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1. Addison Russell (SS)
Addison Russell was taken with the 11th overall pick in the 2012 draft and hit the ground running. In 217 at-bats, Russell batted .369 with seven home runs and 16 stolen bases while playing very good defense. What was most impressive part of his year was that 58 of those at-bats were in the Midwest League where he played as an 18-year-old.
Russell is a big kid and looks larger than his 6-foot, 185 pound frame would suggest. He has plus bat speed and a short compact swing that when combined with his physicality, should equate to at least above average power. He also has plus speed with a time of 6.7 second in the 60-yard-dash, and a time of 4.17 seconds down to first base. He also should be able to stay at shortstop as he demonstrates nice footwork and an above average arm.
His hitting mechanics are good with a nice wide stance that should enable him to keep good balance through the swing. His setup is a little noisy and the Athletics should look to quiet this down. Again, the swing is compact and with strong hands, I definitely see future power.
The Athletics have a history of moving their prospects quickly and I believe that will be the case with Russell. Don’t expect a .369 batting average going forward as his BABIP was an unsustainable .448 in 2012.
2. Dan Straily (RHP)
3. A.J. Cole (RHP)
4. Grant Green (OF/IF)
5. Michael Choice (OF)
6. Miles Head (3B)
7. Sonny Gray (RHP)
8. Chris Bostick (SS)
9. Renato Nunez (3B)
10. Brad Peacock (RHP)