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Addison Russell

Posted: Tue Mar 01, 2016 1:37 am
by David
And a fluff piece


MESA, Ariz. -- Some people have epiphanies when they're struck by bolts of lightning. Addison Russell inadvertently glimpsed his destiny via a beer sign on the north side of Chicago.

In 2010, Russell was a 16-year-old high school sophomore playing in the Under Armour All-America Baseball Game at Wrigley Field when he noticed a neighborhood billboard with a picture of a frosty cold brew beside the words "Where Clark Met Addison." As a product of the Florida panhandle, Russell was unfamiliar with the intersection at which Wrigley sits. But the sign resonated with him anew when the Chicago Cubs acquired him from the Oakland Athletics by trade in July 2014.

"At the time, I was like, 'What does that sign mean?'" Russell said. "Of course, it was the corner of Clark and Addison Streets. I thought that was pretty cool. When I got traded to the Cubs, that thought came back into my head: 'Maybe I have a chance to play in that stadium again.'"


More at link: http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/page/SCo ... icago-cubs

Re: Addison Russell deserves a thread

Posted: Tue Mar 01, 2016 1:48 am
by UMFan83
It's funny for most teams, one of the major stories heading into the season would be the anticipation for Russells second year. With this team Addison is almost an afterthought.

Re: Addison Russell deserves a thread

Posted: Tue Mar 01, 2016 2:27 am
by TomtheBombadil
UMFan83 wrote:It's funny for most teams, one of the major stories heading into the season would be the anticipation for Russells second year. With this team Addison is almost an afterthought.


It's so easy to forget this guy put up .301/.377/.520 across the whole minors from 18-21, including AA and AAA at 20-21, as a SS. I like to call him Infield Heyward, probably/possibly/hopefully more consistent with the power and less reliant on the speed/baserunning components than early career Heyward's offense.

Re: Addison Russell is awesome and deserves a thread

Posted: Tue Mar 01, 2016 12:26 pm
by StylesClash
Russell stated a while back he's hoping to steal more bases. In 244 minor league games he stole 44 bases in 53 opportunities. Anyone think Russell has a decent chance at having over a dozen steals, with a success rate at around 75 percent?

Also if Russell, midway through the season, has another hard time against lefties I'll be curious if a platoon might begin with Baez.

Re: Addison Russell is awesome and deserves a thread

Posted: Wed Mar 02, 2016 1:56 pm
by JennieGarthAlgar
Russell platoons with no man.

















And I love Baez.

Re: Addison Russell is awesome and deserves a thread

Posted: Wed Mar 02, 2016 2:14 pm
by StylesClash
JennieGarthAlgar wrote:Russell platoons with no man.

And I love Baez.


Russell had a 527 OPS in 109 at bats versus lefties last year. If we're two months into the season and that trend continues I think it should be a serious consideration. Plus in some respects Baez represents an upgrade (particularly in power).

I also like the idea of not having anyone in the lineup start more than 145 or so games. That way come September and October they're more likely not to wear down.

Re: Addison Russell is awesome and deserves a thread

Posted: Wed Mar 02, 2016 2:33 pm
by David
There should be a thread for SC to post all his worries about thing while the rest of us enjoy the 110 win juggernaut.

Re: Addison Russell is awesome and deserves a thread

Posted: Wed Mar 02, 2016 4:25 pm
by Sammy Sofa
Given that we're talking about Addison with only 120 PA's vs. LH and Baez only has 74, they can probably give Russell a comfortable amount of time to see if he can adjust. It's not like there's a proven LH masher demanding to take playing time from Russell.

Re: Addison Russell is awesome and deserves a thread

Posted: Wed Mar 02, 2016 5:22 pm
by StylesClash
David wrote:There should be a thread for SC to post all his worries about thing while the rest of us enjoy the 110 win juggernaut.


First and foremost congrats on another nice job of trolling. Anyways i don't consider a 100 at bat sample size to be small. And so if that track record of lhp failure continues I don't understand why you wouldn't consider giving some at bats to a capable alternative. If the alternative fails you simply go back to the original situation.

Plus rizzo showed last season what can happen when you aren't given the occasional day off. A sizeable second half decline becomes a legit possibility.

Re: Addison Russell is awesome and deserves a thread

Posted: Wed Mar 02, 2016 5:30 pm
by Sammy Sofa
Nobody is saying never give the guy a day off. Sheesh.

And hey, Rizzo was a guy who stunk against lefties for, like, 350 PA before he became awesome against them.

Re: Addison Russell is awesome and deserves a thread

Posted: Wed Mar 02, 2016 5:32 pm
by David
StylesClash wrote:
David wrote:There should be a thread for SC to post all his worries about thing while the rest of us enjoy the 110 win juggernaut.


First and foremost congrats on another nice job of trolling. Anyways i don't consider a 100 at bat sample size to be small. And so if that track record of lhp failure continues I don't understand why you wouldn't consider giving some at bats to a capable alternative. If the alternative fails you simply go back to the original situation.

Plus rizzo showed last season what can happen when you aren't given the occasional day off. A sizeable second half decline becomes a legit possibility.


