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Addison Russell SSCubs

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Birth Date1-23-1994
Height6' 0"
Weight195 lbs
Age20 years, 6 months, 8 days
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WARP Summary

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YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP

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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2012 BUR A 16 66 .298 .249 .322 .370 .257 .383 103 2.7 1.9 0.9 -0.2 1.5 8.8 0.9 8.8 0.9
2012 VER A- 13 57 .348 .244 .304 .340 .253 .436 88 5.2 1.6 0.6 0.5 0.2 7.1 0.8 7.1 0.8
2012 ATH Rk 26 121 .397 .276 .343 .411 .281 .494 100 19.3 3.7 1 -2.1 3.2 26.8 2.4 26.8 2.4
2013 STO A+ 107 504 .321 .261 .335 .418 .275 .338 96 34 14.8 6.5 -4.6 1.0 57.2 5.3 57.2 5.3
2013 SAC AAA 3 13 .037 .267 .332 .425 .273 .250 85 -3.1 0.4 0.1 -0.2 0.7 -1.7 -0.2 -1.7 -0.2
2014 STO A+ 5 18 .170 .243 .318 .387 .252 .300 92 -1.8 0.5 0.1 0.3 -0.1 -1.2 -0.1 -1.2 -0.1
2014 MID AA 13 57 .294 .250 .322 .364 .257 .385 111 2 1.6 0.5 -1.2 -0.3 3.9 0.3 3.9 0.3
2014 TEN AA 21 88 .324 .257 .321 .384 .266 .339 96 5.9 2.4 0.9 2.8 -0.3 8.6 1.2 8.6 1.2

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2012 BUR A 66 8 18 4 2 0 9 5 12 5 1 .310 .369 .448 .138 .298 8.8 -0.2 0.9
2012 VER A- 57 9 18 2 2 1 7 4 13 2 0 .340 .386 .509 .170 .348 7.1 0.5 0.8
2012 ATH Rk 121 29 44 4 5 6 29 14 23 9 1 .415 .488 .717 .302 .397 26.8 -2.1 2.4
2013 SAC AAA 13 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 9 0 0 .077 .077 .077 .000 .037 -1.7 -0.2 -0.2
2013 STO A+ 504 85 118 29 10 17 60 61 116 21 3 .275 .377 .508 .233 .321 57.2 -4.6 5.3
2014 MID AA 57 7 16 3 1 1 8 8 8 3 2 .333 .439 .500 .167 .294 3.9 -1.2 0.3
2014 TEN AA 88 12 26 3 0 6 15 4 18 1 1 .313 .352 .566 .253 .324 8.6 2.8 1.2
2014 STO A+ 18 0 3 0 0 0 1 2 6 1 0 .188 .278 .188 .000 .170 -1.2 0.3 -0.1

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-04-05 2014-06-08 Minors 64 0 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2014-03-11 2014-03-16 Camp 5 0 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2013-04-06 2013-04-14 Minors 8 0 Right Abdomen Strain Oblique - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 0 dScott Boras2014

Details
  • Acquired by Chicago Cubs in trade from Oakland 7/4/14.
  • Drafted by Oakland 2012 (1-11) (Pace HS, Fla.). $2.625M signing bonus (slot amount).

