Addison Russell

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Addison Russell
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Russell with the Cubs in May 2015
Chicago Cubs – No. 27
Shortstop / Second baseman
Born: (1994-01-23) January 23, 1994 (age 25)
Pace, Florida
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 21, 2015, for the Chicago Cubs
MLB statistics
(through April 23, 2016)
Batting average .239
Home runs 15
Runs batted in 63
Teams

Addison Wayne Russell (born January 23, 1994) is an American professional baseball infielder 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.

Amateur career

Early life

Russell was born on January 23, 1994 in Pace, Florida, the eldest of four children raised by mother Milany and stepfather Wayne.[1][2]

High school

Russell attended Pace High School and in 2010 led his high school to a class 5A FHSAA baseball state championship and a runner-up finish in 2012.[3] Russell was named a Perfect Game Aflac All-American Game participant and a Louisville Slugger First Team All-American in 2011.[3] He was also ranked as the No. 18 high school prospect by Baseball America and as the No. 24 high school prospect by Perfect Game.[3] In his final high school baseball season, Russell hit for a .368 batting average and recorded a .532 on base percentage.[4] In high school, Russell also played football at the running back position.[5]

In November 2011, Russell signed a National Letter of Intent to play college baseball at Auburn University for the Tigers baseball team.[6]

International

Addison Russell
Medal record
U18 Baseball
Representing  United States
Pan American Games
Gold medal – first place 2011 Cartagena U18 National team

Russell was a member of the USA Baseball 18U National Team at the 2011 COPABE 18U/AAA Pan American games that won a gold medal.[3][6] At the tournament, Russell batted .393, going 11-for-28 with three doubles, a triple and a home run, driving in nine RBIs and scoring 11 runs.[6] During the championship game against Team Canada, Russell hit a grand slam and was named First-Team All Tournament as Shortstop for his efforts.[7] At the tournament for Team USA, Russell played alongside future professional baseball players Albert Almora, Alex Bregman, David Dahl, Joey Gallo, and Carson Kelly.[7]

Professional career

Oakland Athletics

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.[4][8] Russell received a $2.625 million signing bonus for signing with the A's instead of attending Auburn.[5] He was also the first high school athlete selected by the A's in the first round of the draft since Jeremy Bonderman in 2001.[5]

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.[9]

Prior to the 2013 season, Russell was the Athletics' best prospect according to Baseball America.[10] He was also named the best prospect in the Arizona League.[11] In 2013, he was named an Oakland MILB.com organization All-Star, a CAL rookie of the year,[12] a CAL post-season All-Star, and a CAL Futures Game selection.[9][13] Playing for Mesa, he was also named to the AFL All-Prospect Team, and an AFL Rising Star.[9]

Chicago Cubs

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.[14][15] The Cubs sent Russell to the AFL for the second time at the end of the 2014 minor league season.[16]

Baseball America named him the #3 prospect in 2015.[17]

2015 season

On April 21, Russell was called up to the 25-man roster to play second base against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.[18][19] On May 1, Russell hit his first career home run off of Wily Peralta in a 1–0 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.[20] He moved to his normal infield position at shortstop in early August, replacing three-time All-Star Starlin Castro. Russell committed only two errors in 52 games as the regular Cubs shortstop.[21] In the 2015 postseason he had 3 hits in 12 at bats with 1 RBI. Cardinal Pitcher John Lackey had a no-hitter into the sixth. Russell's single was the first hit. He hit a triple in the late innings of the third NLDS game and was slightly injured sliding into third. He did not play in game four.

After the Cubs defeated the Cardinals in the NLDS to advance to the NLCS to face the New York Mets, it was announced that Russell had pulled his hamstring. This injury kept him out of the NLCS.

With the Cubs acquisition of Jason Heyward, Russell gave up his jersey number 22 and switched to number 27 in honor of Eddie George.[22]

2016 season

On April 11, Russell hit a three-run homer in the 8th inning to give the Cubs a 5–3 victory on opening night at Wrigley Field.[23]

Personal life

Russell and Melisa Reidy had a child in August 2015, and married in January 2016. He also has a daughter Malia Jade born in August 2015 [24]

References

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  8. A recap of the A's three picks on Day 1 of MLB Draft
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  14. Cubs trade Jeff Samardzija to A's
  15. A’s acquire Jeff Samardzija, Jason Hammel from Cubs for Addison Russell
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  23. Muskat, Carrie; Sheldon, Mark. "Addison Muscle: Cubs stout after no-go no-no". mlb.com. MLB.com. Retrieved 12 April 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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