20-Year-Old Shortstop – Oakland Athletics
2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
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...
Addison Russell Contract Information:
Agreed to a rookie contract with Oakland worth $2.65 million in June of 2012.
A's manager Bob Melvin said Wednesday that Russell has very little chance to make the major league roster out of camp, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Oakland Athletics Roster
MajorsAbad, Fernando (P)
AAAAliotti, Anthony (1B)
AABarfield, Jeremy (OF)
A+Granier, Drew (P)
ACovey, Dylan (P)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
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.