Friday, March 11, 2016

Addison Russell

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.

On April 21, 2015, Russell was called up to the 25-man roster to play second base against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. On May 1, 2015, Russell hit his first career home run off of Wily Peralta in a 1-0 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. 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. 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.

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