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Birth Date1-23-1994
Height6' 0"
Weight200 lbs
Age25 years, 8 months, 28 days
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

2015 CHN 21 142 523 115 29 1 13 42 149 3 4 3 .242 .307 .389 82 -9.2 -1.7 4.4 1.0
2016 CHN 22 151 598 125 25 3 21 55 135 12 5 1 .238 .321 .417 92 -4.4 -0.2 3.6 2.4
2017 CHN 23 110 385 84 21 3 12 29 91 4 2 1 .239 .304 .418 85 -5.9 -0.3 3.4 1.4
2018 CHN 24 130 465 105 21 1 5 40 99 2 4 0 .250 .317 .340 81 -9.3 -0.8 1.2 1.0
2019 CHN 25 82 241 51 4 1 9 20 58 3 2 0 .237 .308 .391 84 -4.0 0.0 3.3 0.7

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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2012 BUR A MID 16 66 .249 .322 .370 .383 103 2.7 1.9 0.9 118 0 1.5 1.5 1.3 0.7
2012 VER A- NYP 13 57 .244 .304 .340 .436 87 5.2 1.6 0.6 163 0 0.0 0.2 3.3 0.6
2012 ATH Rk AZL 26 121 .276 .343 .411 .494 100 19.2 3.7 1 213 0 -2.5 3.2 15.5 2.0
2013 STO A+ CAL 107 504 .261 .335 .418 .338 91 39.1 14.8 6.5 144 0 -3.9 1.0 11.2 3.0
2013 SAC AAA PCL 3 13 .267 .332 .425 .250 83 -3.2 0.4 0.1 -12 0 0.1 0.7 -1.7 0.0
2014 STO A+ CAL 5 18 .252 .325 .406 .300 97 -1.8 0.5 0.1 52 0 0.3 -0.1 -1.3 0.0
2014 MID AA TEX 13 57 .248 .319 .363 .385 102 2.8 1.6 0.4 154 0 -0.9 -0.3 2.2 0.3
2014 TEN AA SOU 50 205 .257 .323 .384 .306 102 9 5.6 2.4 131 0 5.5 0.2 3.6 1.8
2015 CHN MLB NL 142 523 .254 .316 .399 .324 92 -1.6 14.1 2.1 82 7 4.4 -1.7 -9.2 1.0
2015 IOW AAA PCL 11 46 .274 .327 .415 .351 84 2 1.3 0.3 101 0 -0.7 -0.8 -0.7 -0.1
2016 CHN MLB NL 151 598 .259 .326 .424 .277 90 9.8 16.9 7.7 92 6 3.6 -0.2 -4.4 2.4
2017 CHN MLB NL 110 385 .256 .325 .428 .289 98 -2.2 11.3 5 85 10 3.4 -0.3 -5.9 1.4
2017 IOW AAA PCL 1 3 .280 .337 .440 .500 90 0.3 0.1 0 103 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2018 CHN MLB NL 130 465 .250 .320 .413 .314 98 -4.6 13.0 5.9 81 8 1.2 -0.8 -9.3 1.0
2019 CHN MLB NL 82 241 .245 .316 .419 .280 98 -5.8 7.3 0.7 84 11 3.3 0.0 -4.0 0.7
2019 IOW AAA PCL 27 119 .270 .361 .462 .294 95 10 3.9 0.8 114 0 2.1 -0.1 2.5 0.8

Statistics For All Levels

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2012 VER A- NYP 57 53 9 18 2 2 1 27 7 4 13 2 0 .340 .386 .509 .170 0 0
2012 ATH Rk AZL 121 106 29 44 4 5 6 76 29 14 23 9 1 .415 .488 .717 .302 0 0
2012 BUR A MID 66 58 8 18 4 2 0 26 9 5 12 5 1 .310 .369 .448 .138 1 1
2013 STO A+ CAL 504 429 85 118 29 10 17 218 60 61 116 21 3 .275 .377 .508 .233 3 0
2013 SAC AAA PCL 13 13 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 9 0 0 .077 .077 .077 .000 0 0
2014 MID AA TEX 57 48 7 16 3 1 1 24 8 8 8 3 2 .333 .439 .500 .167 0
2014 TEN AA SOU 205 194 32 57 11 0 12 104 36 9 35 2 2 .294 .332 .536 .242 0
2014 STO A+ CAL 18 16 0 3 0 0 0 3 1 2 6 1 0 .188 .278 .188 .000 0
2015 CHN MLB NL 523 475 60 115 29 1 13 185 54 42 149 4 3 .242 .307 .389 .147 2 1
2015 IOW AAA PCL 46 44 7 14 4 0 1 21 9 1 7 1 0 .318 .326 .477 .159 1 0
2016 CHN MLB NL 598 525 67 125 25 3 21 219 95 55 135 5 1 .238 .321 .417 .179 6 0
2017 IOW AAA PCL 3 3 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 .333 .333 .667 .333 0 0
2017 CHN MLB NL 385 352 52 84 21 3 12 147 43 29 91 2 1 .239 .304 .418 .179 0 0
2018 CHN MLB NL 465 420 52 105 21 1 5 143 38 40 99 4 0 .250 .317 .340 .090 2 1
2019 IOW AAA PCL 119 96 25 27 6 0 7 54 26 14 25 1 2 .281 .387 .563 .281 4 0
2019 CHN MLB NL 241 215 25 51 4 1 9 84 23 20 58 2 0 .237 .308 .391 .153 2 1