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DateQuestionAnswer
2014-07-24 19:00:00 (link to chat)*Sparkle* *Sparkle* *Sparkle*
(Kris Bryant's Eyes from His face)
Between you and Addison Russell I have no idea how I'm going to deal with the eyes on this team in the near future. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-07-22 15:00:00 (link to chat)Who do you think has the best potential in terms of Offense production/best fantasy potential in the SS prospect class? e.g. Addison Russell, Correa, Lindor Etc.
(Matt from MN)
Baez, but he comes with a high degree of risk. Correa has a better shot of staying at SS for longer, so you're likely better off sticking with a guy who retains eligibility. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-07-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Corey Seager or Addison Russell? They seem pretty similar?
(The Dude from Office)
Different players. Russell the more athletic type, Seager more calm, cool, and collected. Both project to be plus shortstops, Russell a better chance to stick. I joked with a friend that Russell might have Derek Jeter ceiling and then a front office executive said the same thing last season, so that was cool. I like Addi a bit more. (Chris Rodriguez)
2014-07-07 11:00:00 (link to chat)In the Top 50 you said with a strong second half that Addison Russell could challenge for the top spot in the minors. Like...above Buxton?
(spncrpatterson from SBP)
Yes. He's a legit shortstop (he will stick at the position; ignore others who suggest he won't) with a legit hit tool and legit power potential. Those players are extremely rare, and if he starts to put it together on the field after the hamstring injury setback, he could challenge Buxton for the top spot in the minors. This is a very high-end talent. (Jason Parks on the Top 50)
2014-07-07 11:00:00 (link to chat)more valuable player right now Addison Russell or jeff samardjza?
(DeathSpeculum from #iwillshitin)
Shark has the most value right now. (Jason Parks on the Top 50)
2014-07-07 11:00:00 (link to chat)First off, I want to say thank you for the great work you and your team does Jason. Truly appreciate it... I wanted to ask what your opinion was on if the Cubs could of gotten more for Shark and Hammel? A few reports say the could of. I don't believe them. Your thoughts?
(Jordan from Vegas)
I can't imagine a scenario outside of a drunk fantasy baseball trade where the Cubs could have landed a better player than Addison Russell in the trade. (Jason Parks on the Top 50)
2014-07-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Has the timeline for Addison Russell changed now that he's with the Cubs? Maybe late 2015? Which current SS do you best compare him with?
(John from Toronto)
The timing of Russell's MLB readiness really hasn't changed, but his ability to reach the big leagues while blocked by someone like Castro has certainly changed. He may be ready on the same timeline as previously suggested, but he's going to have to wait until the Cubs decide they are ready to move Castro out of the organization or to another position to accommodate him. (Mark Anderson)
2014-07-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Beane compared Addison Russell to Barry Larkin. Is that all realistic?
(Larry from IL)
it's a risky business comparing prospects to Hall of Fame players, but I can see the similarities and why Beane would throw such a comp out there. (Mark Anderson)
2014-07-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Will the Cubs trade Castro this off-season to clear the way for Baez? Will he contribute in 2015? Will the Cubs win more than 75 games next year?
(Sinka from New York)
At this point, known one knows what the Cubs are going to do. Did anyone see them trading for ANOTHER shortstop prospect? I don't even know if Theo and Jed know how it will play out. All they know is that they have the best collection of assets in the game. Trading Castro does seem like the way to go, given that he's re-established himself as a player and can get a big haul, but you can also look at it like this - he's the only one in the Cubs organization that we know can be a big league shortstop. I love Addison Russell, but he's still a prospect. So is Baez. Castro is a proven player, and he's only 24. Maybe he's the guy they should keep. He's the surest thing. (Jeff Moore)
2014-07-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Baez straight up for Price given an extension could be worked out: Who says no? As you just mentioned, I also think Castro could be the one to keep. Baez seems to be the guy you sell people on his ceiling,despite a even greater bust potential.
(NightmareRec0n from Boston)
I think the Rays say no, and it's the Cubs fault. Shark and Hammel just got Addison Russell. 1.5 years of Price is at least as good as Shark and Hammel, and it's even better if you don't need the depth. And this is without the time to sign an extension that you mentioned (which I can't remember ever happening mid-season - that's more of an off-season thing). By getting Russell back for Shark and Hammel, the Cubs established a pretty high bar. If the Rays move price, they are going to need at least one prospect of Russell's caliber, and remember, the Cubs got a lot more back than just one player. Baez straight up for Price isn't going to get it done. (Jeff Moore)
2014-06-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)It seems to me that Oakland would be better off with Addison Russell at short than the Lowrie/Punto combination they're running out there now. Any chance Russell is called up for the playoff run?
(Jim from Oakland)
That may have been a possibility had Russell not lost a few months due to injury. That would have been aggressive, but had he been playing the whole time at the level he has the past few years, he might have been able to handle it. Russell is that good. As it is, he only has six Double-A games under his belt. With the missed time, he needs to stay in the minors and finish his development. The A's operate within the framework of their long-term future as well as any organization, so I'd be shocked to see him rushed up this season. (Jeff Moore)
2014-06-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)How far back will Correa's injury push his big league debut? Does this push either Addison Russell or Francisco Lindor above him in terms of best SS prospect?
(Graham from Richmond, VA)
In terms of talent, he could play SS in the major leagues today. I'm sure of it. There are some who would take Lindor over Correa, but I don't think that has anything to do with the injury as much as Lindor himself. Russell is a downright impressive prospect, but he's a tier behind each of the other two. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-06-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any updates on when Addison Russell will be back?
(The Dude from Office)
Just spent the past week in the California League and I believe he should be moving back up to Double-A Midland any day now. (Jeff Moore)
2014-05-27 11:30:00 (link to chat)Haven't heard anything about Addison Russell lately. When is he expected back, and what do you think his future numbers look like?
(Joe from Chucktown)
Not sure about his recovery, but he's not being rushed. Hamstrings are fickle beasts, and he could be out awhile. His CAL league line from last year is a pretty good indication of what his future numbers may look like. Russell is going to impact the game on all sides of the ball, and has the chance to be a monster both in real life, and in fantasy. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-05-27 11:30:00 (link to chat)Jordan---this is awesome, glad to see you here. My question is this--when are you going to finally trade me Addison Russell??
(Mike from Definitely Not @ Work)
My shirsey is on its way, so, I'm thinking you may have missed the window, my friend. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-05-15 20:00:00 (link to chat)In our h2h points league where we keep 5 players in the round drafted and can keep them as long as forever, I have stashed Bradley in round 16. His injury is making me wonder if it would be advisable to change horses. Other options that could be kept in round 20 would be Noah Syndergaard, Addison Russell, Kris Bryant, Byron Buxton, or Marcus Stroman. Benches are short so keeping any prospect is a luxury especially since my team is always a strong title contender. Is anyone of the above arguably a better stash than Bradley as far as impact both this year and beyond?
(Eric Nosebar from Albuquerque )
Give me Syndergaard, Russell, Bryant or Buxton in Round 20 over Bradley in Round 16. Buxton's the biggest upside, but he likely won't contribute right away in 2015. (Bret Sayre)
2014-04-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jeff, Thanks for the chat. Two questions. First, who's getting called up next? Second, who are we not talking about that we should be?
(Number27 from Milwaukee, WI)
I was as surprised as anybody that George Springer got called up when he did, though Id guess it means that theyre closer to a contract extension than either side is letting on. I just dont see the Astros giving up the service time like that for the sake of about one win between now and June in what will be another losing season. Im thrilled hes up, but it doesnt make much sense.

