Addison Russell named Co-Defensive Player of the Month for August
ESPN named its defensive players of the month for August, and the Cubs 22-year old All-Star shortstop Addison Russell shared the award with Royals’ shortstop Alcides Escobar.
Russell finished the month with seven defensive runs saved. Russell was tied with Brandon Crawford with 17 defensive runs saved on the season, the most at the position, when the calendar flipped to September.
According to ESPN, Russell has saved 36 runs over the past two-seasons, which is third best among infielders in baseball behind only the Angels’ Andrelton Simmons (39) and the Giants’ Brandon Crawford (37).
From ESPN: “This season, Russell is eight plays above average on balls hit in the shortstop-third base hole, five plays above average on balls hit up the middle, and eight plays above average on everything else.” Over the last eight seasons, Crawford last year is the only shortstop “to be plus-5 or better in all three of those areas in a single-season.”
Talking about Russell’s defense in August would not be complete without the highlight of The Stop he made in San Diego.
And The Catch he made at Wrigley Field against the Pirates … a look at Addison Russell’s defensive highlights will include this gem moving forward.
Addison Russell is an incredible shortstop that is still learning how to play the position. Russell works constantly with Gary Jones on his defense and throws to first base. The numbers back up what is seen on almost a daily basis, just how special a defensive player he is.