According to reports from Mark Gonzales and Patrick Mooney, Thursday was Addison Russell last game in the Arizona Fall League.
The Cubs said that Addison Russell is healthy but he was being shut down after 11 games after seeing enough playing time this year. The team would like for Russell to take a short breather before beginning his off-season conditioning program.
In what was reportedly his last game of the fall, Russell was 1-for-4 with a home run and two RBI on Thursday afternoon at Cubs Park in Mesa. Russell hit a two-run homer to left in the seventh inning, his second longball in three games.
Addison Russell was exposed to second base for the first time in professional baseball in the AFL and in 11 games he was 9-for-46 with a double, two home runs, three walks, 13 strikeouts and 10 RBI.
The Cubs have not announced which player will take Russell’s spot on the Mesa Solar Sox roster.
Addison Russell missed most of the first half of the season after tearing his hamstring in April. Russell was expected to be a factor at the big league level for the A’s at some point, but injuries to Oakland’s pitching staff forced Billy Beane to use Russell, Billy McKinney, Dan Straily and a PTBNL to land Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Cubs on July 4. Russell played in only 18 games in the A’s system prior to the trade.
After a short adjustment period, Addison Russell excelled with Double-A Tennessee. Russell batted .294/.332/.536 in 50 games with 11 doubles and 12 home runs for a .868 OPS. Russell turns 21 on Jan. 23.
Addison Russell is the second best prospect in a loaded Cubs’ system behind Kris Bryant and should receive a non-roster invite to big league camp in the spring. Russell has been told he will see playing time at second and third base during Spring Training and to be ready for the exposure to the two positions.
All signs point to Addison Russell beginning the 2015 season with Triple-A Iowa.