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Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 4", Weight: 200 lb. Born: January 8, 1986 in Cincinnati, OH
High School: Heritage (Colleyville, TX)
School: University of Texas at Austin
Drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 14th round of the 2007 amateur draft. Contract Status: Signed thru 2011, under team control till 2016.
James Russell was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 14th Round of the 2007 MLB Draft. He was previously drafted by the Seattle Mariners twice, once in the 37th Round in 2004 and once in the 17th Round in 2005, but didn't sign either time. He notched three scoreless starts between Mesa and Peoria in 2007 before moving up to Daytona in 2008. After posting a 3.51 ERA in 8 starts there, Russell was promoted to Tennessee. Russell really struggled the rest of '08 and the beginning of '09 with Tennessee but still moved up to Iowa for the rest of that season. The southpaw was used primarily as a reliever, making just 7 starts in 26 appearances for the I-Cubs, and went 3-3 with a 3.43 ERA. He made his first ML appearance on April 5, 2010. The son of former All-Star closer Jeff Russell, the crafty left-hander went 1-1 with a 4.96 ERA and a 7.7 K/9 in 57 games last season for the Cubs. He began 2011 in the bullpen, struggled in a few spot starts after Andrew Cashner and Randy Wells went down to injury, and has since been put back in that pen. As a reliever, Russell finished with a 2.19 ERA in 59 games. He held lefties to just a .250 batting average and a measley .685 OPS. With Sean Marshall gone, Russell will likely be the Cubs best lefty out of the pen in 2012.