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2015 2144 0.4739 0.4785 0.6852 0.6594 0.3156 0.8060 0.4579 0.3148 0.0120
2016 2304 0.4735 0.5004 0.7069 0.7113 0.3108 0.8041 0.5066 0.2931 0.0000
2017 1479 0.4828 0.4990 0.7236 0.6821 0.3281 0.8049 0.5657 0.2764 0.0000
2018 1837 0.4741 0.4758 0.7277 0.6693 0.3012 0.8405 0.5017 0.2723 0.0000
2019 931 0.4866 0.4855 0.7013 0.6424 0.3368 0.8076 0.5093 0.2987 0.0000

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

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 - -


Year Team Salary
2019 CHN $
2018 CHN $3,200,000
2017 CHN $644,000
2016 CHN $527,000
2015 CHN $
3 yrPrevious$4,371,000
3 yrTotal$4,371,000


Service TimeAgentContract Status
3 y 167 dBoras Corp.1 year/$4.3M (2019)

  • 1 year/$4.3M (2019). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 1/11/19 (avoided arbitration). Roster bonuses: $0.1M each for 30, 60, 90, 120 days on active Major League roster. $0.2M for 150 days.
  • 1 year/$3.2M (2018). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 1/12/18 (avoided arbitration). Placed on restricted list 9/21/18 (domestic violence investigation).
  • 1 year/$0.644M (2017). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 3/17.
  • 1 year/$0.527M (2016). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 3/4/16.
  • 1 year (2015). Contract selected by Chicago Cubs 4/21/15.
  • 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).

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

90o 53 12 3 0 1 5 11 0 0 .255 .340 .383 109 0.0 SS 0, 0.0
80o 35 8 2 0 1 3 8 0 0 .258 .324 .419 102 0.0 SS 0, 0.0
70o 22 5 1 0 1 2 5 0 0 .250 .318 .450 96 0.0 SS 0, 0.0
60o 11 3 1 0 0 1 3 0 0 .300 .364 .400 92 0.0 SS 0, 0.0
50o 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 88 0.0 SS 0, 0.0
Weighted Mean410000100.333.333.333890.0SS 0,0.0

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2019-05-06 23:45:00 (link to chat)I got pounded on another chat recently for suggesting that the Orioles might be able to buy low and acquire Addison Russell for their talent-starved roster. Please note, I am not defending anything Russell has done. His behavior has been disgusting on every level. However, he won't be kicked out of the league, even if we think he should be. So, if we can agree on that point...the Cubs don't need him (probably don't even want him) and the Orioles are desperate for young talent. Maybe Givens for Russell?
(Buddy from Peoria, IL)
On a sheet of notebook paper that looks all well and good and sure, yeah, those mutual needs make sense. But there are (rightly) auxiliary considerations and fallout for making moves in the real world, and the Orioles would (rightly) get killed for making that deal. You don't do what Addison Russell did. If you do, you gotta run through a fuckin' *much* more vigorous penance process than that dude has to date. It would be a really shitty thing for baseball if someone went out and paid for that dude. And the 26th-ranked motley crew of diehards still turning out to attend Orioles games shouldn't have to justify rooting for that shit, that's really unfair to them. (Wilson Karaman)
2019-05-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you even want to hazard a take on the Julio UrĂ­as debacle, or leave it to others? If so, do you believe there is a path back to him playing for the Dodgers, let alone a path that creates a safe path forward for the victim of his alleged actions? Chad Moriyama had a few good thoughts on it in this thread on twitter: Guess I'm just trying to grapple with my uncomfortable feeling of being worried about how badly the Dodgers might mangle this situation.
(mevans93308 from California)
Sure, I think we should all be up front in addressing these as best we can, but I will also acknowledge that while I endeavor to educate myself in these areas as best I can, there is always always more I can learn and I am more than receptive to additional POVs that can help me grow in understanding these situations.

I think there is a path to him coming back, but it involves Julio Urias actually addressing the issues at hand. It involves him understanding what he's done and why it happens, and the situation it puts both him and the women he's involved with, in. Part of the problem with Addison Russell's return has been that he's never really acknowledged what he's done or shown any remorse except for the difficulty it has cause _him_ personally. There's been no ownership of his behavior and the damage he's caused others and how his stress levels at the time or whatever he might claim aren't exculpatory in any way. Julio Urias needs to own his actions and the repercussions they've caused and work to make sure he never enacts them or anything like them again, even when he's frustrated or under stress or anything else. Once that work and understanding is visible to those around him and hopefully the public, then there's a path forward.

The hard part is that we have to take the words of the org in terms of "those around him" and orgs don't really get the benefit of the doubt on these issues anymore because they haven't earned it. (Craig Goldstein)
2019-05-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)I know it wouldn't be a popular PR move, but if you're the Orioles why not take a swing at acquiring Addison Russell? I'll be they could get him for pennies on the dollar.
(Buddy from Peoria, IL)
Maybe because he hasn't really shown any contrition and has taken almost every opportunity to frame this around his struggles? That's not the answer you want but I'm also not going to entertain the notion of acquiring this guy as a positive just because you can leverage the fact that he's been a bad person in the past into some sort on-field surplus value crap.

It'd also be great if we didn't frame this around "PR." That distances it from the actual issues at hand. The "bad PR" is driven by the bad actions. Let's focus on those and in so doing, answer our own question. (Craig Goldstein)
2018-02-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Just wanted to get your thoughts on both Addison Russell and JP Crawford long term. Thanks
(Rick from Chicago)
Long term, in deeper leagues, they're both great options. You just can't assume the high ceiling they had as we drooled about them in their prospect rankings. Addy hasn't shown a lot of obvious growth lately, but he's a solid enough power bat on a good team. I'm a little more wary of Crawford, but he provides speed and takes walks to get on base for chances, so we'll see. You could do worse, but there are a lot of guys I'd rank ahead of them. See my 3-year rankings from earlier in this offseason. (Kevin Jebens)
2018-02-13 20:00:00 (link to chat)Where are you on the future offensive production of young SS's Addison Russell and Dansby Swanson? What sort power/average for each in 2018?
(rrydelek from Moon)
I still have faith in Russell's power; I wonder about the batting average. He's really young and had a shoulder injury last year that no one seems to talk about.

