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Scouts regard Russell as a good baseball player, but his tools might not be enough to persuade a club to buy him out of his commitment to Fresno State. He plays shortstop now and owns a plus arm, but the consensus is that he will have to move to second base or center field in pro ball, perhaps making him a utilityman down the line. He has fringy speed that plays up because of his instincts. At the plate, Russell has quick hands, an aggressive approach and a slight uppercut. He's a gap-to-gap hitter with occasional pull power, and he projects as a fringe-average hitter with below-average power.