CHICAGO (AP) — Addison Russell started on the bag, then then moved behind the base and finally ended up in front for a couple more throws. Then it was his turn to feed Starlin Castro, and he gracefully fielded each grounder before making an assortment of flips to the shortstop coming across second.
Each nimble step had a purpose. Every throw was on target. Not bad at all for a rookie learning how to play second base with the Chicago Cubs.
“I feel pretty comfortable at second,” Russell said. “You know I’m turning a lot more double plays more smoothly, also just making routine ground balls as well. That builds my confidence.”
Before Russell was promoted to the Cubs in April, the sum total of his professional experience at second was five starts at Triple-A Iowa. He was a high school shortstop when Oakland selected him with the No. 11…
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