James Russell

James Russell #40

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  • B/T: L/L
  • 6' 4"/205
  • Age: 29

James Russell Stats

0-2 5.29 34.0 20 1.50

James Russell MLB Career Stats

10-18 3.90 330.1 239 1.29

James Russell Bio

  • Full Name: James Clayton Russell
  • Born: 1/8/1986 in Cincinnati, OH
  • Draft: 2007, Chicago Cubs, 14th rd. (427th overall)
  • College: Texas
  • Debut: April 5, 2010
  • Relationship(s): son of Jeff Russell
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2015 Stats 0 2 5.29 49 0 1 34.0 20 1.50
MLB Career Stats 10 18 3.90 387 6 4 330.1 239 1.29
  • Status: Non-Roster Invitee

James Russell Four-seam FB Statcast Averages

Year Team LG NP Pitch Type Avg Pitch Speed (mph) Avg Perceived Speed (mph) Avg Spin Rate (rpm) Avg Extension (feet) Avg Exit Velocity (mph)
2015 Cubs NL 250 Four-seam FB 90.36 89.36 2188.00 5.77 88.45
MLB Avg - - - Four-seam FB 92.90 92.54 2213.00 6.16 89.87


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November 12, 2015 at 2:06 PM ET

Russell inks deal with Phillies

The Phillies added a veteran arm to their pitching mix on Thursday, when they agreed to terms with left-hander James Russell on a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training.

September 1, 2015 at 9:41 PM ET

Baez, callups join Cubs along with Jackson

Newly acquired outfielder Austin Jackson joined the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Tuesday along with four players from Triple-A Iowa, including infielder Javier Baez.


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Season G Rank
2012 77 6th in NL
2013 74 10th in NL


Season HLD Rank
2013 19 13th in NL

James Russell Latest Transactions

Team Date Transaction
November 12, 2015 Philadelphia Phillies signed free agent LHP James Russell to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.
October 6, 2015 LHP James Russell elected free agency.
September 3, 2015 Chicago Cubs sent LHP James Russell outright to Iowa Cubs.
September 1, 2015 Chicago Cubs designated LHP James Russell for assignment.
May 5, 2015 Chicago Cubs selected the contract of LHP James Russell from Iowa Cubs.
April 13, 2015 LHP James Russell assigned to Iowa Cubs from AZL Cubs.
April 8, 2015 Chicago Cubs signed free agent LHP James Russell to a minor league contract.
April 8, 2015 LHP James Russell assigned to AZL Cubs.
March 29, 2015 Atlanta Braves released LHP James Russell.
August 1, 2014 Atlanta Braves activated LHP James Russell.
July 31, 2014 Chicago Cubs traded 2B Emilio Bonifacio, LHP James Russell and cash to Atlanta Braves for C Victor Caratini.
June 29, 2010 Chicago Cubs recalled LHP James Russell from Iowa Cubs.
June 12, 2010 Chicago Cubs optioned James Russell to Iowa Cubs.
April 4, 2010 Chicago Cubs selected the contract of James Russell from Iowa Cubs.
January 13, 2010 Chicago Cubs invited non-roster LHP James Russell to spring training.
May 29, 2009 James Russell assigned to Iowa Cubs from Tennessee Smokies.

James Clayton Russell Bio Info

James has spent nearly all of the last four seasons in Chicago's bullpen after he made his big league debut in 2010... he was selected by the organization in the 14th round of the 2007 draft, and his 215 games pitched since the start of 2011 lead all lefthanders and rank seventh-most in the majors... Owns a 3.47 ERA (85 ER/220.1 IP) and a 10-9 record in 267 major league relief outings ... made five starts in 2011, going 0-5 with a 9.33 ERA (19 ER/18.1 IP)... His 57 appearances for Chicago in 2010 made him just the eighth Cubs rookie southpaw to reach 50 outings in a campaign... The lefty went 11-16 with a 4.68 ERA (130 ER/250.0 IP) in 71 minor league games (40 starts)... Attended the University of Texas … graduated from Navarro Junior College (Texas) in 2006... Graduated from Colleyville Heritage High School (Texas) in 2004... His father, Jeff, pitched for the Reds (1983-84), Rangers (1985-92, 1995-96), Athletics (1992), Red Sox (1993-94) and Indians (1994)... Participated in the 2011-13 Cubs Caravans.


