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Russell Ready For The Challenges Of High-A

Russell is 2-for-8 with 2 walks in 2 games.

STOCKTON - Addison Russell has had a bit of a bumpy start to his first full professional season, but expectations are still sky-high for the Oakland A's top prospect. Prospect watchers are already counting the days before Russell reaches the big leagues, but the Pace, Florida, native is focused on the everyday process. (Bonus video of Russell included in this story.)

Since signing his pro contract with the Oakland A's last June, Addison Russell's ride through the minor leagues has been a smooth one. The then-18-year-old hit a combined .369/.432/.594 in 55 games split between Rookie ball, short-season A and Low-A last year and then starred during the A's fall Instructional League. The A's rewarded Russell's performance last season with a non-roster invite to...

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