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Addison Russell

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Posted: 02/16/2013 3:51 PM

Addison Russell 


Youngest player in big league camp on any team.

From Slusser's twitter...

# Athletics convinced Addison Russell mature enough for big-league camp. It wasn't in his contract, it's indication how much he wowed A's.



My guess is that if Addison impresses in spring, he'll start the season in Stockton. Looks like we've finally got an elite positional prospect in our system, and a SS at that. Pretty damn excited, really hope Russell gets an AB or 2 in one of the televised games.
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Posted: 02/16/2013 4:13 PM

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Can't remember the last time I was this excited about a positional prospect in the A's minors? Maybe have to go back to CarGo when the A's dealt for him as one of the two main pieces in the Haren deal along with Anderson. I guess you can say Barton too that first year he was with the A's org after being part of the Mulder deal.

But in terms of somebody who the A's intially signed and or drafted to be this highly thought of with just a few months in the minors as a 18 year old, maybe would have to go back to the mid-late 90s when the trio of Grieve, Tejada, and Chavez were regarded as the top hitting prospects at their respective positions just as we all hope that Russell will be at 2013 season's end.

Course maybe we A's fans are getting a bit too excited. There's no guarantee Russell will rip up it up at BEL or STK like he did in 2012 even though most if not all even outside of the A's fandom are expecting Russell to have a very good 2013 season.
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Posted: 02/16/2013 4:26 PM

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Didn't someone post something already paraphrasing Grady Fuson saying that Russell is intended to start out in Stockton? It makes sense if they think he's ahead of the development curve. A favorable hitting environment in the Cal League could help him rake and push him up to AA Midland for the second half of the season.
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Posted: 02/16/2013 4:46 PM

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I take it, then, that expectations aren't high for Russell to actually perform well at Spring Training, but rather that he is mature enough to handle it? As touted as he is, when he goes up against major league pitching at this point, he's liable to fall flat. Right?
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Posted: 02/16/2013 5:41 PM

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Most important thing is that he doesn't get overconfident or down on himself based on his Spring performance. Team sure doesn't seem worried about that for Russell and that speaks to his maturity. Can't wait to see how he looks.
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Posted: 02/16/2013 6:22 PM

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Interview with Russell when he was at BUR last summer. www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-QlZqpsyQg

Russell batting/field at BUR. www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXH0wcBPS_c

Overview of Russell's game. www.youtube.com/watch?v=si97HGU6Yh4
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Posted: 02/17/2013 12:45 PM

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Should be a great experience for him. How big would it be to have a monster at short for years to come. Easily my favorite prospect right now, with the chance to be my favorite player in a couple years.

So glad baseball is finally back! GO A'S!!!
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Posted: 02/18/2013 10:32 AM

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From Slusser:
 http://www.sfgate.com/athletic...p#ixzz2LHAv2p6W

"Russell blazed through three levels of the 
A's minor-league system last year after being drafted 11th overall in June. That's unheard of for an 18-year-old, according to general manager Billy Beane and director of player development Keith Lieppman - no one else has done that coming straight of high school. Not Ben Grieve, not Eric Chavez - though Chavez did go straight to high-A ball at the age of 19."

I know BB is talking about A's drafted players, but Daric Barton did as much for the Cardinals in his first 1.5 seasons before coming to the A's.  At 17 the year he was drafted Barton Ops'd .843 in Rk ball, and at 18 Ops'd .956 in Low-A over a full season.  And after being traded to the A's Barton went .907 in A+ and .900 in AA splitting the season evenly, at the age of 19.  Also had a BB:K of 97:79 that year, including 35:30 in AA, again as a 19 year old.  It's easy to forget just how great a prospect Daric Barton was.  I remember saying to my wife that guys like that just don't not make it.  Oh well.
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Posted: 02/18/2013 10:57 AM

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AsAsAs wrote: From Slusser:
 http://www.sfgate.com/athletic...p#ixzz2LHAv2p6W

"Russell blazed through three levels of the 
A's minor-league system last year after being drafted 11th overall in June. That's unheard of for an 18-year-old, according to general manager Billy Beane and director of player development Keith Lieppman - no one else has done that coming straight of high school. Not Ben Grieve, not Eric Chavez - though Chavez did go straight to high-A ball at the age of 19."

I know BB is talking about A's drafted players, but Daric Barton did as much for the Cardinals in his first 1.5 seasons before coming to the A's.  At 17 the year he was drafted Barton Ops'd .843 in Rk ball, and at 18 Ops'd .956 in Low-A over a full season.  And after being traded to the A's Barton went .907 in A+ and .900 in AA splitting the season evenly, at the age of 19.  Also had a BB:K of 97:79 that year, including 35:30 in AA, again as a 19 year old.  It's easy to forget just how great a prospect Daric Barton was.  I remember saying to my wife that guys like that just don't not make it.  Oh well.
And this is why scouts and GM's spend soooo much time puzzling over why some guys make it and some guys don't. Barton looked like such a stud in his September callup. People were calling him the next Pujols and what not.

