Addison Russell made his major league debut with the Cubs in 2015 and, at 21 years old, became the club's everyday shortstop in early August ... was acquired from Oakland in a five-player deal that sent pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the A's on July 5, 2014. Recorded 43 extra-base hits for Chicago last season, becoming just the fourth Cub since 1900, age 21 or younger, to reach that mark ... joined Phil Cavarretta in 1935, Ron Santo in 1961 and Starlin Castro in 2011. Entered the 2015 campaign named the Cubs second-best prospect by Baseball America. Owns a .301 batting average (289-for-961) with 57 doubles, 20 triples, 38 home runs, 159 RBI and 44 stolen bases in 244 career minor league games. w His 104 walks contributed to a .377 on-base percentage ... his .520 slugging percentage gives him a .897 career OPS. Named Oakland's top prospect by Baseball America entering 2013 and 2014. Rated as the fifth-best prospect in baseball according to MLB.com entering the 2015 season ... ranked No. 3 on ESPN.com's Top 100 prospects list prior to the 2014 season and was No. 12 on MLB.com. Earned post-season All-Star team honors in the California League in 2013 and the Arizona Rookie League in 2012. Named to the Arizona Fall League All-Prospect team in 2013. Played in the 2013 Futures Games and the 2013 AFL Fall Stars Game. Originally selected by Oakland in the first round (11th overall) of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft. Graduated from Pace (Fla.) High School in 2012 ... hit .460 with 37 home runs in his four-year high school career
Addison Russell was selected from Triple-A Iowa in late April and, at 21 years old, became the club's everyday shortstop on August 7 ... batted .242 (115-for-475) with 29 doubles, one triple, 13 home runs and 54 RBI in 142 games. His 29 doubles tied for second-most among all rookies ... his 60 runs ranked tied for seventh and his 115 hits and 54 RBI ranked eighth. Led the team and ranked seventh in the N.L. with an average of 4.12 pitches per plate appearance. Collected 98 hits out of the No. 9 hole in the batting order, the most in the N.L. in a season since at least 1914. Played 61 games (53 starts) at shortstop, recording a .981 fielding percentage (4 E/210 TC) ... played 86 games (84 starts) at second base, primarily when he was first called up (.977 fielding percentage). Recorded a 2.6 defensive WAR at shortstop (ESPN). Went 43-straight games without an error at shortstop, August 13-September 30 (157 TC). His .259 average (60-for-232) in the second half of the season was 33 points higher than his .226 average (55-for-243) in the first half. Selected from Iowa, April 21, and made the start at second base that night in Pittsburgh. At 21 years, 88 days old, became the youngest player in the National League (Bryce Harper second, 22 years, 187 days), and third-youngest in the majors. Recorded his first career hit, April 22 in Pittsburgh, a third-inning single off Vance Worley. Logged a career-high 12-game hitting streak, April 26-May 9 ... hit .326 (14-for-43) during the 12-game run, the longest hitting streak for a Cubs rookie since Mike Fontenot's 12-game streak in 2007. The 12-game hitting streak came within his first 16 career games, making him the first big leaguer to accomplish that feat since Minnesota's Glenn Williams hit safely in all 13 of his games in 2005. w Additionally, became the first N.L. player to record a 12-game hitting streak (or better) exclusively out of the nine-hole in the batting order since Pittsburgh's Wilbur Cooper, a left-handed pitcher, his safely in 16-straight games out of the nine spot (15 starts, one relief appearance) in 1924. Reached base safely in 16-straight games, April 26-May 13 ... the streak was the longest by a Cub within his first 20 career games since Eddie Stanky in 1943. Drove in three runs with a bases-loaded double in the fourth inning in Cincinnati, April 26. w At 21 years, 93 days old, became the second-youngest second baseman ever to produce a three-RBI game for the Cubs … Ken Hubbs was only 20 years old when he drove in three runs in St. Louis , April 22, 1962. Hit his first career home run, May 1 vs. the Brewers Wily Peralta, a go-ahead solo shot in the third inning ... turned out to be the only run in Chicago's 1-0 victory. Phil Cavarretta was the previous Cub whose first career homer was the only run of the game when he turned the trick in the Cubs 1-0 win vs. the Reds, September 25, 1934. Collected a career-high three walks, July 10 vs. the White Sox. Recorded his first career multi-homer game and scored a career-high three times, September 4 vs. Arizona. Stole a career-best two bases and tied his career mark with three hits, September 30 in Cincinnati. October 2 in Milwaukee, collected a career-high tying two doubles for the fifth time. Began the season with Iowa, and hit .318 (14-for-44) with four doubles, one homer and nine RBI in 11 games prior to his promotion. Hit .250 (3-for-12) with a triple, RBI and stolen base in four post-season games. Left NLDS Game Three vs. St. Louis with tightness in his left hamstring ... would sideline him for remainder of playoffs.
