11/14/2013 - Baseball Factory Select Training & Competition at Pirate City
Russ is an intelligent young 2020 C/1B. In the infield at 1B, Russ has a good foundation. Russ can make adjustments pre-pitch very well and works very hard to improve and hone his skills. Behind the plate, he has controlled footwork and receives the ball in front of his body well. He will make great strides as he keeps improving his blocking, receiving and communication on the field. As a hitter, Russ, has a good load and times the ball well. As he slows down and learns to control his body mechanics and continuing to improve mentally as a hitter, he will make great improvements due to his high coachability.
06/02/2013 - Interactive Video Program - River Forest (Chicago), IL
Russ is a young, 2-way player with a thin frame. Behind the plate, Russ has sure hands, he tracks the ball well, and he moves with good flexibility. He centers the ball well, his exchange is clean, and the throws with consistency from a long arm action. At 1st base, Russ showed good pre-pitch actions, he fields athletically, and he has accuracy to his target. Offensively, Russ has a square set-up, a short stride, and good balance. He is short to the ball, he makes consistent contact, and he gets good extension through the ball. Abilities can improve with work on the following.
1. Stay lower / widen base
3. Long toss
1. More sure hands
2. Field out front
3. Square up body to throw
1. Keep hands high
2. More lower 1/2