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Addison Russell | Second Baseman

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (21) / 1/23/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right

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Cubs purchased the contract of INF Addison Russell from Triple-A Iowa.
Russell will play second base and bat ninth in his major league debut Tuesday night against the Pirates. He doesn't have a lot of experience at the position, but Tommy la Stella (oblique) is on the DL and the Cubs believe he can be an upgrade over Jonathan Herrera and Arismendy Alcantara. The 21-year-old posted a .301/.377/.520 batting line in the minors and is regarded as one of the top prospects in the game. Exciting times in Chicago. Apr 21 - 3:34 PM

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CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Cubs plan to call up infield prospect Addison Russell.

Russell has played just five games at second base, but the Cubs have apparently seen enough that they think he's ready to help at the position in the majors. It certainly wouldn't be hard for him to represent an upgrade, as journeyman Jonathan Herrera has been seeing most of the playing time there of late. Russell is just 21, but he's a career .301/.377/.520 hitter so far in the minors and the consensus among scouts is that his bat his major league-ready. He needs to be owned in all fantasy leagues.
Apr 21 - 12:05 AM

Cubs shortstop prospect Addison Russell has started at second base in his last five games for Triple-A Iowa.

It's big news, obviously, since that's the position Russell probably has the best chance to crack at the major league level at the moment. "Being a little bit more proactive regarding prepping him for a need that might be open here," manager Joe Maddon said Monday. Russell is hitting .297/.308/.432 with one homer in the early going for Iowa and could potentially challenge for a promotion before long.
Apr 20 - 6:00 PM

Cubs prospect Addison Russell connected on a two-run homer Sunday in a win over Triple-A Memphis.

The third-inning blast was Russell's first Triple-A home run. He went 3-for-5 on the afternoon, bumping his season average up to a robust .389. Russell's path to the major leagues is currently being blocked by Starlin Castro, but if Russell keeps this up, the Cubs will have to find a spot for him. For what it's worth, Russell is considered a better defensive player than Castro.
Apr 13 - 2:42 PM

Addison Russell went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run Saturday facing the Mariners.

Russell hit a two-run home run -- his first of the spring -- off of Felix Hernandez in the third inning. His terrific spring performance has flown under the radar thanks to teammate Kris Bryant. Russell is now batting .409 (9-for-22) with three doubles. He won't break camp with the team, but he's expected to be a long-term fixture with the Cubs along with Bryant.
Mar 21 - 7:46 PM

The Cubs are shutting down Addison Russell from the Arizona Fall League.

Russell is healthy, but the Cubs feel like he has played a full season. The 20-year-old is one of the top shortstop prospects in the majors, but he saw some time at second base during the Arizona Fall League in an effort to increase his versatility. It's not clear where he'll fit in 2015, but he's on the fast track to the big leagues.
Thu, Oct 23, 2014 05:15:00 PM

Cubs prospect Addison Russell has played second base in the Arizona Fall League.

Cubs president Theo Epstein said earlier this month that Russell would prepare to play multiple positions and the 20-year-old made his first start at second base last Monday. "Everything's going good," said Russell. "I missed nine weeks so not only the at-bats, I need to get some reps at short and possibly at second. That's what I'm working on right now." The Cubs still have Starlin Castro at shortstop, so they are simply keeping their options open. The logjam could ultimately be resolved with a trade.
Wed, Oct 22, 2014 01:31:00 PM

Cubs president Theo Epstein revealed at a season ticket holder event Friday that shortstop prospect Addison Russell has been told to be prepared to play multiple positions next season.

Unless they make a trade or two this offseason, the Cubs have a logjam at shortstop, so it makes sense that they'd prep Russell to play elsewhere. That said, Russell is capable defensively at the position, so it would seem to be a bit of a waste moving him to a less premium position. Chicago remains likely to be active in trade talks over the winter.
Fri, Oct 10, 2014 02:44:00 PM

Cubs prospect SS Addison Russell went 2-for-5 with a home run and five RBI on Tuesday for Double-A Tennessee.

