Height/Weight: 6’1”/210 lbs
High School: Pace (Fla.)
College Commitment: Auburn
A thicker player whose body doesn’t call for much projection, Addison Russell has the foot speed and arm strength to stick on the left side of the infield. However, only time will tell whether it’s at third base or shortstop.
As a hitter, Russell has above-average bat speed and, in turn, projectable raw power. However, as one expects from a prep prospect, his swing mechanics and bat path vary from day to day, and he lacks the all-around consistency that would make him an early first-rounder. Furthermore, his plate discipline is pretty raw, although that’s a characteristic that will improve with experience.
Given his size, athleticism and present raw power, Russell is best compared to Hanley Ramirez, who possessed a similar profile at the beginning of his professional career. He’ll likely need some extended time in the minor leagues, so don’t expect to see him before late-2016.
Analysis: Oakland bucked its recent history and took a high school prospect in the first round. The A's will hope that Russell, while still raw, will round out the left side of their infield once he develops.
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