Swanson is better than he showed last year, but I wonder how much his value will ever translate to fantasy. He's a pure hitter at his best and I could see him hitting .300, but the power probably won't exceed 15-20 home runs. And he was a complete mess last year, so I don't know when this production is coming if ever. (Mike Gianella)
2017-10-06 19:30:00 (link to chat)Is Addison Russell the Cubs future short stop or would they benefit for trading for a prospect like Wander Javier (who seems like a perfect fit in Chicago)?
(Dusty from Colorado )
I think the Cubs are content to roll with Russell for the foreseeable future. With the hitters with whom they've surrounded Russell, they don't necessarily need an impact bat at the position, and the 23-year-old is a Gold Glove-caliber player. Plus, Russell does have some good pop in his bat and will likely improve on this year's meager numbers.

On the other end of the equation is the fact that the Cubs have little to trade away at this point except a couple of unattractive veterans. Ben Zobrist wouldn't fetch much on the trade market, and there aren't many other tradeable players on the club. So yes, while all of you weirdos with your Wander Javier questions are cute, there's zero chance the Cubs pick him up. Go see Jeff Paternostro's various comments. (Zachary Moser)
2017-08-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Matt, how as the 2017 iteration of the Cubs altered your view of the team going forward?
(mattymatty2000 from Portland)
Relatively little. I've been working not to cling to closely to my priors when baseball surprises me, but unless Addison Russell really gets derailed (either by off-field stuff or by injuries), I think this team is every bit as good as we thought it was five months ago. It's just been a weird year filled with growing pains for many of them. (Matthew Trueblood)
2017-08-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who's real, who's fake? clear up the picture for us, what teams make the playoffs?
(jabuc47 from your backyard)
Alright, let's close with this. My predictions for the rest of the season:

AL division winners: Red Sox, Cleveland, Astros
NL: Nats, Cubs, Dodgers

AL Coin Flip Game: Yankees over Twins
NL: Diamondbacks over Brewers

ALDS: Astros over Yankees, Cleveland over Red Sox
NLDS: Dodgers over Diamondbacks, Cubs over Nats

ALCS: Astros over Cleveland
NLCS: Cubs over Dodgers

World Series: Cubs over Astros

Call me a homer, I don't care. This is an honest prognostication. (It changes, some, if Addison Russell doesn't make it back for them.) (Matthew Trueblood)
2017-07-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who will finish with the better career: Gleyber Torres or Addison Russell?
(number1beepsfan from St. Louis)
I'm going to proceed assuming Torres recovers from his non-throwing arm UCL tear for the purposes of this question. Russell is the safer bet, certainly, as he's already demonstrated that he can handle MLB pitching and I'm a little skeptical of Torres staying at short. Russell also got raced to the majors in part because of his defense and sometimes those guys can develop more with the bat after presenting a seemingly steady level of production--thinking of say, Adrian Beltre or Elvis Andrus.

I'm going to go with Gleyber just because he hasn't failed yet and he likely has a higher upside at the plate. (Nick Schaefer)
2017-06-13 12:00:00 (link to chat)Kyle Schwarber and Addison Russell aren't really this bad are they? I like when they play well more than when they don't play well
(Swagger Leslie from Hell )
No, they're not this bad, but Schwarber is a good reminder of the Aaron Judge hype train situation. As is Greg Bird a bit. Obviously injuries play a part in both situations, but these guys aren't concrete, finished products just because they're crushing for a while. (Craig Goldstein)
2017-03-29 14:00:00 (link to chat)Which player makes a quantum leap from being good to great this year?
(Buddy from Peoria, IL)
I want to say Alex Bregman because I'm hoping it's true for my fantasy team, but I'll go with my gut and say Addison Russell. Obviously, 3.9 fWAR is good, and he was solid last year for the Cubs. But I think he's tinkering with his launch angle (see previous skeptical post about launch angles), and he has power potential yet given his youth. If he can add pop to his repertoire, that would be something special. (Trevor Strunk)
2017-02-13 20:00:00 (link to chat)Would you trade Moncada for Addison Russell?
(Choppers, from Thunder)
Probably not, only because I would expect at least one of the owners in my league to be enough of a prospect chaser to offer a lot more than that for Moncada. (Scooter Hotz)
2017-01-18 20:00:00 (link to chat)I'm trying to choose 3 of these guys to keep in my OBP Keeper League: Addison Russell, Jackie Bradley (his CF eligibility makes him more valuable in my league), Hanley Ramirez, Gerrit Cole, Alex Reyes, Danny Salazar. Any suggestions?
(mattstupp from NYC)
Russell, Hanley and Reyes (by a nose over Cole). (Bret Sayre)
2016-09-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)What's your best guess as to when Franklin Barreto arrives in the majors? And will it be with A's or will they trade him off in they are in contention next year ala Addison Russell?
(JM from CT)
I'm horrible at guessing these, but I'd assume next year. AAA at the point in the year he moved up seems to me to be a "let's see if he can sustain it" gamble heading into 2017. If he keeps hitting in camp, I can't imagine they leave him down any longer than service time would dictate.