James led the Cubs, and ranked tied for 10th in the N.L., with 74 relief appearances in his fourth season with Chicago ... went 1-6 with a 3.59 ERA (21 ER/52.2 IP) and a team-leading 19 holds... Is just the fifth Cubs lefty to record multiple 70-game seasons for Chicago, joining Paul Assenmacher (1990-92), Sean Marshall (2010-11), Chuck McElroy (1991-92) and Bob Patterson (1996-97)... Posted a 1.89 ERA (7 ER/33.1 IP) in 41 day games ... had a 6.52 ERA (14 ER/19.1 IP) in 33 night games... Had a 2.95 ERA (7 ER/21.1 IP) in 31 games against the N.L. Central... Held left-handed hitters to a .183 average (21-for-115) ... right-handed hitters batted .321 (25-for-78) against him... Finished with a 1.22 WHIP, his lowest in a single season... Produced a 1.40 ERA (4 ER/25.2 IP) in his first 32 games through June 13 ... had a 5.67 ERA (17 ER/27.0 IP) in his final 42 outings beginning June 14... Stranded 36 of 51 inherited runners ... stranded 10 of 11 in April... Retired 52 of 74 first batters faced... Made his 200th-career appearance, April 4 in Pittsburgh... Began the season with 17-straight scoreless appearances, spanning 13.0 innings, April 1-May 6 … walked two and struck out 15 in that span... With 11.0 scoreless frames in April, became the first Cubs reliever in 44 years to go the season's first month without allowing a run while throwing at least 11.0 innings … the previous Cub to turn the trick was Ted Abernathy in 1969 (16.2 innings)... Allowed his first run of the season, May 8 vs. St. Louis, resulting in a blown save... Picked up his lone win of the season, May 12 in Washington, tossing a scoreless eighth inning with the game tied, 1-1 … Chicago would score the deciding run in the ninth... Tossed a season-high 1.2 innings of relief, June 5 at the Angels, allowing one run and suffering a blown save - Cubs went on to win, 8-6... After allowing four runs in three outings, June 28-July 2, kept the opponent scoreless in 20 of his next 21 games, July 6-August 16, posting a 1.54 ERA (2 ER/11.2 IP) in that stretch.

