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Oakland's next home-grown star

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07:28 AM ET 10.25 | This time of year, his name may blend in with the hundreds of others trying to stand out in the Arizona Fall League. [But] shortstop Addison Russell holds singular status in the Oakland A's farm system. The team's undisputed top prospect, Russell has the potential to become the A's first homegrown star-quality position player since third baseman Eric Chavez broke in way back in 1998. Others have made splashes. Shortstop Bobby Crosby won a Rookie of the Year award but never developed into a consistent force. First baseman/outfielder Nick Swisher had a 35-homer season but was hardly a dominant player by the time he was traded to the Chicago White Sox. Outfielder Yoenis Cespedes? He was an international free agent and didn't come up through the system. But in Russell, the A's have a potential five-tool standout.

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October 25, 2013  07:56 AM ET

Always be wary of "five tool" prospects, because they've probably been drafted on their athleticism instead of their baseball acumen. Doesn't matter how athletic you are if you don't have the coordination and vision that lets you really hit the ball. This kid has power potential, but he also struck out at a pace of about 160 for a 162 game season in A ball and then struck out in 9 of 13 at bats in an inexplicable callup to AAA (A ball to AAA?!?!).
Good luck to him and maybe he'll be a fine ML player, but he's a strange pick for a story here.

October 25, 2013  07:57 AM ET

Home Grown.......must be sending him to the Anabolical Steroid doctor there in Oakland.

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October 25, 2013  10:24 AM ET

He looks like a little leaguer.

October 25, 2013  09:44 PM ET

Every year teams underestimate The A's, Every year their wrong!

 
October 25, 2013  10:43 PM ET

I hope he turns out to be a winner for them. I'm not at all an Oakland "homer", but I can't help but be impressed with how well the A's have done given their payroll, small market status, etc.

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