Addison Russell Scouting Report

Addison Russell Scouting Report

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Addison Russell Scouting Report

As the main piece the Cubs coveted in the Jeff Samardzija deal back in July, Addison Russell was Oakland’s top prospect and is now considered a serious threat to break onto the Major League scene in 2015. Considered to have the highest ceiladdison russell scouting reporting of any of the Cubs numerous highly–rated prospects, Russell is one of the most well-rounded prospects in baseball; his slash line of .294/.332/.536 once he settled in for the Cubs Double-A affiliate in 2014 is complimented by his slick defense and above- average arm.


He is a Fiver
Considered to be a true five-tool player all while playing shortstop as a teenager. He is a rare commodity and one that will no doubt help the Cubs in the future.
In addition to his projected upside, Russell shows incredible maturity for his age. His patience at the plate is a big reason scouts are so high on him, and despite slightly higher than average strikeout rates in the minors, especially in 2014 with a 17.1% K rate, closer inspection shows this was due to too much patience on balls earlier in the count, rather than being more aggressive.

Russell has a sweet stroke at the plate, with gap power and lightning quick hands. His power and contact are both above-average, with the potential to hit as many as 25 home runs in a full season as well as to be a .300 hitter. His biggest question mark heading into the 2013 season was his defense, and he quieted the critics by playing stellar for the last two seasons, and scouts believe that will translate to the big leagues. He committed just four errors in 2014, an improvement over the 15 in 2013. During the Arizona Fall League he played both second base and shortstop per the instructions of GM Theo Epstein.

Despite a wealth of infield prospects in the Cubs system, they seem to be taking extra special care of Russell, shutting him down during the Arizona Fall League in 2014. Russell turns 20 in January, and the Cubs don’t appear to be taking any chances with him and his health; they feel like he played enough in 2014 despite only 280 plate appearances this year. The debate of where he will take over revolves around 2nd, short or 3rd base. Competing with the likes of Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, and Starlin Castro. Regardless of where or who he plays for, Russell, by all accounts, seems to have a bright future ahead of him.

Info:
Position: SS
DOB: 1/23/1994
Bats: R, Throws: R
Height: 6′ 2″, Weight: 190
Rankings:
#2: MLB Top Prospect.com Shortstop
#4: MLB Top Prospects.com list of Top 100 Prospects
#2: Cubs prospect by MLB Top Prospect.com

Draft details:
Oakland Athletics- first round (11th overall) of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of Pace High School in Pace, Florida
Scouting grades:
On the scouts scale of 20 to 80.
Hitting: 60 | Power: 60 | Run: 60 | Arm: 60 | Field: 65 | Overall: 60