In my personal opinion, I think it all came down to bat speed and makeup/personality. Barton just doesn't have the bat speed to drive the ball out of the park consistently, a situation which wasn't helped by him being on the smallish side and being limited to 1st base. Also, the guy turned out to be a real headcase and doesn't seem like the sharpest tool in the shed either.

But even though Barton was a big time prospect in the minors, he still isn't comparable to Russell. Barton moved 2 levels in his first 1.5 years. Russell moved 3 levels in half a year.

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Posted: 02/18/2013 11:42 AM

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Barton also had injury issues compounded by his decision to hide them and blow off training/rehab regimens.
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Posted: 02/18/2013 2:31 PM

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Thing is, nothing in Barton's profile suggested he'd be a total flop. Some of his profile came from those doubles turning to homers, but otherwise everything else suggested he'd be at least a legitimate everyday player in the big leagues. The big difference I see in the two is position. He's a SS so his expectations offensively are much less. If Barton played SS instead of 1B, he'd be a quality starter even with his warts.

I don't recall any player in the A's org being called the best player on 3 levels in his first season or even first couple seasons. I hope they continue to be aggressive with his promotion path. Hell, if he proves himself in big league camp, I wouldn't mind if he skipped Stockton and went straight to Midland. If it's possible he can keep succeeding like a Castro or Profar I'd love to see him make the big club before Cespedes leaves.
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Posted: 02/18/2013 3:44 PM

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Eric Chavez was the last great position player prospect with the A's. Chavez was signed in late Aug 1996 too late to play in any minor league games. So, he went from instructional league in the Fall to the California League and put up a .765 OPS at age 19. The next year he started in AA (1.014 OPS) was promoted to AAA (.951 OPS) and got a Sept. call up.

It's premature to compare Russell to Chavez. Let's see if he can hold his own this year before we start comparing him to Chavez. The potential is there. Would be nice to have a SS putting up a 130 OPS+. Even with mediocre defense, would be a star player.
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Posted: 02/18/2013 5:26 PM

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Barton would be fine as a C. But they moved him to 1B.
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Posted: 02/18/2013 8:30 PM

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Yep I think Barton's high ranking early on in his minor league career both with STL and OAK was based that he could stay as a passable C where honestly he'd would look similar to that of what Jaso produced in 2012 with SEA. High on base guy who had good enough power to be seen as an all star caliber C over 500+ at bat season but as a 1b offensively he just didn't project all that well for a lot of A's fans who wanted didn't want to see another Hatteburg but wanted another Giambi type who could be the "prototype 1b" that could be that 30 hr/100 rbi type of power hitter you see most winning teams have.
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Posted: 02/18/2013 9:07 PM

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Posted: 02/18/2013 9:25 PM

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Russell's introduction to big-league spring training was a little painful - he got drilled on the left thigh with a fastball from Arnold Leon during batting practice.

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I say let Leon languish in AA the whole year just for that! wink
athleticpride wrote: www.sfgate.com/athletics/artic...ark-4286650.php
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Posted: 02/18/2013 9:51 PM

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shirls442000 wrote: Barton would be fine as a C. But they moved him to 1B.
As I recall, it seems they moved him from catcher as a result of his injuries.  He was built up as a guy who was going to be a "terrific" offensive player and I'm sure their thinking was that if they were going to take advantage of his (projected) good offense, they'd best not leave him at the catching position.  Then he becomes a terrific first baseman, defensively, but the offense for the most part has never showed up.  Who knows, if he got a chance somewhere (think he's about used 'em all up here), he could be late bloomer.  It seems it has taken him a long time to mature, as well.

Last edited 02/18/2013 9:55 PM by oaklady

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Posted: 02/18/2013 10:12 PM

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i was looking at the A's 40 man roster and it only had 5 players that were drafted and homegrown by the team. is this normal compared to orher teams to have this many? it shows the amount of transactions beane has made over the yrs to construct this roster, but also the lack of results from previous drafts. we'll probably see the next wave with choice, gray, and maybe others

straily
griffin
doolittle
weeks
green

also included int'l signings figueroa, leon, ynoa. A's emphasis on int'l signings last few yrs has been a mixed bag and probably wont see further results for awhile. but nice to see figueroa and leon hopefully be bullpen options at some point.
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Posted: 02/18/2013 11:03 PM

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Just recently they've moved on from Suzuki, Powell, Recker, Bailey, Ross, and Cahill who were all A's draft picks. Harden, Chavez, and Braden all played recently for the A's the last couple years, and lesser players in Henry Rodriguez and Brad Kilby played in 2010. Gotta add Cespedes as an intl signing too, but obviously not developed by the A's.
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Posted: 02/18/2013 11:13 PM

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I would like to see Figuera, Leon as well as Simmons moved to the starting rotation.

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i was looking at the A's 40 man roster and it only had 5 players that were drafted and homegrown by the team. is this normal compared to orher teams to have this many? it shows the amount of transactions beane has made over the yrs to construct this roster, but also the lack of results from previous drafts. we'll probably see the next wave with choice, gray, and maybe others

straily
griffin
doolittle
weeks
green

also included int'l signings figueroa, leon, ynoa. A's emphasis on int'l signings last few yrs has been a mixed bag and probably wont see further results for awhile. but nice to see figueroa and leon hopefully be bullpen options at some point.

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