Because of that, I have no idea whos next. Some of the most obvious candidates Javy Baez, Byron Buxton, Taijuan Walker, and Addison Russell for example, have battled injuries. There are some more obvious candidates like Marcus Stroman, Andrew Heaney, Gregory Polanco and others, but Ill bet most teams wait until the super-two deadline has safely passed.

Then again, who saw a Luis Sardinas promotion happening over the weekend? So who knows. (Jeff Moore)
2014-04-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat Jeff and the excellent work on MLU.. Bunch of questions for you - Addison Russell or Francisco Lindor? High Ceiling or High Floor? Eduardo Rodriguez or A.J. Cole? Favorite Sleeper prospect in the Nationals system? City Oyster or 32 East? Best Sports Bar in Delray?
(NatsGM from Bethesda MD)
We had this discussion as a staff the other day and included Baez and Correa in the mix. I went with Lindor. Here's the link:

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=23246

There's no right or wrong, so much as just a preference. Same with Rodriguez vs. Cole. Do you like ceiling or floor? Cole could be the better pitcher, but he could also be a reliever still. Sometimes it's just a preference.

You want food in Delray? Go to Park Tavern. You simply can't beat it, and order an Old Fashioned. My favorite sports bar is a little dive called The Hurricane because it's an Eagles bar and they put the game on every Sunday and it's filled with other idiots in Randal Cunningham throwbacks to make me feel better about myself. (Jeff Moore)
2014-04-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any update on the Addison Russell injury (severity, recovery time, etc.). Thanks for the chat!!
(G Man from San Fran)
I haven't seen an update since the initial reports. Everything I keep reading suggests at least a month on the shelf, though it could easily stretch beyond that. (Mark Anderson)
2014-04-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Chances we see Addison Russell and Buxton in the majors this year?
(John from CT)
Sure. It's possible. Both seem like better options for 2015, though. (Jason Parks)
2014-04-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Does Addison Russell stick at SS long-term?
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
Yes. (Jason Parks)
2014-04-03 19:30:00 (link to chat)Crag, are you at all worried about Clayton Kershaw? I'm asking because I have a trade offer on the table I'm considering right now. The offer is Kershaw for Mark Appell, Addison Russell, Aaron Sanchez and Noah Syndergaard (I would be the one getting Kershaw). The league I'm playing in is a keeper league with 16 teams, H2H, points-based scoring. I would be able to keep Kershaw for the next four years (2015-2018). Would you pull the trigger on this one?
(Armin from Vienna, Austria)
I talked about my concern with Kershaw before but this is a hell of an offer. I think I'd take Kershaw. As much as I love the prospects, there's a wide variation of how they all pan out. I know it can be scary to give up all that potential, but not having to give up a major league for Clayton F***ing Kershaw is insane. Gotta do it. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-03-12 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is Addison Russell going to get enough PA's to qualify for Rookie of the Year?
(flashtheleather from (In the glove))
Unlikely, but I suppose he's just a Jed Lowrie injury away from something more serious than a September call-up. (Ben Lindbergh)
2014-03-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who is your favorite "sleeper" prospect in the Nationals system? Pick one, Addison Russell or Francisco Lindor? Finally, what's your favorite restaurant in Delray? Thanks-
(NatsGM from Bethesda MD)
The Nats system isn't super exciting, but there are some dudes. I really like Zach Walters, though i dont know if he qualifies as a sleeper, and that's probably just because I love prospects who profile as super-utility guys (for no particular reason). I don't know if Walters can play every day but I think he can be a valuable guy on a roster because he can play all over, switch-hits and has some pop. I like valuable, versatile roster guys like that.

Lindor is so #smooth in the field it's ridiculous, but Russell has more upside with the bat because of his power. It's a toss up for which you prefer, but I like Russell a little since I've read some encouraging reports about his ability to stay at short. If that changes, I'll take Lindor all day.