That said, will he start? I'm not sure -- I'd assume if he was up, he'd be up to play, but I've been wrong there too. The luster kind of wore off Marcus Semien, but he's still a contributor, and I doubt the A's are looking to move on from him incredibly quickly. That said, Joey Wendle might be more of a bench piece, and if they're competitive, they might want to have Barreto and Semien play together in the middle infield by moving Semien to 2nd. I could definitely see it.

Also, here's my sports radio guy coming out: no way they do another high profile SS trade any time soon after Russell. Beane seemed to have worked out an exciting Cal-League mirage trading loophole, but that one bit him very badly. (Trevor Strunk)
2016-09-07 19:00:00 (link to chat)Which prospect are you most proud you got right, and which did you completely whiff on?
(Lemon Lyman from NYC)
Of recent guys, I really believed in Lindor's bat and defense and I feel really good about him turning out to be a superstar and not just a glove and singles dude. I also thought Addison Russell profiled best at second base. Whoops. (Jarrett Seidler)
2016-08-24 20:00:00 (link to chat)Rank you top 5 fantasy SS's over the next 3 years.
(Dave from Boston)
1. Corey Seager, 2. Carlos Correa, 3. Xander Bogaerts, 4. Francisco Lindor, 5. Addison Russell. If you started the clock three years from now, or moved the time frame a few years farther out, I'd probably find a way to get Franklin Barreto on that list. I love that dude. (Scooter Hotz)
2016-08-24 20:00:00 (link to chat)Addison Russell has shown slow but steady (?) progress from his age 21 to age 22 seasons. As he's already muscling the ball more this year and swiping bags will never be his thing, it seems an improved batting average would be the place to up the value of his offensive package in the future. Does he have the tools for making that happen sooner, later, or never?
(Paul from DC)
Translating this into the format that most of these chat questions, I'd say Sooner is the most likely outcome, then Later, then a big cliff, then Never. I like Russell, and I think he'll be even better next year, even if the HR plateau or finish slightly lower due to improvements in the rest of his line. (Scooter Hotz)
2016-06-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)Is it to early to give up on Addison Russell?
(Paul from Not Sure)
It's way too early to give up on a talented player like Addison Russell. Not all young players come up to the bigs and dominate like some of the other Cubs lately. Just trust the #process. (James Fisher)
2016-06-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)I think Addison Russell is the best short stop in the national league. you? Also, Kris Bryant is really, really solid. Im all about his swing. So pure
(BC from Urbandale)
My first thought was this can't be true. Then I thought it might be true. I think it's Corey Seager, amazingly enough. (Christopher Crawford)
2016-06-16 21:00:00 (link to chat)Wondering what you think about trading Addison Russell for Profar in a 16-tm mixed league dynasty? I don't need SS eligibility as I have Bogaerts so this is really a straight up bat to bat comparison. Who wins?
(Jake from Kalamazoo)
I'm as much of a Profar supporter as anyone, but I'd still take Russell there. (Bret Sayre)
2016-06-16 21:00:00 (link to chat)How good could Amed Rosario be in fantasy? I remember seeing "Poor Mans Addison Russell"
(Keith Hernandez from Jerry Seinfeld's apartment )
Has the upside to be a five-category contributor who slides easily into the top-10 at shortstop. Don't sleep on his bat. (Bret Sayre)
2016-06-21 20:00:00 (link to chat)Is it to early to give up on Addison Russell?
(Jake from Chicago )
Absolutely not. I love Addison Russell. He's a 22-year-old shortstop with more than a full season in the majors already. (Scooter Hotz)
2016-05-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)Deadline day.....Whats a realistic return for Cash Man to get for Chapman at the deadline? Russell or Baez too rich? Soler not enough? Another team out there that makes more sense?
(Me from Here)
You're not getting Addison Russell or Javy Baez for a few months of Arolids Chapman. Come on, man. Be realistic. As for other teams... cross-town trades are few and far between, but man he really makes sense for the Mets. Put Chapman on the Mets and they become an even scarier team in the playoffs.

Alright, that just about wraps it up, folks. It's been a lot of fun and I hope that I didn't bungle too many of your questions. Hopefully we can do this again soon! (Nicolas Stellini)
2016-05-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)First of all, this is just a for fun question. If the Nationals were going to try and trade Harper, which teams have the horses to land him? Cubs? Giants? Dodgers? For the Cubs example, who all would it take to get Harper?
(BC from Urbandale)
I just tried to trade Mike Trout, now I gotta try and trade Bryce Harper? FUN FOR WHO? FUN FOR WHO???

