What was beginning to look like smooth sailing into the majors was halted abruptly when Oakland’s top prospect, Addison Russell, injured his hamstring on Friday in a game against the Arkansas Travelers. Russell, the No. 12 prospect according to MLB.com’s Top 100 prospect list, was sent to the disabled list with a grade-3 strain, which is a tear of the upper hamstring.
It was the same leg that Russell, 20, aggravated in Spring Training, but according to Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com, the injuries aren’t believed to be related to each other.
After coasting through his first full season in 2013, with a triple slash of .269/.369/.495, according to Baseball Reference, in 110 games combined with Oakland affiliates, Stockton Ports and Sacramento River Cats, Russell headed to Spring Training with the A’s in 2014. In 12 games with the club Russell went 7 for 25 with a pair of doubles and a triple.
Then, Russell was sent to Oakland’s AA club, the Midland Rockhounds. Russell’s first two games were, for lack of other words, godly, going 5 for 7 with a home run, a double, two RBI, two runs and a stolen base. Obviously, his triple slash numbers (.714/.714/1.286), – !!! – were going to come back down from outer space, but ripping through pitching in the Texas League was sure to get Russell a call to either AAA or the MLB.
It’s easy to get ahead of myself looking at Russell, but that shows more about him then it does about me. Russell has had a microscope on him since A’s general manager Billy Beane unprecedentedly drafted him in the first round in 2012 out of high school. Since then, Russell has been looked at by A’s fans as “the future”. With that being said, the A’s and its fans will just have to wait a little longer to see Eric Sogard‘s “Face of the A’s” successor in the green and gold.