Favorite restaurant in Delray is Park Tavern on Atlantic Ave. I've never had a bad meal there. In fact, I can see it from where I'm sitting right now. (Jeff Moore)
2014-02-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)So basically I'm in a conundrum. My fantasy league allows you to hold 5 minor leaguers. Background info is that I have one of the strongest teams in the league, with exceptional hitting and very good pitching. The minor leaguers I own so far are Javier Baez, Miguel Sano, and Addison Russell. However I'm unsure of what to do with my last 2 spots. Based on how I know the draft will play out I can go a couple different directions... -Draft Gregory Polanco and Archie Bradley -Draft 2 longer ETA prospects (Frazier, Giolito, Dahl) so I don't have potentially 5 minor leaguers coming up this summer and forcing me to cut 5 guys from my competitive 28 man roster - Draft 2 SPs to balance out my team (Bradley, Giolito, Gray, Syndergaard)
(CharlieWerner from Manayunk PA)
I'd go with Polanco and Bradley followed by Synder, Gio, Gray, Dahl, and Frazier (Paul Sporer)
2014-02-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on Addison Russell being up to stay by June? What do you think his upside is?
(Greg43 from Oakland)
Russell has killer upside with a wide swath of skills. He has the bat tools to hit .285 with 20+ HR and tons of doubles at peak, and the fielding prowess to stick at SS into his late 20's. He would fit in nicely on the Oakland IF, allowing Lowrie to slide over to 2B, but I think that June is a bit optimistic. Russell only played in High-A last season (plus 3 G in Sacramento at end of year), and he could be tested by pitchers with better secondary stuff in the high minors. How he responds will likely determine his time table.