I'd want Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, an early viewing of Episode VIII, and a dune buggy that shoots fire. (Christopher Crawford)
2016-05-26 19:00:00 (link to chat)What kind of player do you think Amed Rosario could be in a fantasy sense?
(Walter Sobchak from LA)
He could be a poor man's Addison Russell in terms of his ceiling. Realistically, you're probably looking at a shortstop in the top half at his peak. (Mike Gianella)
2016-05-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Amed Rosario potential?
(JR from Boston)
Tremendous. Less than Addison Russell, but he has all the tools. (Jim Walsh)
2016-04-14 20:00:00 (link to chat)Dynasty pick 2 between Addison Russell, Corey Seager, and Eugenio Suarez. Thanks.
(Alex from CA)
Easy call. Russell and Seager. They're both worth massively more than Suarez. (Scooter Hotz)
2016-03-09 19:00:00 (link to chat)In a 12-team dynasty league with OPS, do you trade Tulo for Addison Russell, even if your team is in contention?
(Brady from my desk)
Yes. You lose a little in that format, but the injury risk with Troy Tulowitzki is high enough that I take the plunge. Love Addi. (Mike Gianella)
2016-03-14 14:30:00 (link to chat)12-team, 5x5 rotiere, dynasty format... Really struggling with what to do with Addison Russell. I have a couple offers out there with him involved, one for Sonny Gray, another for Benintendi and A. Espinoza. Really, my question is: What do you project of him in the future? I see a lot of potential, but also a young, unproven guy that might be stuck at the bottom of the lineup for a few years... Please help
(Theo Epstein from Wrigley)
He's a better real life player than fantasy asset, which makes him a decent trade chip. If you have cover at short and need pitching for a title run, Sonny Gray's don't grow on trees. (Brendan Gawlowski)
2016-02-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Matthew. I gave up Addison Russell and Colin McHugh for Joey Gallo. I am telling everyone in my league that Gallo is going to be a star but I am starting to realize Gallo strikes out a lot. Like a REAL lot. Please help me.
(Chewy from Wegmans Cafe)
It's too late for you, you traded Addi. (Matthew Trueblood)
2016-01-29 11:00:00 (link to chat)How would Addison Russell and Rougned Odor rank on this list? Both are extremely young to be in the MLB and I feel people are forgetting them since they aren't prospects anymore.
(Babyfarts Mcgeezack from 412)
These are somewhat difficult for me to answer as this was truly a group effort and I can't speak to how others would change their lists with these guys eligible (or ostensibly, everyone eligible who would make these guys eligible). It's also a bit unfair, as we have an idea of what Odor/Russell can do in extended auditions at the MLB level whereas that's generally not the case for anyone else eligible for prospect lists. I don't think anyone is forgetting about either guy, in all honesty. Also love your username. (Top 101 Chat with Craig Goldstein)
2015-10-19 19:00:00 (link to chat)In your Tout Wars season. If you made 1 draft mistake, what was it? And if you made 1 in season mistake, what was it?
(JoelNick11 from Indiana)
My big auction mistake was purchasing Ryu for $11, not because of the injury news (which was positive the morning of the auction) but because it hindered me later and kept me away from pitchers like DeSclafani, who I liked, and other cheap pitchers who would have been better to speculate on than the $11 Ryu. It also kept me from buying some slightly more expensive fliers on the hitters side. Based on when I purchased him, the timing was bad.

It didn't hurt me, but trading Addison Russell and Jeremy Hellickson for Shelby Miller was awful, particularly because I was gunning for wins. Never trade for pitcher wins. It almost never works out. (Tout Wars Champ Mike Gianella)
2015-09-30 19:00:00 (link to chat)I figured this is one of a lot the same question, but I have to ask - what's going on with Buxton at the plate?
(Jimmy from stpaul)
I have to think that the injuries have disrupted his seasons every year and haven't allowed for him to get into a proper flow. Some guys struggle early and then find a groove, Addison Russell was abysmal the first half of the year and found success in the second half. Buxton had an injury this year and didn't really get to adjust like Russell has. I'm not worried about his skills. (Mauricio Rubio)
2015-09-30 19:00:00 (link to chat)Who has the brighter future, Addison Russell or Joey Gallo?
(ColeWhittier from Pasadena, CA)
Speaking of Russell this right here is a fascinating question that comes down to how much you believe in their respective bats and defensive profiles. At their respective ceilings I would value Gallo of Russell ever so slightly, at their most likely outcomes I'd go Russell by a similarly thin margin. (Mauricio Rubio)
2015-09-21 20:30:00 (link to chat)We all know Carlos Correa is the best defensive shortstop in the game. But how close or I guess how far behind that title is Addison Russell?
(BC from Urbandale)
We do? Correa is noticeably behind Russell defensively for me, but I'm assuming you meant Francisco Lindor. (Bret Sayre)
2015-09-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)In a 10 team H2H ESPN keeper league, I can keep either Addison Russell or Corey Seager. What do I do???
(Dale Sveum from Gainesville)
It depends a little bit on keeper parameters (length of contract, inflation, etc), but at this point I would go with Seager. I think that he'll have the job next year, and Russell hasn't hit well enough to climb out of the nine-hole in Joe Maddon's lineup. (Doug Thorburn)
2015-08-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Please rank the following by real life value: Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber, Addison Russell, the St. Louis Cardinals.
(Best Fans from Baseball)
Bryant, Cardinals, Russell, Schwarber.

Kris Bryant is still everything. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-07-23 17:00:00 (link to chat)If you were the Cubs who would you target in free agency? Also at the end of the season --barring injury-- who do you see playing 2nd and SS for the Cubs? Thanks.
(Ryan Rust from Edmond, Oklahoma )
If Kyle Schwarber moves to left field as many expect, it doesn't seem like they have a lot of holes. Dexter Fowler is a free agent so they'll need a center fielder. My guess is that the Cubs bring in someone on a one or two-year deal to fill that as opposed to a big time acquisition like Jason Heyward and then bring in an arm to try to help on the back end of the rotation.

If I had to guess, it's going to be Javier Baez and Addison Russell up the middle. Starlin Castro gets traded this winter.

