21-Year-Old Shortstop – Chicago Cubs
2015 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Given that the A's didn't make the World Series after acquiring Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel in July, they may curse the day the traded away Russell, who immediately moved near the top of a very g...
Addison Russell Contract Information:
Agreed to a rookie contract with Oakland worth $2.65 million in June of 2012.
Russell will play in his final Arizona Fall League game Thursday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
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Chicago Cubs Roster
MajorsAlcantara, Arismendy (2B)
AAABeeler, Dallas (P)
AAAlmora, Albert (OF)
A+Amaya, Gioskar (2B)
ABalaguert, Yasiel (OF)
RookieAcosta, Luis (OF)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Russell was selected 11th overall in the 2012 draft and is universally considered the top prospect in the A's system. The fact that he plays a premium position makes his star burn even brighter. After an electrifying debut in 2012, Russell encountered a bit more trouble in 2013, hitting only .269, but he still contributed 29 doubles, 10 triples, 17 home runs and 21 stolen bases, all very impressive numbers for a 19-year-old in his first full season, and at High-A, no less. Russell has a ton of talent, but he needs to work on cutting down his strikeouts (he had 116 in the minors in 2013), but he did start to improve upon that in the 2013 Arizona Fall League, striking out only 15 times in 85 at-bats. Russell will likely start the 2014 season at Double-A Midland, but he certainly is on the fast track for the A's and will rise through the organization quite rapidly.
The A's used their first-round pick (11th overall) on Russell, a high school shortstop from Florida. Russell had an exceptional season after signing in July, hitting .415 in 26 games in the Arizona Rookie League and then .340 in 53 at-bats in the New York-Penn League. After those performances, he earned a promotion to Low-A for the end of the year. It is possible he may get too big for shortstop and have to move over to third base, but Russell was drafted for his bat. Scouting reports indicate that he has a lot of raw power and can drive the ball to all fields. Russell will likely start the year back at Low-A Burlington after holding his own there during a small 16-game sample in 2012.