On the jukebox: Cream, "Born Under a Bad Sign" (Doug Thorburn)
2014-02-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)Took over a team in a 10 team H2H Dynasty. Looks to be middle of the pack, but I have Cabrera. Would you trade him for a package of Harper or Stanton, and Matt Moore, Sonny Gray, and Addison Russell? Other option is Goldschmidt, Machado or Cole, and Sano. I'd have to add some things to get either done. Which is better or hold out until the season starts to see if my team is performing better than expected?
(Joe from SC)
I own Miguel Cabrera in a 12-team head-to-head dynasty league with 25-man rosters with 5 prospect slots. I have a top heavy team and wouldn't move him for 3 clear cut keepers, especially since he still possesses third base eligibility. I'd strongly consider pulling the trigger on the Goldschmidt, Machado and Sano trade. (Ronit Shah)
2014-02-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)In a 10 team H2H 5x5 dynasty league. Took over a team that has Cabrera and not much else. Would you trade him in a package deal for Harper or Stanton, Moore, Sonny Gray, and Addison Russell or Goldschmidt, Machado or Cole, and Sano? Which would you prefer or just hold onto him til later in the year?
(Joe from SC)
I think I already answered this. Would think about the second trade with Goldy, Machado and Sano, but I'm not a fantasy expert. (Ronit Shah)
2014-01-30 14:00:00 (link to chat)There seems to be a lot of debate about the top SS prospects and who will turn out to be the best. Addison Russell looks like a keeper, but how much do you see his offensive and fantasy stats being affected by his eventual home ballpark? The other top SS prospects will have seemingly better offensive environments.
(Jerry from Baltimore)
Bret Sayre and the rest of the fantasy staff are hard at work on their top 101 fantasy prospects list (seriously, the thread about it is over 60 emails long after a couple of days). That list will answer your question, or at least will offer an answer to your question. Baez seems like a good bet to be worth more in fantasy than guys like Lindor or Correa, who might be more valuable on defense. (Ben Lindbergh)
2014-02-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Addison Russell makes it up this year? If so when?
(Jon from NYC)
I have him pegged for making it up next year for good, but this year isn't out of the question. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-02-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Re: Addison Russell. do you think he comes up early enough this year to lose his rookie eligibility or is 130 ABs too high a threshold for him?
(Jon from NYC)
Interesting question, I'll say that his rookie eligibility is safe. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-01-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)If you had to pick one of Carlos Correa, Addison Russell, or Javier Baez which one would you choose?
(CharlieWerner from Manayunk Pa)
Correa. I'm a sucker for up-the-middle athletes and plate discipline. (Jeff Moore)
2014-01-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Addison Russell comp - Tulo? Jeter? better than both?
(fishersehorn31 from VA - The 540)
Addison Russell will be a really good version of Addisoin Russell. Suggesting he's going to be better than both Tulowitski and Jeter at this stage of his development is crazy talk. (Mark Anderson)
2014-01-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)When do we see Addison Russell in the majors? Do you see him as an All Star someday at a position that seems to be getting deeper?
(John from Oakland)
Russell could be up this year, as crazy as that sounds. They don't need to push him that hard, but he's forcing the issue by dominating every challenge they put in front of him. He has a chance to be one of the best players in the game. (Mark Anderson)
2014-01-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is there anything else, besides Addison Russell, worth getting excited about in the A's farm system?
(Dave from Chicago)
Wahl, Robertson and McKinney are at least intriguing guys. Ynoa is still a lot of fun to watch and has the potential to still become an interesting piece. (Mark Anderson)
2014-01-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)SS Prospect Watch: Addison Russell vs. Alen Hanson. Who has a bigger upside and who is less of a risk?
(fishersehorn31 from VA - The 540)
Russell and Russell. I like Hanson ok, but they're not in the same class. Also, there's a decent chance Hanson isn't a SS long-term. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-01-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)In Dynasty formats with a standard 5x5 who should be the first SS taken? How much do you trust Tulowitzki and Hanley? And, who has the better eyes: Bryant or Addison Russell?
(MRubio52 from Chicago)
I have recently grappled with this very question, and I think my answer is Xander Bogaerts. I believe in the bat, and he's going to start contributing right now. Hanley and Tulo both have serious injury histories. Bogaerts is going to trail those guys in production for the next couple years most likely... but I think he catches them long-term and perhaps sooner than we think. Give me Russell on the eyes. (Craig Goldstein)
2013-12-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any red flags with Addison Russell that makes you think he won't reach his ceiling?
(Jackson from Cal)
He's not from Texas. That's about it. I can't think of many weaknesses in his game that he can't overcome as he develops. (Jason Parks)
2013-11-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is it closer to a 10% or a 50% chance that Addison Russell gets a cup of coffee in Oakland next year?
(Paul from DC)
I think he plays in Oakland in 2014, quite possibly before September (Jason Parks)
2013-11-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)How good can Addison Russell be? Is he a possible 25 Homer guy at his peak? Despite his high rankings, he seems to never be talked about among elite prospects? Why is that?
(Jesse from NY)
Russell could be one of the top shortstops in baseball in a couple of years, and he has the power potential to hit 25 bombs. He may not be in Buxton's class, but there's no question he's an elite prospect. (Bret Sayre)
2013-11-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)I was surprised to see Bobby Wahl rank so high for the A's. Is that more of a function of Wahl's talent and ceiling, or the A's being nearly bereft of prospects after Addison Russell?
