.50 WHIP
TERRIBLE
3.96 FIP
POOR
BABIP/Strand

Balls in play avg. and % of runners left stranded.

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.339 BABIP
HIGH
64.6% Strand Rate
LOW

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James Russell: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Russell gave up three unearned runs in a third of an inning against the Reds on Monday.

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Russell gave up two runs and two hits in just one-third of an inning against the Giants on Saturday.

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Russell put another zero on the board Saturday, his 11th consecutive scoreless appearance.

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Russell struck out one in a scoreless inning against the Reds on Friday.

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Russell was called up by the Cubs on Tuesday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

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Russell agreed to a minor league contract with the Cubs on Wednesday, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports.

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Russell was released by the Braves on Sunday.

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Russell (toe) said Wednesday that he is still hoping to earn a spot in the Braves' starting rotation, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

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Russell has been bothered by a turf toe injury thus far during spring training, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

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Russell will work out of the bullpen during spring training, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

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Russell agreed to a one-year, $2.425 million contract to avoid arbitration, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2015

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2014

Russell was unhittable the first couple of months of the season, but it's clear he wore down from overuse as the season went on, only appearing in four games over the final four weeks. Overall, the numbers were respectable, particularly his 19 holds, though his 37:18 K:BB ratio left a bit to be desired. He'll likely be used in a similar capacity by the Cubs this year, though hopefully the new management will be a bit more careful in his use.

2013

One of the team's more consistent relievers, Russell had a decent year with 55 strikeouts and 23 walks in 69.1 innings and seven wins. His fastball averages just 89 mph, but his solid command makes him a good bet to be the team's primary left-handed setup man. With the addition of Kyuji Fujikawa to the late-inning mix in free agency, Russell is one step further away from landing the occasional save after closing out a pair of games for manager Dale Sveum last season.

2012

Russell pitched well in a relief role last year, posting a 33:9 K:BB rate and a 2.19 ERA. His poor showings as a starter hurt his overall numbers, but we'd expect Russell to stay in the bullpen this year. Russell isn't a hard thrower, and his flyball rate makes him prone to the long ball, so he doesn't have a lot of room for error with his command.

2011

Russell logged 49 IP as a rookie, and at first glance, his peripherals (42:11 K:BB) look awfully good. But a closer look reveals 11 homers, thanks to a miniscule 0.66 G/F rate. He's got a good chance to make the team again as a middle reliever, but needs to keep the ball in the park.