May
19

2012 Draft: Addison Russell

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The 2012 amateur draft is just about three weeks away, so between now and then I’m going to highlight some prospects individually rather than lump them together into larger posts.

Addison Russell | SS

Background
A shortstop at Pace High School in Pace, Florida — on the panhandle near the Alabama border — Russell has battled weight issues in the past but dropped at least 20 lbs. over the winter and muscled up considerably. He is a committed to Alabama and is advised by Scott Boras.

Scouting Report
Listed at 6-foot-0 and 215 lbs., Russell is a bat-first prospect with big raw power to the pull side and the ability to drive the ball to all fields. His approach is fine but still needs some refinement, though he has shown the ability to handle velocity and quality breaking balls in showcase events. He’s a man of a thousand stances, tinkering with his setup constantly. That will have to change at some point. Russell’s defensive skills are surprisingly strong for a kid his size, as he sports smooth hands, a strong and accurate arm, and a quick first step. The long-term concern is that he’ll outgrow shortstop and slide over to third, though the bat works fine there and he should be an above-average defender.

Miscellany
Keith Law has the Yankees selecting Russell with their first round pick in his latest mock draft, and I figured that was as good a place to start our individual profiles as any. Baseball America recently ranked him as the 28th best prospect in the draft, which is right in line with the team’s first selection (#30 overall). Scouting director Damon Oppenheimer loves his bat-first high school position players and Russell certainly qualifies. His potential as a hitter is a bit more obvious than Dante Bichette Jr.’s, who had to clean up his swing after the draft in order to take off as a prospect. I can only assume Boras will want the full $1.6M first round slot money and then some.

Categories : Draft
  • Joe

    What free agents to be for the yanks would bring draft pick compensation this year? Really wish they let Freddy walk!

    • Robert

      I believe Swisher is.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      It depends who they make a qualifying offer to. Swisher will definitely get one, Martin and Kuroda might. Freddy, Chavez, Ibanez, Andruw definitely won’t.

  • Joe

    What are your thoughts on Travis jankowski?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      I don’t know anything about him, sorry.

  • Brian S.

    He sounds too good for the Yankees to draft him. If the last two years are any indication the Yankees will just draft some asshole that is the 200th best prospect in the draft with their first pick.

    • Will

      God forbid the Yankees have more scouting than some moron with a blog who never sees any of the players he ranks. Listening to him instead makes much more sense

    • Steve (different one)

      Not sure why I am taking the bait, but Bichette is a legit prospect that the yanks were ahead of the curve on. But I don’t want to interrupt the trolling attempt. Carry on.

      • Brian S.

        I guess criticizing decisions I didn’t agree with is trolling?

        • Will

          No, your are implying that Yankees know less than a guy with a blog.

        • Ted Nelson

          What sort of amateur scouting do you do to have disagreed? Reading one media top 200 list is not scouting.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Ah, the downfall of the internet, where you actually have information and analysis as to the MLB draft, as opposed to before, where your only access to players not in the major leagues was a couple of pages in the team’s yearbook. Yes, now any 14 year-old out there thinks they can do better than people with actual experience.

      • Voice of Reason

        I don’t think it’s all that fair to reduce the entirety of amateur scouting material currently available to people to “any 14 year old.” Especially considering that your Sickels/KLaw/BA/(or even riveraveblues) reports are derived largely from what “actual” scouts say.

        • Ted Nelson

          “Scouts” who can’t get a job with a team…

          No real scout is going to tell Law their opinion if they want to keep thee job. If your team actually want to take a kid, hyping him on ESPN is not goin to help you draft or sign him.

    • Jesse

      Still bitter over the Cito pick?

      • Brian S.

        Considering Taijuan Walker was drafted nine spots after him, yes.

        • Ted Nelson

          No team is going to get the best player on the board every time.

        • Wayne

          Yankees should have taken Kyle richter from San margarita high school. He wiil be the next big thing as far as dominant starting pitching. Will be better than David price and Felix Hernandez. Mark my words that’s the guy Yankees should have taken with first pick in 2010 not Cito culver. Not Tajiuan walker

    • Ted Nelson

      This is the same team that was going to take Trout and Votto… But they have no idea how to draft and the BA top 200 is everything… Have fun with that narrative.

  • DERP

    I would kill for Marcus Stroman. Doubtful he falls this far though.

    • Greg

      Zero chance, but agreed. If I were gonna bank on any player in this draft, it would be Stroman. He could probably walk into a ML stadium tomorrow and be a lights out high leverage reliever, but I hope he doesn’t get pigeon-holed there because of his size.

  • Ray Fuego

    A man of many stances is a man of many slumps.

    • Voice of Reason

      worked pretty well for Edgar Martinez and Cal Ripken

  • Tomaconds

    Mattingly tinkered all the time.

  • sum dum phuk

    I wish they’d take a flier on Lucas Gioloto.

  • crawdaddie

    The draft is two weeks away on Monday.

  • Wayne

    I would look at Adrian Jerome demarre from Simpson university. I think he could develop quickly. Does anyone know where he is projected to go?

  • Wayne

    Marcus stroman is Tom Gordon at best. Short stocky guy. He’s not a starter will become a reliever that is pretty good at best! Would’nt worry about who drafts him.

    • Steve (different one)

      Well, drafting Tom Gordon’s career would be a pretty great result.