FOXSportsSouth.com invites you to meet the Braves as we continue a month-long look at our team, player-by-player. We'll revisit 2011 and project what 2012 might look like.
Hometown: Olmsted, Ohio
Experience: Fifth season
2011 in review: Russell was 1-2 with a 3.03 ERA with Tampa Bay, but struggled with his control. He walked 20 batters and struck out only 13 in 32 23 innings. He was dominant last June, when he had a 1.64 ERA in 11 innings. Russell signed a minor-league deal with the Braves.
Career highlight: Russell went 4-0 his rookie season with the Chicago White Sox in 2008 and 3-1 with San Diego in 2009, giving him a 7-1 record after his first two big-league seasons.
Outlook: Russell is a longshot to make the club with five of the seven bullpen spots possibly already filled. But an extra spot could open if Kris Medlen is called on to start the season in the rotation. Russell threw a scoreless inning in the spring...