Saturday night saw a bevy of the league’s top prospects play in Arizona at the eighth annual Fall Stars Game.
Addison Russell, the Oakland Athletics’ phenom minor league shortstop, was the sole Bay Area representative, playing for the Arizona Fall League East team. He saw two at-bats and finished the game 0-2 with a strikeout.
Russell, is currently hitting .245 with one homerun and three RBI in the Arizona Fall League, but is still widely regarded as Oakland’s top prospect.
Coming into the 2013 season Russell was ranked as the No. 48 ranked by both MLB.com and Baseball America. As a 19-year-old, Russell started the year at Oakland’s high A-ball affiliate, the Stockton Ports, but finished his season with a short stint (13 at-bats) at Triple-A Sacramento. In his second professional season, Russell batted a combined .269/.369/.495 with 17 homeruns, 60 RBI and 21 stolen bases.
Russell is considered to be the team’s future star middle infielder.