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Top 10 shortstops in baseball for 2017

There is no more exciting and rapidly developing position in the game today than shortstop. It has become a new beast over the past few years across MLB. By all indications, it's a wave that is just getting underway. In each of the past two seasons, a Rookie of the Year selection has been a shortstop, and in last year’s All-Star Game, of the six shortstops selected, each made his...
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Chicago Cubs’ Addison Russell, Kyle Schwarber draw high praise

Fox Sports recently released a list of top 20 breakout candidates for the upcoming season; two Chicago Cubs players can be found in the top five. The deal that sent Addison Russell to the Chicago Cubs in 2014 was considered a steal by many in the baseball world. Russell has not disappointed during his time with […] Chicago Cubs’ Addison Russell, Kyle Schwarber draw high praise...
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Russell's power breakout has already begun

Can Addison Russell take that next step forward to become a true superstar? The glove is already there, but we haven't seen that one big hitting season yet. Small changes he made as 2016 may point to '17 being his true coming-out party.
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Cubs' Russell tears up thinking about 2016 accomplishments

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Addison Russell was laying on his mom's bed in the house he bought the family in Pensacola, Florida, with his signing bonus. His Shih Tzu-poodle mix puppy, Oakley, started licking his face. Tears started flowing. ''That's when all the memories from this past year, from spring training to the middle of the season, then the World Series run,'' the Chicago Cubs...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Quick Hits: PECOTA Names Addison Russell Biggest Breakout Bat

PECOTA is arguably the best publicly accessible projection system. No other methodology projects rookie hitters better, and the system is either the best or close to the best when it comes to projecting several offensive categories. PECOTA also knows that some players are easier to project than others, so much so that it actually assigns each player a probability of outproducing...
Via Cubs Insider
3 days ago

Addison Russell planning to become next Cubs superstar

MESA, Ariz. Addison Russell earned his managers trust by playing boring defense, always making the routine plays at shortstop with textbook fundamentals. Even Russells
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4 days ago

Cubs notes: Russell recalls whirlwind year

A wild 2016 finally caught up to the Cubs' Addison Russell in late November.
7 days ago

Spring Training Just Started, But Addison Russell May Have Already Made an Adjustment

Jason Heyward might not be the only one with new mechanics. Per Jon Ferlise’s Spring Training batting practice footage on February 15, I found something peculiar about Addison Russell’s most recent batting session. Do you notice the change? Check out the position in which he starts his hands. Compared to Russell’s Game 5 NLCS homer, notice how his hands appear to be much lower...
Via Cubs Insider
8 days ago

Here Is a Powered-Up Addison Russell

My hunch is that it’s easier for pitchers to make adjustments on the fly than hitters. In part this is because pitchers are simply more in control — they can aim for different areas, while hitters simply have to respond. Pitchers also get more and longer breaks between appearances, and sometimes a pitch can just click. Everybody everywhere is always tweaking something, and I’m...
Via Fangraphs
August 29, 2016  |  Discuss

Cubs fans go dumpster diving for Addison Russell’s home-run ball

Catching a baseball at any major league ballpark is valuable, no matter who hits it or where it ends up. Chicago Cubs fans exemplified this aspect Sunday afternoon during their game against the Colorado Rockies, as shortstop Addison Russell hit a home run in the fifth inning that happened to land in a very convenient location: a trash can. But in baseball, every hit over the...
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August 21, 2016  |  Discuss

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