Addison Russell

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This article is about the baseball player. For the Ohio politician, see Addison Peale Russell. For the Connecticut politician, see Charles Addison Russell.
Addison Russell
Addison Russell May 2015.jpg
Russell with the Cubs in May 2015
Chicago Cubs – No. 22
Second baseman
Born: (1994-01-23) January 23, 1994 (age 21)
Pace, Florida
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 21, 2015 for the Chicago Cubs
Career statistics
(through July 25, 2015)
Batting average .230
Hits 62
Home runs 5
Runs batted in 22
Teams

Addison Warren Russell (born January 23, 1994) is an American professional baseball second baseman for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball (MLB). As of 2015, Baseball America listed Russell as the third-best prospect in professional baseball. He made his MLB debut in April 2015.

Professional career[edit]

Oakland Athletics[edit]

Russell was drafted by the Oakland Athletics with the 11th overall pick of the first round in the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft out of Pace High School in Pace, Florida.[1][2]

Russell started his career with the Arizona League Athletics, where he hit .415/488/.717 with six home runs and 29 runs batted in in 26 games. He was then promoted to the Vermont Lake Monsters and hit .340/.386/.509 with one home run in 13 games. He finished the season with the Class-A Burlington Bees, hitting .310/.369/.448 in 16 games. Overall he finished his first season hitting .369/.432/.594 with seven home runs and 45 runs batted in 55 games. In 2012, he was named an Oakland MILB.com organization All-Star, and an AZL post-season All-Star.[3]

Prior to the 2013 season, Russell was the Athletics' best prospect according to Baseball America.[4] He was also named the best prospect in the Arizona League.[5] In 2013, he was named an Oakland MILB.com organization All-Star, a CAL rookie of the year, a CAL post-season All-Star, and a CAL Futures Game selection.[3] Playing for Mesa, he was also named to the AFL All-Prospect Team, and an AFL Rising Star.[3]

Chicago Cubs[edit]

On July 4, 2014, Russell, along with pitcher Dan Straily, outfielder Billy McKinney, and a player to be named later, was traded to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for pitcher Jason Hammel and pitcher Jeff Samardzija.[6][7]

Baseball America named him the #3 prospect in 2015.[8]

On April 21, 2015, Russell was called up to the to the 25-man roster to play second base against the Pittsburgh Pirates.[9][10] On May 1, 2015, Russell hit his first career home run off of Wily Peralta in a 1-0 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.[11]

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