(John from San Francisco)
Well, he likely wouldn't be so high in most other orgs, but it's also a function of his talent and ceiling. He's a real arm and a guy to closely track in dynasty drafts beyond the first 20 picks or so. (Bret Sayre)
2013-11-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Tell me all your thoughts on Addison Russell?
(Greg from Oakland)
Russell is one of the best shortstop prospects in the game. He's got the actions, athleticism and arm to stick at the position long term. The hit and power tools are both going to play at the highest level. I think he's a potential star in the making. (Mark Anderson)
2013-10-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Another game 5 loss and it stings after knowing it was going to happen when the A's dropped game 4 in spectacularly awful fashion. I need some hope, tell me everything is going to be all right once Addison Russell makes it to the majors.
(John from San Francisco)
Russell has the potential to be a very good player at the major league level. It's probably not going to be all right, though. (Jason Parks)
2013-09-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Addison Russell stays at SS???
(Paul from DC)
I'd give him a decent chance to stick at the position. If not, I think the bat plays if he moves to either side. He's a legit prospect. (Mark Anderson)
2013-09-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Yeah, I know Buxton and Correa deserve the young love, but how good can Addison Russell be at his peak, and when do we see it?
(Mr. Mister from Oakland)
I don't think he has the same ceiling, but that's not to discount what he brings (and could bring) to the table. Depending on the source, Russell could be a 6 hit/6 power middle infielder, which makes him a monster talent. That's a very high mark to hit. I think he belongs in the discussion for top ten prospect in the game, so that should indicate how much I like his skill-set. (Jason Parks)
2013-09-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Not sure if you saw but Oakland promoted Addison Russell (among some other teammates from his Stockton Hi-A Cal League team) to AAA Sacramento for this past weekend game. What do you make of this?
(Adam from Oakland)
Nothing. (Jason Parks)
2013-08-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Addison Russell can stick at SS long-term? Is he closer to 20 or 30 HR power?
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
Can easily see plus raw power, so in that 25 range I think, and yes, has a nice chance to stick at shortstop. (Jason Cole)
2013-08-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who do you think ends up the better fantasy player: Carlos Correa or Addison Russell? Both have impressive bats. Part of the answer to the question I would think is whether both stay at short.
(John from CT)
I like Correa a little better and think he stays at short. Both discussed here today - http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=21598 (Paul Sporer)
2013-07-29 11:00:00 (link to chat)In your opinion has Addison Russell's stock risen, dropped, or stayed the same this year?
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
I actually think Addison Russell has improved his stock in 2013. The Athletics challenged him by putting him in High-A, and he has made necessary adjustments at the plate. Defensively he continues to show that should be able to stay at shortstop. (Zach Mortimer)
2013-07-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)If you are trading major league talent for prospects do you want bulk or elite. As example (from A's): Addison Russell or Sonny Gray, Michael Choice, Grant Green and Jemile Weeks.
(hknova from Hong Kong)
I wouldn't trade for Grant Green. Give me the high ceiling guys; players with impact potential. You don't fly flags because of fringy talent. Impact players make impact teams. (Jason Parks)
2013-06-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are you still as high on Addison Russell as you were pre-season?
(Mike from Oakland)
He's ranked him #11, so I would hope so. (Jason Parks on the Midseason Top 50 Prospects)
2013-06-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Will Addison Russell's first MLB game come before or after August 1, 2014?
(Chris from LA)
This is a great question. My answer is no, but if we assume he starts the 2014 season in AA and rakes, man, there is a chance. (Jason Parks on the Midseason Top 50 Prospects)
2013-06-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)I know Addison Russell is a really good propsect, but it's hard to see him raking in Double-A a year from now, no? Even with a big hot streak he's hitting .259, drawing little walks and striking out a ton.
(Lyle R. from Pittsburgh)
I think he's been fine in HIgh-A this season, despite some early struggles. I can actually see him raking in AA next season. This kid can really hit. (Jason Parks on the Midseason Top 50 Prospects)
2013-06-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'm a big Addison Russell guy. Where do you see him starting 2014 and where will he rank among prospects?
(James from San Jose)
Probably Double-A, either for the first time or to get some more experience there if he gets a promotion there later this summer for a handful of games. He should definitely be a top 100 guy barring something crazy. (Paul Sporer)
2013-06-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Before the season it was thought Addison Russell could be a sleeper to make the jump to #1 prospect in baseball as early as next year. Now that spot seems to be permanently reserved for Byron Buxton in the near future, but what has happened to Russell's stock so far this year? I know he's struggled, but is in an advanced league for his age. Is he still a potential star or has he faded a bit?
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
Yeah, it's difficult to see a scenario in which Buxton isn't the game's #1 prospect after this season. Even if Russell doesn't make that jump (which was predicted by some), it hasn't done anything to his stock. The suppressed numbers (he doesn't turn 20 until January, and he's in High-A) are keeping the overall buzz down, but there's nothing wrong with hitting .234/.324/.435 at that level and at his age right now. (Jason Cole)
2013-05-29 18:30:00 (link to chat)Who are the top 5 Shortstops for future fantasy value?
(Tim Tebow from Canada)
Hi Tim. I hope you land on your feet.