I'm not trolling

And a 100 PA or at bat sample size is pretty small, whether you consider it to be or not, especially if you're trying to establish something as relatively unusual as a reverse split.

Re: Addison Russell is awesome and deserves a thread

Posted: Wed Mar 02, 2016 5:41 pm
by jersey cubs fan
David wrote:
StylesClash wrote:
David wrote:There should be a thread for SC to post all his worries about thing while the rest of us enjoy the 110 win juggernaut.


First and foremost congrats on another nice job of trolling. Anyways i don't consider a 100 at bat sample size to be small. And so if that track record of lhp failure continues I don't understand why you wouldn't consider giving some at bats to a capable alternative. If the alternative fails you simply go back to the original situation.

Plus rizzo showed last season what can happen when you aren't given the occasional day off. A sizeable second half decline becomes a legit possibility.


I'm not trolling

And a 100 PA or at bat sample size is pretty small, whether you consider it to be or not, especially if you're trying to establish something as relatively unusual as a reverse split.


What don't you understand? He considers it small. End of discussion.

Re: Addison Russell is awesome and deserves a thread

Posted: Wed Mar 02, 2016 5:51 pm
by Transmogrified Tiger
Russell's Minor League OPS against LHP is .893 if my math is right, against a total OPS of .897. .928 if you don't include his first season that was mostly in rookie ball anyway. Gonna need a lot more than 120 PA to be convinced that Russell is remotely needing of platooning, against opposite handed pitchers no less.

Re: Addison Russell is awesome and deserves a thread

Posted: Wed Mar 02, 2016 5:55 pm
by Cubswin11
I also think it's an equally premature and ridiculous assumption that Baez will be doing anything better than Russell that would warrant some sort of pseudo platoon/time split.

Re: Addison Russell is awesome and deserves a thread

Posted: Wed Mar 02, 2016 6:01 pm
by TomtheBombadil
I love that Bryant and Russell's big struggles were with opposite hand pitchers. These guys are gonna be so rad.

Re: Addison Russell is awesome and deserves a thread

Posted: Wed Mar 02, 2016 6:32 pm
by big ball chunky time
i watched a little spring training yesterday and my erection has not subsided and i dont care also

Re: Addison Russell is awesome and deserves a thread

Posted: Wed Mar 02, 2016 6:45 pm
by biittner77
David wrote:
StylesClash wrote:
David wrote:There should be a thread for SC to post all his worries about thing while the rest of us enjoy the 110 win juggernaut.


First and foremost congrats on another nice job of trolling. Anyways i don't consider a 100 at bat sample size to be small. And so if that track record of lhp failure continues I don't understand why you wouldn't consider giving some at bats to a capable alternative. If the alternative fails you simply go back to the original situation.

Plus rizzo showed last season what can happen when you aren't given the occasional day off. A sizeable second half decline becomes a legit possibility.


I'm not trolling

And a 100 PA or at bat sample size is pretty small, whether you consider it to be or not, especially if you're trying to establish something as relatively unusual as a reverse split.


To be fair, if you look at the OP, the sample would be more like 150-200 PAs which would be perhaps a little more telling though still not ideal. Also, he's talking about giving Baez 17 starts at SS. That number doesn't seem particularly outrageous. A strict reverse split platoon is still premature.

Re: Addison Russell is awesome and deserves a thread

Posted: Wed Mar 02, 2016 9:51 pm
by Cubswin11


Re: Addison Russell is awesome and deserves a thread

Posted: Wed Mar 02, 2016 10:03 pm
by sneakypower
Transmogrified Tiger wrote:Russell's Minor League OPS against LHP is .893 if my math is right, against a total OPS of .897. .928 if you don't include his first season that was mostly in rookie ball anyway. Gonna need a lot more than 120 PA to be convinced that Russell is remotely needing of platooning, against opposite handed pitchers no less.

.909 vs LHP fwiw
http://minorleaguecentral.com/player?pi ... split=3000

Re: Addison Russell is awesome and deserves a thread

Posted: Sat Mar 05, 2016 3:27 am
by jacey
I think ARUSS is going to have a monster year this season...we have just got to keep him healthy :flythew:

Re: Addison Russell is awesome and deserves a thread

Posted: Sat Mar 05, 2016 6:28 pm
by Bull
jacey wrote:I thinkARUSS is going to have a monster year this season...we have just got to keep him healthy :flythew:

Please say this isn't an actual thing.

Re: Addison Russell is awesome and deserves a thread

Posted: Sun Mar 06, 2016 3:56 pm
by big ball chunky time
Bull wrote:
jacey wrote:I thinkARUSS is going to have a monster year this season...we have just got to keep him healthy :flythew:

Please say this isn't an actual thing.


it's either Addy or Russy

Re: Addison Russell is awesome and deserves a thread

Posted: Mon Apr 04, 2016 3:16 pm
by Banedon

Re: Addison Russell is awesome and deserves a thread

Posted: Fri Apr 15, 2016 6:32 pm
by Tracer Bullet
sweet jesus


Re: Addison Russell is awesome and deserves a thread

Posted: Fri Apr 15, 2016 6:33 pm
by Tracer Bullet
defense wins championships. or, in our case, defense, walks, and dongs.