The home run, a grand slam to the opposite field, was Russell’s 10th since coming over from the A’s on July 6. In general, the 20-year-old has put impressive numbers at Tennessee, batting .301/.348/.556 with 19 extra-base hits, 27 runs and 27 RBI in 39 games. The only thing Russell hasn’t done this season is steal bases, though that should have been expected after he missed most of the first half with a hamstring injury. For that same reason, it would make sense for the Cubs to send him for another tour of the Arizona Fall League.
Wed, Aug 20, 2014 02:10:00 PM

Cubs shortstop prospect Addison Russell went 2-for-5 with a double, a home run, and stolen base on Monday for Double-A Tennessee.

Russell has hit well in Tennessee, putting up a .297/.346/.534 line with eight doubles and nine home runs over 38 games. His season was interrupted by injury, but he has flashed the potential to be an elite shortstop. He should be in Chicago by the end of 2015.
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 09:49:00 AM

Cubs shortstop prospect Addison Russell went 2-for-4 with a double and a walk for Double-A Tennessee on Saturday.

Russell has hits in 19 of his last 22 games, and he is hitting .345/.394/.575 with five doubles and five home runs during that time. Russell has the potential to hit .300 with 15-plus home runs, which would make him a top 3 shortstop.
Sun, Aug 17, 2014 11:21:00 AM

Cubs prospect SS Addison Russell went 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBI on Sunday for Double-A Tennessee.

Russell, 20, has raked since coming over from the A’s in early July, as Sunday’s performance pushed his Tennessee batting line to .293/.333/.566 through 25 games. Russell also has found his power stroke during that time, as he’s already clubbed eight home runs and three doubles for his new team. He’s now hit safely in nine of his last 10 games, batting .364 with five home runs during that span.
Mon, Aug 4, 2014 04:47:00 PM

Cubs prospect shortstop Addison Russell went 4-for-6 with a double for Double-A Tennessee on Monday, raising his line to .303/.338/.579.

Russell has hits in each of his last five games, hitting .480/.480/.920 with two doubles and three home runs. He has the potential to hit .300 with 15-20 home runs and 15-20 stolen bases, which would make him a top 25 player in fantasy baseball. The Cubs have begun the process of moving Javier Baez to second base, and Russell could be in Chicago as soon as early-2015.
Tue, Jul 29, 2014 09:14:00 AM

Cubs shortstop prospect Addison Russell went 2-for-5 with two home runs for Double-A Tennessee on Friday.

Russell has hit .250/.297/.517 since being traded to the Cubs organization, but has ripped five home runs. Javier Baez has been spending time at second base, which strongly indicates that the Cubs front office views Russell as their shortstop of the future. Starlin Castro has shortstop locked down in Chicago, and the off-season will likely be filled with trade rumors of ways to open a hole for Chicago's biggest acquisition.
Sat, Jul 26, 2014 10:17:00 AM

Cubs prospect SS Addison Russell went 2-for-4 with a solo home run on Thursday for Double-A Tennessee.

The homer was Russell's first since joining the Cubs organization and his second in 27 games this season. The 20-year-old has started to heat up at the plate after going 0-for-9 with four strikeouts in his first two games with Tennessee, as he's batted .308 with two extra-base hits over his last seven contests. As long as he can stay healthy, Russell seems poised for a big second half with his new team.
Fri, Jul 18, 2014 02:41:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Miguel Montero
2David Ross
3Welington Castillo
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Addison Russell
2Tommy La Stella
SS1Starlin Castro
2Jonathan Herrera
3B1Kris Bryant
2Mike Olt
LF1Chris Coghlan
2Chris Denorfia
CF1Dexter Fowler
RF1Jorge Soler
Starting Pitcher
S1Jon Lester
2Jake Arrieta
3Jason Hammel
4Kyle Hendricks
5Travis Wood
6Tsuyoshi Wada
7Jacob Turner
8Dallas Beeler
Relief Pitcher
R1Hector Rondon
2Neil Ramirez
3Pedro Strop
4Jason Motte
5Justin Grimm
6Phil Coke
7Edwin Jackson
8Brian Schlitter
9Zac Rosscup
10Gonzalez Germen