As Patrick Mooney suggested in this past week’s CSN Chicago article the Cubs have a shortstop that, believe it or not, has the talent to outshine everyone he shares a diamond with.
The start of spring training is a reminder that Russell has still only spent one wire-to-wire season in The Show. He turned 23 last month and has already become a World Series champion, the youngest player in franchise history to start an All-Star Game and the first Cub shortstop to reach 95 RBI since Ernie Banks in 1960.
Addison Russell is so young, has so much potential and, with that World Series grand slam, is proving to play big when it matters most. I’m excited for the evolutions of Bryant and Rizzo. I’m intrigued by the potential of Baez. And watching Schwarber swing a bat never gets old. But I’m most hopeful about Russell and how far his demeanor, bravado and big-time talent will take him over the next few years.