It's fun guessing when I have zero inside information as to what really will happen. (Mike Gianella)
2015-07-23 17:00:00 (link to chat)In a dynasty league, is trading Syndergaard for Addison Russell and a few minor pieces a good idea?
(Behemoth from Far Away)
If you have the pitching depth, it's OK. I see a lot of growth in Russell, and some of those doubles are going to start clearing the fence at Wrigley (and on the road too, duh Mike) as he gets gets older/stronger. I am guilty of being a bit of a Russell fanboy, though, so it is possible that I have the blinders on. It's tough to trade the guy who is doing it (mostly) already for the guy with potential so it depends on what the minor pieces are. (Mike Gianella)
2015-07-23 17:00:00 (link to chat)Which prospect (promoted during 2015 season) has surprised you the most? Which has been the most disappointing?
(rob from Chicago)
I knew he was good, but I'm amazed that Carlos Correa at such a young age pretty much hasn't missed a beat. I'm not disappointed by him given his age, but from a fantasy perspective I was hoping for a little more from Addison Russell with the bat. (Mike Gianella)
2015-07-23 17:00:00 (link to chat)Points league 20 keeper forever. Addison Russell or Lucas Giolito?
(Bob from Usa)
It's close because in real life I like Giolito's ceiling better but I still have to go with the hitter. Lean Russell. (Mike Gianella)
2015-07-23 17:00:00 (link to chat)Rank these Theo Epstein trade fleecings: 1. Rangers - 2 trades (recevied Hendricks, Villanueva, Edwards, Grimm, Ramirez, and Olt for Dempster and Garza rentals (resulted in 0 WS)). 2. Orioles (received Jake Arrieta, Pedro Strop, and international bonus money for Scott Feldman and Steve Clevenger. 3. A's (received Addison Russell (!), Billy McKinney, and Dan Straily for Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel (who promptly returned to Cubs in FA)). Also, are you still a little in shock that Billy Beane traded Addison Russell?
(Mark from Bleacher Nation)
That's a fun question.

The Arrieta trade, the Russell trade, and the Rangers trade. I was not in shock about it (nothing Beane does is on the shock level) but I was very surprised. (Mike Gianella)
2015-06-30 19:00:00 (link to chat)Can you imagine a world where this is a theoretical thought? "3 way trade, Cubs get Matz, Rockies get Addison Russell, Mets get Tulo and Kris Bryant and Starlin Castro and Jorge Soler and Kyle Schwarber"
(Brandon from Chicago)
I can imagine it, but that world would have to include a scenario where the Wilpons never got involved financially with Bernie Madoff. It would also require some kind of scenario where Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer don't exist and the Cubs are being run by a caller from a sports talk show because he won some kind of crazy contest. So, yes, I can imagine it, but I have a vivid imagination and am a silly human being. It probably won't happen. (Mike Gianella)
2015-06-30 19:00:00 (link to chat)In today's face-paced, instant gratification world.... Everyone wants immediate results. Name some younger players we should be patient on for rest of this year or future years. (ie- Pittsburgh fans ready to get rid of Polanco)
(Bart Bennison from Staring at my bobbleheads)
Not that anyone is bailing, but Addison Russell is going to be better offensively than he has thus far. I have been down on Adam Eaton for years, but the moderate power he has shown has been encouraging, relatively speaking. Now if only he'd run again. (Mike Gianella)
2015-05-26 19:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat, Mike. When will we get to see Carlos Correa here in Houston?? Any concerns on your part about whether he's being rushed??
(Billy from Houston)
Mid-July, but as we saw with a stud like Addison Russell, the top guys force the timetable. I'm not too concerned. He might not hit a ton right away, but he'll hold his own. I think the Astros know what they're doing on this one. (Mike Gianella)
2015-05-26 19:00:00 (link to chat)Hey mike, 8 team NL only league, 5x5 roto. I'm in last place and struggling with injuries. I have an offer where I would get Jhonny Peralta and Jay Bruce for pence. My shortstops are either Owings or Addison Russell, neither has been very good. Is it worth giving up Pence for those 2 guys? Bruce has been pretty bad too. Thanks
(ganz1080 from CT)
I'd do that. I like Pence, but I think you're getting a lot of value back. Bruce will hit enough to make it worth it in that format. (Mike Gianella)
2015-04-29 20:00:00 (link to chat)Who is the better Dynasty 2B, Addison Russell or Devon Travis?
(Silverback38 from VA)
Oh come on. Really? (Bret Sayre)
2015-04-13 15:00:00 (link to chat)Could you make the argument Cubs fans should be more upset if Addison Russell isn't up by June, than Kris Bryant missing 7 games? He is clearly better defensively, and has more quality ABs in one game than Castro does all year...
(msimotes from Kalamazoo)
Nope. Too many assumptions being made here. I've talked to plenty of scouts who don't believe Russell sticks at short. I personally believe he does, but that doesn't mean he's "clearly better defensively." Not really sure how that narrative got started. Castro started slow last year - I mean he looked awful early on - and had a great season at the plate. Try not to overreact to the first year, Castro has established himself at the plate, we have no idea how Russell will do in the big. I'm optimistic, but that doesn't mean we should cast Castro aside and forget how good he's become. (Sahadev Sharma)
2015-03-11 12:00:00 (link to chat)What prospects/rookies (non-Red Sox) are you keeping your eye on the most this year?
(Mike from DC)
I think Addison Russell will be the best player in baseball soon. (Jim Walsh)
2015-03-29 14:00:00 (link to chat)Best of the bunch - Addison Russell, Dahl, or Clint Frazier?
(Team Theo from Cubdom)
Likely Russell. I love Dahl but Addi has a higher floor. Hard to best against a sure-fire big leaguer when the other two guys you listed will start the year in A ball. Dahl does have a higher ceiling but not by a ton. (Ryan Parker)
2015-02-04 19:00:00 (link to chat)Cubs SS in 2016?
(cubglen from milwaukee)
Vegas style odds: -110 Addison Russell, +175 Starlin Castro, +600 Javier Baez, and not Yoan Moncada (Jordan Gorosh)
2015-01-28 19:00:00 (link to chat)Where do you think Addison Russell will be in 2015? AAA/MLB or AA/AAA Is he a future 65 OFP
(kershawsleftarm from Cali)
Russell has obvious talent but at this point we do have to say "pending health" when it comes to his projections. So, pending health I think he's at the MLB level at some point after June this year. The ceiling is high, 65 is about right. If you buy into the hit and power you're looking at a shortstop who can potentially hit 290+ with 25+ HR. (Mauricio Rubio)
2015-01-28 19:00:00 (link to chat)In a keeper OBP league, how would you rank Addison Russell, Joey Gallo, and Jorge Soler?
(Dennis from LA)
Russell Gallo and then Soler with Gallo gaining quickly. (Mauricio Rubio)
2015-01-28 19:00:00 (link to chat)Addison Russell or Corey Seager in an OBP league?
(dennis from la)
Russell by a hair. (Mauricio Rubio)
2015-01-28 19:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Mau, thanks for the chat. Who do you prefer in a keeper league that uses OBP instead of BA (with R, HR, RBI, SB being the other cats), Jorge Soler or Addison Russell? What can we expect from these guys at their peak? Finally, do you like Soler and Russell over Joey Gallo and Miguel Sano?
(Dennis from LA)
1. Russell
2. Russell: .280~ with potential for 20 HR, Soler .270~ with potential for 30 HR
3. I prefer Gallo and Sano here. (Mauricio Rubio)
2015-01-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)I know it's the NL West top 10s, but I was wondering if you could answer a question about the Cubs top 10. My apologies for asking as it's in the wrong chat, but I missed the other one and didn't know how else to contact you guys. Quick question though, but why Addison Russell over Kris Bryant? I thought Bryant would be a lock for #1 on the Cubs stacked prospect list, but Russell was #1. I know Russell is great, but it sort of surprised me when Bryant wasn't #1. What's your reasoning for putting Russell over Bryant? Thanks guys, and sorry again about putting this in the wrong chat.
(Keith from Florida)
No worries -- we lined these chats up to coincide with the completion of divisional lists, but anything and everything is fair game.