This is a pretty broad question. I'm not sure if you're talking future value among all shortstops or value among shortstops that haven't reached the Majors yet. As far as prospects go, I would go with Xander Bogaerts, Jurickson Profar, Javier Baez, Addison Russell, and Trevor Story. Keep in mind that this isn't rating best prospects but best fantasy value. Story gets a bump for potentially playing half of his games in Colorado, for example; he's not a Top 5 SS prospect based on real life value. (Mike Gianella)
2013-05-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Obviously it's hindsight now, but if you were the A's would you have put Addison Russell in High A? He's struggled so far, especially with K's, but what have you seen/heard about progress (or lack there of)?
(Paul Vilma from Oakland)
I like the fact that they challenged a gifted young player. He's going to struggle, but failure can be a good thing. Russell might not be putting up the stats, but he isn't overwhelmed, and that's the most important thing here. (Jason Parks)
2013-05-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Addison Russell in over his head at Stockton? Offensively he's drawing walks (14), but everything else seems tepid at best.
(Paul from DC)
I don't think so. He's obviously playing at a high level for a guy who just turned 19. But I haven't seen anything to suggest that he's overmatched. I wouldn't pay too much attention to first-month numbers of HS guys in full-season ball, unless it's just completely disastrous. And that hasn't been the case with Russell. (Jason Cole)
2013-05-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you have any updates on Carlos Correas developments in the Midwest league? It seems hes having contact issue by looking at his line even though its a SSS.
(John from Florida)
Correa is extremely young for a high school guy. He doesn't turn 19 until after the season ends (September 22). As I said with Addison Russell, I wouldn't overanalyze April numbers of first-year HS guys in full-season ball. Everything I've heard on Correa thus far has been positive. He has swung and missed a little, but he's also drawing walks and showing a little pop. Like Russell, nothing to suggest that he has been overmatched. (Jason Cole)
2013-04-04 11:00:00 (link to chat)Care to find the nearest crystal ball in your apt. and provide an early look at the top 10 next year?
(bmmolter from Mass.)
I can:
1. Addison Russell
2. Javier Baez
3. Taijuan Walker
4. Archie Bradley
5. Aaron Sanchez
6. Byron Buxton
7. Jameson Taillon
8. Robert Stephenson
9. Francisco Lindor
10. Austin Hedges (Jason Parks)
2013-04-04 11:00:00 (link to chat)being a bat speed junkie...how #wet does Addison Russell's bat speed make you?
(Patty from NJ)
I like it. It's not on the Baez level, but not many major league bats can stand in his cage. (Jason Parks)
2013-04-04 11:00:00 (link to chat)Are you more confident now than a year ago that Addison Russell will stick at SS? Does he have enough speed/base smarts to steal 20+ bases, at least initially?
(Vic31 from San Diego)
I dont know or care about the stolen bases, but I think he can stick at SS and I think the bat is very real. (Jason Parks)
2013-04-04 11:00:00 (link to chat)Who is better? Addison Russell or Puig?
(Mike from CA)
They aren't remotely similar. Russell is a a better shortstop and Puig is built like a linebacker and can hit bombs. (Jason Parks)
2013-03-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)This year was dubbed the year of the SS in my fantasy dynasty league. 1st rounders included: Correa, Baez, and Russell. Compare/contrast. Who'd u take in real life or for fantasy. How close are they for u in value?
(Donald Loria from Milwaukee )
I haven't read a negative thing about Addison Russell since the draft, and I believe that Jason Parks wrote at one point that he wouldn't be surprised to see him rank as the top prospect across all organizations next year. So, I'll take Russell, Correa, and Baez in that order, with a chance for Baez to eke past Correa if he stays at SS. (Daniel Rathman)
2013-03-06 20:00:00 (link to chat)Higher ceiling: Baez or Addison Russell?
(bosox9 from Illinois)
I'll answer Baez, but either way your staring at a pretty high ceiling. (Paul Singman)
2013-02-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)In a dynasty league, who should I target with the #1 prospect pick? (2012 draft guys)... thinking about Zunino or Russell
(Chris from California)
Mike Zunino is probably going to be a better real life player but I'd go with Addison Russell. Catchers tend to have a longer learning curve with the bat, and I don't like sitting through 2-3 years of a catcher growth curve. (Mike Gianella)
2013-02-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)Rank these 3-SS: Baez, Addison Russell and correa
(bosox9 from Lake villa Illinois)
It's Correa, Baez and Russell for me, though I think it's close enough and all three are far enough away that they could theoretically fall out in any permutation. (Mike Gianella)
2013-02-25 11:00:00 (link to chat)You seem to really love Addison Russell but you still have Albert Almora four spots higher. What gives Almora the edge?
(Ben from SF)
I like them both. Four spots doesn't really mean much. I might put Russell higher today; Almora higher tomorrow. (Jason Parks on the Top 101 Prospects)
2013-02-25 11:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Jason, thanks for chatting! You said that you would have Addison Russell higher in your rankings if you could re-do them. I know you hate to make a revision, but where could you see him on the list if you made this update?
(Bill Brasky from Chicago)
Easy top 20; not top ten quite yet. Chance to be in top 5 after 2013 season. (Jason Parks on the Top 101 Prospects)
2013-02-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)I've inherited a last place team in a H2H dynasty league. I have 1st pick in supplemental propsect draft(initial 5 rd prospect draft was last year so most of the usual suspects are already gone). Thoughts on Buxton and Addison Russell? Is thier ceiling worth the wait, or should I take someone closer such as Tyler Skaggs?
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
I'm super happy to answer all fantasy questions, because they're quick and fun and specific, but a caveat that if I were *actaully* making this decision for your team a) I'd want to look at a thousand variables that I am not currently privy to and b) my decision would ultimately not probably matter cause mostly this is coin flipping between comparable options.

