MLB Prospects Update: Hottest, Coldest Hitters at Every Minor League Level

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MLB Prospects Update: Hottest, Coldest Hitters at Every Minor League Level
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SS Addison Russell is on the fast track to the major leagues.

Selected by the Oakland Athletics with the No. 11 overall pick in the 2012 draft, Addison Russell quickly emerged as one of the game’s top prospects last summer by posting a 1.027 OPS with 26 extra-base hits and 16 stolen bases across three levels. After debuting in the rookie-level Arizona League, he made a brief stop in the New York-Penn League before finishing his professional debut at Low-A Burlington.

As a result of his overwhelming success last year, the organization promoted Russell, 19, to High-A Stockton for the 2013 season. The shortstop got off to a slow start at the more advanced level, posting a .749 OPS in April and .705 OPS in May while playing through a few minor injuries.

But Russell officially turned the corner in June. He batted .333/.367/.622 with 21 runs scored, 11 doubles, three triples, three home runs, 15 RBI and seven stolen bases in 22 games. If he continues to improve over the next month, expect the A’s to promote him to Double-A to finish the season.

Here’s a look at the rest of the hottest and coldest hitters at every minor league level.

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