Kevin Russo

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Kevin Russo
Kevin Russo 2009.jpg
Third baseman/Left fielder
Born: (1984-07-08) July 8, 1984 (age 34)
West Babylon, New York
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 8, 2010, for the New York Yankees
Last MLB appearance
September 23, 2010, for the New York Yankees
MLB statistics
Batting average.184
Home runs0
Runs batted in4
Teams

Kevin Alexander Russo (born July 8, 1984) is a former professional baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Yankees in 2010.

Early years[edit]

Russo attended Fairview High School in Boulder, Colorado. As a running back on the Fairview High School football team, Russo rushed for 2,416 yards during his senior year, leading the team to a state title.[1] He and LenDale White were named as the two all-state running backs by the Rocky Mountain News.[1]

He attended San Jacinto College before transferring to Baylor University. At Baylor, he helped the Baylor Bears baseball team reach the 2005 College World Series.[1]

Professional career[edit]

New York Yankees[edit]

Russo was drafted by the Yankees in the 20th round (614th overall) of the 2006 Major League Baseball draft. Following the 2009 season, Russo was added to the 40-man roster to protect him from the Rule 5 draft.[2] He was called up to the major leagues for the first time on May 8, 2010.[3] He recorded his first hit in the Majors on May 21, 2010 in an interleague game against the New York Mets and added the decisive two-run double later in the game to lead the Yankees to a 2–1 win over the Mets.

The Yankees designated him for assignment on May 6, 2011, to make room for Jess Todd on the 40-man roster.[4]

Detroit Tigers[edit]

On November 18, 2012, Russo signed a minor league deal with the Detroit Tigers with an invitation to spring training.[5] Russo spent the 2013 season with the Toledo Mudhens and was resigned for the 2014 season but was cut in spring training and did not appear in a game in the 2014 season.

Sugar Land Skeeters[edit]

Russo signed with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball for the 2015 season. He became a free agent after the 2015 season.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Cacciola, Scott (May 24, 2010). "An Atypical Yankee: Rookie Russo Hasn't Had to Meet High Expectations". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved May 28, 2010.
  2. ^ "Seven added to 40-man roster". Yankees.lhblogs.com. 2009-11-20. Retrieved 2010-09-02.
  3. ^ Bryan Hoch / MLB.com (2010-04-28). "With bench thin, Yankees promote Russo from Triple-A". Newyork.yankees.mlb.com. Retrieved 2010-09-02.
  4. ^ Yankees claim RHP Jess Todd, DFA utility man Kevin Russo
  5. ^ Silva, Drew (November 18, 2012). "Tigers ink minor league deal with Kevin Russo". NBC Sports.

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