The thing is that you really have to ask yourself how confident you are in the other league owners. If this is a league that is likely to hold on for 10 years, yes, patience is an undervalued commodity. If there's any chance at all that it's going to dissolve in three years, don't put yourself through the potential agony of watching it fold just when you're on the cusp of cashing in. (I'd probably take Russell though) (Sam Miller)
2013-03-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Doug, enjoy your work. Who do you consider having the greater upside; Jackie Bradley, Addison Russell or Mike Zunino
(dhorrell1956 from Winston-Salem, NC)
I think that Russell has the highest offensive ceiling of the group, and he has some of the greatest upside in the game if he can stick at SS. That said, the low offensive demands of catcher are such that Zunino could have the greatest impact on a future roster, especially given his defensive chops behind the dish.

On the jukebox: The Yardbirds, "Smokestack Lightning" (Doug Thorburn)
2013-02-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)I know it's not your list, but Keith Law put Addison Russell at 10 in baseball. Can you see it?
(Alex from LA)
He's top 20 for us, so yes, I can see it. If you think he sticks at SS (which I do), he might end up a 6/6 offensive talent. That's a monster talent. (Jason Parks)
2013-02-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)On Addison Russell, I'm vary wary of athletic high school shortstops after watching what's become of Tim Beckham. What separates Russell for you?
(Short Shorts from By the water)
Every player is different so every player needs to be evaluated as an individual. Beckham is Beckham and Russell is Russell. At this point, Russell is new to professional baseball, and its imposible to say with any certainty that he is anything more than a very talented shortstop prospect that has a chance to develop into a very good major league player. I like the tools and the #want. The developmental road is long and dangerous. (Jason Parks)
2013-02-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)For you, better hit/power/avg. between Carlos Correa and Addison Russell and which do you prefer long-term?
(Moon Doggie from SF)
Correa has the higher ceiling in my opinion, and I would take him over Russell. But its very close. (Jason Parks)
2013-02-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)More Addison Russell talk please. ETA - July 2014? Unreasonably optimistic?
(Paul from San Jose)
That's aggressive, man. Remember the advice delivered by the Wolf in Pulp Fiction, when the guys start to get ahead of themselves? It's good advice. Let's not start doing that quite yet. (Jason Parks)
2013-01-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Mr.Levine,can you put thes guys in order??Jose Fernandez...Salvador Perez...Albert Almora..Jorge Solar...Kyle Zimmer...Noah Syndergaaud...Allen Webster...Alen Hanson...Gregory Palanco..Aaron Sanchez...Andrew Heaney...Kevin Gausman..Addison Russell....Kyle Crick...Sean Manaea...Clint Frazier...Ryne Stanek... Thanks John
(John from Boston)
I sort of feel like this is a riddle to see if I can figure out what this list even is. What is this list? I'll go with Salvador (Sal(vy)) Perez and then the rest just for the present. (Zachary Levine)
2013-01-29 14:00:00 (link to chat)Will Francisco Lindor development into a top 10 fantasy SS in the future? Or should I look into drafting someone like Addison Russell in my dynasty league for insurance? Thanks.
(James from Cleveland)
I'm not sure Lindor has enough power to profile as an elite fantasy player, at least in the standard 5x5 format. And it can't hurt to have both of them, right? (Daniel Rathman)
2013-01-16 13:30:00 (link to chat)Mark, bridge the gap between Addison Russell and Carlos Correa. Is it really as wide as people say it is? Thanks!
(Jim from Oakland)
I'm not sure the gap is huge, Jim. The biggest gap for me is the defensive profile. I don't believe Russell will be able to stick at shortstop long term. Despite the improvements he made to his body last year, I'm not sure he can maintain that. Correa, while a big kid, is more natural at shortstop and I think he will stay there long term. In addition, Correa's natural hitting ability speaks more loudly to me, allowing his entire offensive game to show up in games. I think both can be really good players, but I will give the edge to the up-the-middle guy with fewer questions about the projection of his hit tool. (Mark Anderson)
2013-01-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)What is your assessment of Addison Russell?
(Matt from Oakland)
Addy Russell was an early favorite for me when I saw him as an underclassman. Over the summer in 2011 he had thickened and lost some range, but maintained his athleticism. He proceeded to slim down between the fall and the 2012 draft, which allowed a shortstop projection, long term. I'm not convinced the body doesn't naturally fill out a wide frame as he finishes maturing, but his athleticism should allow him to stay at short for a while. Good get for Oakland. (Nick Faleris)
2013-01-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)If the 2012 draft were re-held today, do you think Addison Russell would go higher than 11? I saw him in rookie ball and while I'm no pro scout, I think it's possible that he ends up the best player of that draft class - ridiculous athlete.
(Kyle from AZ)
I think he went right around where he should have gone. You can certainly make a case for him in the top 10, though, and it wouldn't be a shock if he ends up as the 2012 draftee with the best pro career. (Nick Faleris)
2012-12-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)You would be a flawless 5-tool talent if you weren't a Tottenham supporter. Is Jorge to blame for this? Also, how large is the gap between Carlos Correa and Addison Russell in terms of ceiling?
(Gene from LA)
Jorge is to blame for a lot of things, but my support of Spurs is not one of them. I think Correa's ceiling is higher than Russell, but I really like Russell, especially after receiving good reports on his ability to stick at SS (Jason Parks)
2012-10-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who is the odds on favorite to establish himself as the number one prospect in baseball 12 months from now? The guy who could make the big leap in 2013. Miguel Sano, Francisco Lindor, Addison Russell all come to mind.
(Patrick from Boston)
Lindor if the bat explodes, but I don't really see it happening like that. I think it will be a tools freak that happens to put it together. Those are the #1 types. Like if a guy like Buxton or Starling explode. (Jason Parks)
2012-10-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Have you seen Addison Russell play? Any thoughts on him based on your observations or from talks with others in the know?
(Hoegaarden from San Jose, CA)
Yes. He's very, very good. He can really swing it. Very instinctual hitter. (Jason Parks)
2012-10-16 14:00:00 (link to chat)After Profar, rank in hotness the next level of upcoming minor league short stops from a list of Francisco Lindor, Addison Russell, Javier Baez, Hak-Ju Lee, Trevor Story, and Carlos Correa.
(Paul from DC)
Baez, Lindor, Russell, Story, Correa, Lee, but I'm assuming you're asking me to rank them purely be physical attractiveness. (Ben Lindbergh)


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