That is, if he signs.
Russell is already committed to Auburn, but with his talents he could easily spurn college for professional baseball.
The 18-year-old won't make an impact overnight of course. In four or five years however, Russell could be the next big thing for the A's.
With the current state the team is in, it doesn't take much to make an impact.
Right fielder Josh Reddick is currently one of the top fan favorites, hitting .271 with 14 home runs. Fellow outfielder Yoenis Cespedes nearly has superstar status already and he's only played two months in the major leagues.
With time and coaching—added to his current talent—Russell stands a great chance at making a name for himself amongst the Oakland fans.