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Former Laker RHP Addison Russ drafted by Philadelphia Phillies

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

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Former Lake Land College Lakers baseball pitcher, Addison Russ, has been drafted in the 19th round by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2017 MLB Draft.

Russ was the 563rd pick overall.

A right-handed hurler, Russ played at Randall High School in Amarillo, TX, going on to play his freshman college season at Frank Phillips College in Borger, TX, where he earned a 4-2 record.

Addison Russ
From the Texas panhandle, Russ transferred to Lake Land College in Mattoon, IL, to play his sophomore season, compiling a 6-6 record, starting in all 13 of his appearances and completing five of those starts. Russ tossed 88 2/3 innings, posting a 3.15 ERA.

Russ played under the guidance of Lake Land head baseball coach, Bill Jackson, and pitching coach, Zach Stuart, who coached Russ in Missouri the summer prior to his coming to Lake Land. Russ reportedly wanted a change and decided to transfer to Lake Land, joining Stuart, who was starting his first year as an assistant to Jackson.
Russ 2015 Lake Land College pitching statistics

Some of Russ's 2015 NJCAA national rankings (while at Lake Land) include:
  • 16th ... Innings Pitched ... 88 2/3
  • 22nd ... Complete Games ... 5
  • 35th ... Games Started ... 13
  • 51st ... Strikeouts ... 76
  • 142nd ... ERA ... 3.15

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After graduating Lake Land, Russ returned to his home state of Texas, pitching for Houston Baptist University, a NCAA Division I member playing in the Southland Conference.

In his junior season at HBU, Russ accumulated a team best 66 strikeouts in 99 1/3 innings of work. Russ sported an 8-5 record with a 3.44 ERA.

In 2017, as a senior, Russ went 2-6 with a 3.62 ERA in 92 complete innings pitched. Russ started in all 15 of his senior appearances. Russ again led the Huskies staff in strikeouts with 79, one of every four strikeouts thrown by the entire staff belonging to Russ.
Russ 2017 Houston Baptist University pitching statistics (click image for larger/sharper view)

 
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