Addison Russell led Cubs in home runs in the Cactus League
Addison Russell, the Cubs 22-year old shortstop, had a very good camp and flashed his power this spring in the Cactus League. Russell led the Cubs in home runs while continuing to play Gold Glove caliber defense.
Joe Maddon and Anthony Rizzo think Russell is primed for a breakout season. Russell was a difference maker last year with his glove and showed steady improvement at the plate as he gained confidence in the big leagues.
Russell begins this season, not in the minors, but in the majors as the starting shortstop for a contending team. Russell is the anchor, defensively, of an infield that includes three players considered to be among the best in the game.
With the Cubs breaking camp following Wednesday’s 10-0 win over a Rockies’ split squad, ESPN Chicago posted highlights, and lowlights, of the Cactus League schedule and pointed out how well Russell played in Arizona this spring.
Addison Russell led the Cubs in home runs (5) and finished with a .260/.309/.580 line in the Valley. Russell was 13-for-50 in 18 games with a double and five home runs. Almost half of Russell’s hits went for extra bases.
Over his last five Cactus League games, Russell was 5-for-16 with a double, three home runs, a walk and four strikeouts.
Addison Russell is a difference maker in the field and those in the game feel his bat will start catching up with his glove this season.
For everything Addison Russell, Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber accomplished last season, all three started the season in the minors. Monday is the first Opening Day for Russell, Bryant and Schwarber.