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Should Addison Russell replace Starlin Castro at shortstop?

It’s been a looming question ever since the Chicago Cubs called up top infield prospect Addison Russell from the minors near the end of April: should Russell replace Starlin Castro at shortstop? There has been some speculation that this will happen eventually based on Castro’s defensive struggles at shortstop. ESPN Staff Writer Jesse Rogers states “We don’t need to pour...
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Chicago Cubs pitching well despite poor defense

The Chicago Cubs have the fifth best team earned run average (3.39) in the Major Leagues this season. They also have the fifth worst team fielding percentage (.981) in the Major Leagues this season. The Cubs’ defense has more than it’s fair share of excuses. Rookie, Addison Russell, is only 21-years old, and still transition to second base after playing shortstop in the minors...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs' Russell: 'I feel really, really good'

  The 162 game baseball season can be a grind for anyone, especially those that have never played that much in one season. However, Addison Russell – despite being a rookie – feels he will be ok and doesn't expect to run out of steam at the end of the year. “I just hear from people that it’s a grind,” Russell told CSN Chicago. “This is actually my first year where I...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: Lackluster offense hurts Cubs

The All-Star break cannot come soon enough for the Chicago Cubs. An anemic offense and a questionable starting rotation, the Cubs need the All-Star break to rejuvenate and replenish before the second half of the season. The Cubs’ offense has been struggling of late scoring only 12 runs in the last eight games. To go along with that, the Cubs have given up 26 runs in the last eight...
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Shortstop not out of the question for Cubs' Russell

Addison Russell came through the system as a shortstop and although he's been playing second base in Chicago, a return to shortstop is not out of the question. “Everybody knows that he can (play shortstop),” Cubs manager Joe Maddon told CSN Chicago. “It’s definitely within his future. But for right now, he’s turning into a better second baseman faster than you would...
Via Fox Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs' Russell making transition from shortstop to second

CHICAGO (AP) Addison Russell is learning how to play second base in the major leagues with the Chicago Cubs. It is a challenging transition for a rookie, but infield coach Gary Jones says he is doing ''a very nice job.'' Before Russell was promoted to the Cubs in April, the sum total of his professional experience at second was five starts at Triple-A Iowa. He was a high school...
Via AP on Fox
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Projecting Addison Russell

Just as we were all finally getting over our Kris Bryant Day hangovers, the Cubs gave us something else to celebrate. As you’ve likely heard by now, the Cubs summoned Addison Russell to the major leagues yesterday. He started at second base last night, and went 0-5 in his big league debut. Russell’s promotion came as […]
Via Fangraphs
April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

What do call-ups of Bryant, Russell say about 2015 Cubs?

Prior to Friday’s series opener against the San Diego Padres, the Chicago Cubs called up top prospect Kris Bryant, and he debuted to about as much pomp and circumstance as old Wrigley Field had seen in quite some time. While that excitement and fanfare has yet to come anywhere near dissipating, the Cubs are now set to call up another premier prospect, in shortstop Addison Russell...
Via The Outside Corner
April 21, 2015  |  Discuss

The win-now move of promoting Addison Russell

On Friday, to the surprise of absolutely no one, the Chicago Cubs promoted Kris Bryant to the big leagues. With the service time shenanigans out of the way, it was abundantly clear that Bryant that he was their best third baseman, so they summoned him from Iowa to help their team win. Today, the Cubs […]
Via Fangraphs
April 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs will reportedly call up prospect Addison Russell

The Chicago Cubs are slowly ending their reign of prospect terror. Shortly after delaying third baseman Kris Bryant’s entrance into the major leagues to keep him from becoming a free agent until 2021, the organization is calling up infielder Addison Russell. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports broke the news: cubs now calling up addison russell to the majors. ...
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April 21, 2015  |  Discuss

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