The rosters for the AFL All-Star teams have been announced, and despite some relatively pedestrian numbers in the AFL, Addison Russell has been selected to represent the league’s East Division. Previously known as the Rising Stars Game, the newly dubbed Fall Stars Game will feature a multitude of top prospects from all over the minor leagues.
Russell has a ceiling as high as just about anyone in the AFL, and figures to make an impact with the Oakland Athletics sooner rather than later. This game will be yet another chance for A’s fans to see their hopeful star shortstop of the future. Russell is the highest ranked prospect at number 17 to make the East Division roster.
Russell still hasn’t gotten his bat going, hitting .222/.294/.378 in 50 plate appearances in the AFL. There should not be any real cause for concern though because the size of the sample is so small that if it were to fall during the middle of a full season it would simply be a slump. The 19 year old stud prospect is still on the fast track to Oakland and still figures to be an important piece for the A’s moving forward.
His selection to the Fall Stars Game is simply a recognition of the potential he has exhibited, and shows that he belongs in this game alongside prospects like Byron Buxton, Kris Bryant, and Jorge Soler.