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Chicago Cubs: Addison Russell proving himself to the front office

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Chicago Cubs: Addison Russell proving himself to the front office

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Since June 1, Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell carries a .305/.368/.457 line with a wRC+ of 122. In that total of 31 games, he’s hitting the baseball hard more often with a 27.9 percent hard contact rate and 55.8 medium contact rate and soft contact rate below 20 percent. He’s got a 17.1 percent strikeout rate over this stretch, too.

For the season, his OPS sits at a career high of .755. To compare that to his All-Star season, Russell finished 2016 with a .738 OPS.
This is a big season for the young infielder after a down 2017 campaign that saw a dip in power and various injuries that kept him out for extensive time. He’s already played in 80 games this season after only 110 last season total. He played in 152 games in 2016.
Some other comparisons to the 2017 season include his 2.4 WAR. He already has a 2.6 WAR in 2018. He walked a total of 29 times in 2017 but already has 29 walks this season.

Turning things around
He came into the season as a guy the Cubs didn’t necessarily need, and after a down 2017 season, some thought moving Javier Baez to shortstop might be the better move for the team.

When Baez plays shortstop, that opens up a spot for Ben Zobrist. Of, course he mainly plays a combination of corner outfield or second base.

Offensively, his April was atrocious, as was most of the Cubs offense. However, over the last two months he’s seemed to return to form of a defensive specialist with a high upside bat.

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