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Oakland’s Addison Russell deemed AZL’s top prospect

Sep 24, 2012, 6:35 PM EDT

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Shortstop Addison Russell, the 11th overall pick in the 2012 draft, beat out a couple of higher profile Cubs to be named the Arizona League’s No. 1 prospect by Baseball America on Monday.

Cubs outfielders did claim the second and fourth spots on the list, which ranked the top 20 prospects from the 13-team league. Albert Almora, the sixth overall pick in the draft, was ranked No. 2 after hitting .347/.363/.480 with one homer in his 18 games in Arizona. Cuban defector Jorge Soler was ranked fourth despite hitting .241/.328/.389 with two homers in his 14 games there. Soler looked better after moving up to the Midwest League, where he hit .338/.398/.513 in 20 games.

League MVP Joey Gallo, who was drafted by the Rangers 39th overall this year, claimed the third spot. The third baseman hit .293/.435/.733 with 18 homers in 43 games.

The 18-year-old Russell hit .415/.488/.717 with six homers and nine steals in his 26 games in Arizona. There’s some skepticism about whether he’ll remain at short or require a move to third, but the A’s have to be thrilled with the way he hit in his introduction to the pros. He’ll probably open next year in low-A ball in the Midwest League.

  1. proudlycanadian - Sep 24, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    Hard to take any rankings of kids this young seriously.

  2. psunick - Sep 24, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    Except when it involves Oakland, proudly.

    14 rookies on a playoff contending roster!

  3. demolition510 - Sep 25, 2012 at 8:27 AM

    Let’s go Oakland

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