Addison Russell combined to bat .295 (76-for-258) with 14 doubles, one triple, 13 homers and 45 RBI in 68 games between Class A Stockton, Double-A Midland and Double-A Tennessee ... began the year in Oakland's chain before being acquired by Chicago in a five-player deal, July 5. Combined for an .858 OPS, thanks to a .350 on-base percentage and a .508 slugging mark. Recorded a .985 fielding percentage (4 E/273 TC) in 62 games at shortstop. Opened the year at Midland, but landed on the disabled list with a right hamstring strain after just two games ... was on the shelf, April 5-June 8. In 50 games with Tennessee, hit .294 (57-for-194) with 12 homers, including two multi-homer efforts. Played 11 games for Mesa in the Arizona Fall League, hitting .196 (9- for-46) with a double, two homers and 10 RBI.
Spent nearly the entire regular season at Single-A Stockton where he batted .275 with 29 doubles, 10 triples, 17 home runs and 60 RBI in 107 games…was promoted to Triple-A Sacramento Aug. 31 and went 1-for-13 (.077) with nine strikeouts in three games…combined for a .269 average overall…was one of 12 minor leaguers to reach double figures in doubles, triples and home runs…named to the California League Postseason All-Star team and was named the Cal League's and the A's No. 1 prospect by Baseball America…tied for sixth in the CL in triples (10), ranked seventh in slugging (.508), tied for eighth in walks (61) and tied for ninth in extra base hits (56)…was a Baseball America High Class A All-Star…was ranked No. 3 on ESPN.com's Top 100 Prospects list prior to the 2014 season and was No. 12 on MLB.com…led the A's farm system in extra base hits (56), ranked second in slugging (.495), tied for second in triples (10), fourth in runs (86), tied for fourth in stolen bases (21), sixth in total bases (219), tied for seventh in doubles (29), eighth in on-base percentage (.369) and 10th in home runs (17) and walks (61)…led Stockton in runs (85), triples (10) and total bases (218)…with the Ports, he batted .282 (92-for-326) with 14 of his 17 home runs against right-handed pitchers compared to .252 (26-for-103) against left-handers…was batting .249 with a .332 on-base percentage and .467 slugging percentage in 55 games at the All-Star Break…then hit .305 with a .424 on-base percentage and .555 slugging percentage in 52 games after the break…had a .232 average with the bases empty compared to .350 with runners on base…hit .310 with runners in scoring position, including .394 with RISP and two outs…went 5-for-7 (.714) with a home run and 10 RBI with the bases loaded…batted .304 in 70 games hitting second and .217 in 37 games batting leadoff…appeared exclusively at shortstop on defense…committed 14 errors for a .968 fielding percentage in 105 games with Stockton…also had one error in two games at short with Sacramento…was named to the Arizona Fall League All-Prospect team following the season after hitting .282 with a home run and five RBI in 21 games with the Mesa Solar Sox…added 10 walks for a .361 on-base percentage…tied for second in the AFL in doubles (8)…was the starting shortstop for the East Division in the Fall Stars Game Nov. 2.