Addison Russell is one of the few MLB players who was drafted directly from high school. He made his MLB debut in 2015, and a year later, in 2016, he won the World Series with the Chicago Cubs, which was their first in 108 years, putting an end to the curse of the billy goat. Here’s a look at Addison’s rise to the top and details from his personal life.
Addison Russell Bio (Age, Ethnicity, Other Background Information)
Addison was born on 23 January 1994 in Pensacola, Florida. At the age of three months, Addison almost lost his life due to a respiratory infection known as “Human Respiratory Syncytial Virus”. Russell has Filipino roots on his mother’s side. He is the oldest child of four.
He played high school baseball at Pace High School in Florida. He also played football as a running back but focused more on baseball. Perfect Game ranked him number 24 on their list of high school sweethearts. In 2010, Russell Addison played in the Under Armour All-America Baseball Game and was a member of the U18 national team that won gold at the 2011 COPABE 18U/AAA Pan American Games.
Addison signed a national letter of intent in November 2011 to play college baseball with the Auburn Tigers baseball team at Auburn University College Baseball. However, he would not join the Oakland Athletics, who selected him for the 11th overall selection in the first round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft. He received a signing bonus of $2.625 million
He started playing in the minor league at the Arizona League Athletics, and by the end of the 2012 season, Baseball America named him the most promising player in the Oakland Athletics. In July 2014, Addison was transferred to the Chicago Cubs. After another side trip to the Minor League, Addison Russell was called up to the Major League in April 2015. The following year, Addison’s performance was the key to winning the World Series.
Russell’s parents are Mother Milany Ocampo-Russell and father Wayne Russell. However, Wayne Russell is not his biological father, but his stepfather. Addison waGeoffreylly was born Geoffrey O’Neal Addison Robert Watts Jr III as the son of an African-American father who has remained unknown to the media.
After Wayne Russell adopted him at the age of 13, he changed his name to Addison Wayne Russell. According to the information, we have gathered, Addison’s father was never really involved in his life. Since he was 30 months old, his mother’s husband, Wayne Russell, was the father figure in his life.
No information on Addison’s biological father has ever come forward. However, in early 2017, Addison’s mother, USA Today, said that when Addison was born, she agreed with his biological father to name him Addison after the character of her favorite actor Bruce Willis, David Addison, in her favorite TV series about him, the television series Moonlighting.
Addison Russell has two children by two different women. One of his children, son Aiden Kai Margallo Russell, comes from his marriage to Melisa Reidy, which ended in divorce in 2017. Addison met Melisa through a mutual friend in Pensacola, Florida, and they were married in January 2016. Before their marriage, however, they had welcomed Aiden in 2015.
Unfortunately, their marriage was short-lived. In June 2017, Melisa went to her Instagram page to post a cryptic message saying that she had been cheated, lied to, and treated with disrespect, so she was looking forward to a fresh start. Her friend went to the comments section of the now-deleted Instagram posting and claimed that Addison had beaten Melisa in front of the children.
Addison would later publish a statement denying the allegations that he had physically abused his wife. The MLB opened investigations into the allegations of physical abuse, but Melisa’s lawyer said Melisa would not cooperate with the MLB in the investigations.
Addison’s other child, a daughter named Mila Jade Engstrom-Russell, was born in May 2015 to his ex-girlfriend Mallory Engstrom. Before things got sour, Addison was known to rave about his wife (Melisa) on his Instagram page frequently. When the Cubs won the 2016 World Series, she was there with her two children to celebrate the trophy with him. Melisa is from Bay Minette, Alabama, and is a licensed cosmetologist.
In June 2018, Addison Russell’s career statistics were as follows:
The average power of impact: 243
Home runs: 48
Runs entered: 206