With regards to Bryant/Russell my ranking decision came down to my belief that Russell was a legit hit/power offensive threat and that he was going to produce while being able to stick at shortstop. Even with Bryant's massive power and capable glove, I think the profile is less dynamic and there is a greater risk that he falls a little short on the production side if the contact rate doesn't allow him to fully tap into the power. Now, his swing-and-miss is not the same beast as someone like Baez's. We are talking about long levels and the ability of advanced arms to move the ball around and widen coverage holes through sequencing. Bryant is a smart enough player, and hard enough worker, that my "concerns" could prove to be overblown, but as a snapshot of the two right now I like the foundational value inherent in Russell's profile a hair more. Both are top five prospects in the game and both are cornerstones of the next Cubs playoff club. (NL West Top 10s With Nick Faleris)
2014-11-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Kyle Schwarber potentially the most complete hitter in the Cubs system?
(berkoffm from Chicago)
I think that's Addison Russell, but I do appreciate the balance to Schwarber's game and his professional approach. (NL Central Top 10s With Nick Faleris)
2014-11-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)How many of your NL Central Top 25 do you expect to make it on the top 100 list when BP publishes it? Average would be around 16 or 17 assuming talent is evenly distributed, right?
(Mike from Texas)
I did say I'd throw a top 25 NL Central Prospects list out there during this chat. With the understanding this is a work in progress (Mellen and I are starting to dig in on the framework for the Top 101), this is my own personal ranking of the prospects covered in our NL Central rankings:

1. SS Addison Russell
2. 3B Kris Bryant
3. RHP Robert Stephenson
4. OF Jorge Soler
5. OF Albert Almora
6. OF Stephen Piscotty
7. LHP Marco Gonzales
8. RHP Tyler Glasnow
9. RHP Jameson Taillon
10. OF Jesse Winker
11. OF/1B Josh Bell
12. RHP Alex Reyes
13. C Kyle Schwarber
14. RHP Michael Lorenzen
15. SS Orlando Arcia
16. OF Tyrone Taylor
17. OF Billy McKinney
18. RHP Pierce Johnson
19. SS Gleyber Torres
20. RHP Jack Flaherty
21. OF Yorman Rodriguez
22. C Reese McGuire
23. RHP Nick Howard
24. RHP Devin Williams
25. LHP Rob Kaminsky

I think all of those guys will be in the discussion for the 101, and expect there to be some shuffling in order of course. Definitely more than the average of 16 or 17. (NL Central Top 10s With Nick Faleris)
2014-11-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)do you see Addison Russell as more of an A-Rod type of ss who can theoretically stay there deep into the career? If not, which direction does he move- to 4 or 5?
(greywilliams from little rock)
Russell isn't the big body that Rodriguez was at the same age, but I do think Addy has a good chance to stick at short long term. The lower-half and hands both work and he shows a high level of comfort out there. I would assume the shift would be to third if it does come, as I imagine it would be body/range pushing him in that direction. If the Cubs were to move him to second right now I think he'd handle the position well. (NL Central Top 10s With Nick Faleris)
2014-10-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)JP Crawford's potential? Number 1 SS prospect in 2016?
(Jon from Philly)
First Division SS. Could be a good one.

