For the second time in a week, Chicago Cubs prospect Addison Russell homered twice in a game for the Tennessee Smokies. He is just 20-years-old, plays fantastic shortstop, and is awesome.
His homers last night started with this three-run shot:
He turned quickly on that one, maximizing his power ability. Power isn’t expected to be
a huge part of Russell’s game (in the way that it is for the Baez/Bryant/Soler types, I mean)* the biggest part of his game, but he’s a big kid who can clearly crush it if it’s in the right spot.
*Edited to clarify meaning. I’m not saying he doesn’t have power. I’m saying he’s not a power-first kind of guy.
And then he hit a solo bomb the next inning:
Virtually the same thing. Up and on the inner half, and Russell turns on it.
For the Smokies, Russell has now played 16 games, hitting .250/.297/.517 with 3 walks and 13 strikeouts. He was particularly cool the first week, perhaps as he adjusted to the trade, because over the last 10 games, he’s at .278/.350/.722 with all 5 of his homers and all 3 of his walks – and just 6 of his strikeouts.
In his 13 games at AA with Oakland before the trade, Russell hit .333/.439/.500 with 8 walks and 8 strikeouts, so, on the year, his AA numbers are quite good – especially for a 20-year-old shortstop. About what you’d expect from a guy who is considered a top five prospect in all of baseball.