It was 93 degrees in Stockton, and even with the cool breeze blowing off McLeod Lake, the sweat was still dripping off his forehead.
We were standing outside the clubhouse at Banner Island Ballpark, and the player who has been widely described as the Oakland A’s shortstop of the future sounded exactly like an A’s player of the present.
“Baseball is just a game within a game,” Addison Russell told me. “I just go out there and have fun.”
I’m not sure if Russell intended it, but his “game within a game” line was actually straight out of an A’s commercial from earlier this season, which features Ryan Cook, Chris Young and bench coach Chip Hale.
The 6-foot-tall, 195-pound shortstop has been hailed by Baseball America as the top prospect in the organization. He also happens to be remarkably composed and well-spoken, especially for a guy who graduated from high school just over a year ago.
On Sunday evening, Russell was 0-for-4 at the plate, but he looked smooth in the field as the Stockto...