Not the number one prospect in 2016, because Addison Russell, Carlos Correa, Francisco Lindor and Corey Seager exist (assuming none of them are in the bigs by then, which would be annoying) (Tucker Blair)
2014-10-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)What is a fair MLB comp. for Addison Russell?
(Chuck from Dayton )
I don't know that there is one, at least not with active major leaguers. The shortstop position is pretty crummy right now. Luckily the shortstop prospect position is stacked. He's going to be very good, let's just leave it at that. (Jeff Moore)
2014-10-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Miami said he isn't being moved, but what is a realistic package from the Cubs for Stanton?
(maxpowers from chicago)
Considering they got Addison Russell and Billy McKinney for Shark and Hammel, I'd say the price for Stanton would be just about everyone in their farm system, Wrigley Field, and the cast of The League. If I'm the Marlins I don't even consider it without Bryant, which the Cubs won't do, so there ends your talks right there. (Jeff Moore)
2014-10-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)What was up with Addison Russell's low walk rate in Tennessee?
(CubbieJoe from IL)
Small sample, trying to impress a new team/make up for games missed due to injury. I don't know what is up with it, but I'm not worried about it. His plate discipline is fine. (Jeff Moore)
2014-10-03 11:00:00 (link to chat)Will you root for Addison Russell to become a star because he and you used to be tight, or will you root for him to fail so you feel better about the trade? I'll assume you said the second and go ahead and call you a monster and a illogical psychopath.
(Paul from Ohio)
I actually feel relatively indifferent toward Addison Russell now. I'll root for a lot of players who get traded from the A's on the basic ground of familiarity, but I never really formed an emotional bond with Russell. It didn't take very long for me to start thinking of him as yet another Cubs prospect, and I, outside of general feelings of empathetic sadness when players are themselves sad, don't really care whether Javier Baez and Arismendy Alcantara and Kris Bryant succeed or fail. In my heart, Russell joined that group pretty quickly. (Jason Wojciechowski)
2014-09-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)My league is cutting our farm system down from 5 to 2 (don't ask...) Addison Russell is 1 keeper for sure, would you keep Lucas Giolito or Archie Bradley in the other spot?
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
I'd find a new league. Who has TWO spots. That seems cruel. Honestly I'm generally in favor of taking the closer to the majors prospects but the recent reports on Bradley haven't been overwhelmingly positive. I don't always worry about negative reactions (see: Syndergaard this year) but I am a bit concerned about Bradley. I think it's him by a hair, right now, but by mid-season next year I probably have a different answer. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-09-15 19:30:00 (link to chat)While this is probably a question for the recently AWOL Mau, what the forecast for Addison Russell (position, ETA, playing time, etc.)?
(Jonah from Redwood)
He'll either be the Cubs' everyday shortstop or in a different organization by mid-2016. (Ben Carsley)
2014-08-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Harry, I need some help deciding on keepers. I can only keep 9 of the following players, who should I stick with? (I am currently in rebuilding mode) Mesoraco, Zunino, Kipnis, Trumbo, Rollins, Bogaerts, Addison Russell, Kris Bryant, Castellanos, Marte, Yelich, Joc Pederson, Bryce Harper Thanks!
(Dan from Toronto)
this one is out of my domain, I'l defer to the Fantasy guys on this one (Harry Pavlidis)
2014-08-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Matthew, thanks for the chat! Just wanted to know which of these players would you keep (I can keep only 9 and am in re-build mode): Mesoraco, Zunino, Trumbo, Kipnis, Rollins, Bogaerts, Addison Russell, Castellanos, Marte, Yelich, Kris Bryant, Bryce Harper and Joc Pederson
(Dan from Toronto)
I'm not a fantasy guy, but it's fun! I'm just not an expert. So I'd ask Mike Gianella (@MikeGianella on the twitters) or one of our fine prospect guys here at BP.

One guy I wouldn't get rid of though (no matter what Mike says) is Bryce Harper. (Matthew Kory)
2014-08-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'm in a 12 team keeper league. each team gets to keep 7 players for next season. who do you think i should keep from this list: George Springer, Bryce Harper, Chris Sale, Justin Upton, Byron Buxton, Addison Russell, Taijuan Walker, Lucas Giolito, Francisco Lindor, Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausmann, Carlos Correa, Miguel Sano, Zach Wheeler. Thanks.
(childgrambino from Richmond, VA)
Harper, Sale, Upton, Walker, Gausman, Wheeler and Springer. 12 team leagues, you keep guys who are contributing. Having this many prospects in this shallow a league is bananas. Drop a bunch. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-08-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Addison Russell 364/391/750 with 5 Homers in his last 10 Games, he is dominating AA ball. Any chance he gets promoted to AAA soon?
(Balki from Iowa)
Remember that he missed a bunch of time this year before he got traded, so he hasn't actually had that much time in Double-A. Only 37 games at this point. That coupled with the logjam ahead of him means probably not. (Jeff Moore)
2014-07-31 19:30:00 (link to chat)I have two for you Ben... 1) just now far has Rafael Montero buried himself in the Mets organization? Has deGrom's emergence almost sealed his fate? 2) Now that the Cubs have acquired Addison Russell, is either he, Javier Baez, or Kris Bryant trade bait? Is there a way for all three, as well as Arismendy Alcantara to remain in the Cubs future lineup? Thanks, and it's awesome to see your continued success in the field you love. Congrats
(Andy Singleton (@PeoplezPen) from Brooklyn, NY)
Montero certainly isn't done, no. He has higher upside than deGrom in the long run, and injury/attrition always present opportunities for pitchers. Bryant at 3B, Russell at SS, Baez at 2B and Alcantara in CF with Castro the odd man out is one way to get that done. Could also move Castro to 3B and put Bryant in LF and keep them all. Thanks for the kind words! (Ben Carsley)
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 I'd guess it means that they're closer to a contract extension than either side is letting on. I just don't 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. I'm thrilled he's up, but it doesn't make much sense.

Because of that, I have no idea who's 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 I'll 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:

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 - (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 #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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