2012 James recorded career-highs with 77 relief appearances and 69.1 innings pitched in his third full season with the Cubs ... he went 7-1 with a 3.25 ERA (25 ER/69.1 IP), walking 23 and striking out 55 ... his 77 relief appearances ranked tied for second-most among National League lefties...Has lowered his season ERA in each of his first three big league campaigns ... had a 4.96 ERA in his rookie 2010 season, a 4.12 ERA in 2011 and a 3.25 ERA this season. ...Allowed just five home runs in 69.1 innings pitched. ...Retired 54 of 77 first batters faced ... collected 13 holds, and was two for five in save opportunities. ...Held the opposition scoreless in 60 of 77 outings ... did not walk a batter in 57 of his games pitched. ...Stranded 20 of 29 inherited runners ... stranded his first 10 inherited runners to start the year through June 12, but allowed nine of 19 inherited runners to score from June 17 through the end of the year. ...Posted a 1.99 home ERA (9 ER/40.2 IP), over three runs lower than his 5.02 road ERA (16 ER/28.2 IP). ...Recorded a 2.38 ERA (11 ER/41.2 IP) in 43 games prior to the All-Star break ... had a 4.55 ERA (14 ER/27.2 IP) in 34 games in the second half. ...Held the opponent scoreless in his first nine appearances to start the season, spanning 7.2 innings, through April 27. ...Twice tossed a season-high 2.0 innings of relief: May 6 vs. the Dodgers and July 4 in Atlanta - both were scoreless appearances. ...Recorded his first career save, May 29 vs. the Padres, securing a 5-3 victory. ...Surrendered a career-high six runs in 0.2 innings of work, July 21 in St. Louis ... taking away that outing, pitched to a 2.49 ERA (19 ER/68.2 IP) in his 76 other outings on the season. ...Pitched to a 1.80 ERA (3 ER/15.0 IP) in his final 18 outings from August 22 through the end of the season. 2011 James made 64 appearances in his second season with the Cubs, including five spot starts...pitched to a 4.12 ERA (31 ER/67.2 IP), including a 2.19 mark (12 ER/49.1 IP) in 59 relief appearances...In his final 18 appearances at Wrigley dating to June 28, posted a 0.69 ERA (1 ER/13.0 IP)...yielded a run in two of those outings and an earned run in just one...Held the opponent scoreless in 48 of his 59 relief appearances...Limited left-handed hitters to a .250 average (28-for-112) compared to a .312 average (48-for-154) against right-handed hitters...Stranded 31 of 42 inherited runners...Posted a 1.69 ERA (4 ER/21.1 IP) during the day (24 outings)...Had a 1.10 ERA (2 ER/16.1 IP) in 16 relief appearances against the N.L. East...Pitched three-straight days twice, holding the opponent scoreless: June 24-26 and July 16-18...Was 1-2 with a 3.90 ERA (14 ER/32.1 IP) at home compared to a 0-4 ledger with a 4.33 ERA (17 ER/35.1 IP) on the road...Did not surrender an earned run in his first 19 relief outings on the road through July 29 (17.0 IP)...Rode a career-high six-game losing streak from April 12 through the end of the season...When pitching in relief with one or more days rest, posted a 1.64 ERA (7 ER/38.1 IP) in 41 appearances...owned a 4.09 ERA (5 ER/11.0 IP) in 18 relief appearances on no days rest...Finished April with a monthly-high 8.31 ERA (12 ER/13.0 IP) in seven appearances (three starts)...Made his first career start, April 12 in Houston...charged with five runs (four earned) in 1.2 innings of work in an 11-2 setback...Recorded his fifth, and final, start on May 22 in Boston...allowed three runs in 4.0 innings of work in a 5-1 setback...Produced a 1.69 ERA (4 ER/21.1 IP), struck out 15 and walked five in 28 appearances in June and July...Held the opponent scoreless in 18-straight outings (14.0 IP), June 24- July 29. 2010 James made 57 relief appearances in his debut season with the Cubs after breaking camp with the team ... was 1-1 with a 4.96 ERA (27 ER/49.0 IP), including a 2.92 ERA (8 ER/24.2 IP) in 28 road contests. ... Is the eighth rookie southpaw to reach 50 appearances for Chicago ... is the fourth to reach 57 since Will Ohman had 69 in 2005. ... Allowed nine combined earned runs, June 11 vs. the White Sox and September 5 vs. the Mets (0.2 IP) ... taking away those two outings, had a 3.35 ERA (18 ER/48.1 IP) in his 55 other games. ... Recorded a 3.62 ERA (11 ER/27.1 IP) in 28 relief outings in the first half ... posted a 6.65 ERA (16 ER/21.2 IP) in 29 games following the All-Star break. ... Walked 11 and fanned 42, while allowing a team-high 11 home runs in relief. ... In his first 15 games through May 20, posted a 2.70 ERA (4 ER/13.1 IP), walking just two compared to 12 strikeouts. ... Made his major league debut Opening Day, April 5 in Atlanta, tossing 2.0 scoreless innings. w Became the first Cubs southpaw in nearly 33 years to throw at least 2.0 scoreless innings of relief in his major league debut - Willie Hernandez threw 2.1 shutout innings in his debut, April 9, 1977 vs. the Mets. ... Tossed a career-high 4.0 shutout innings of relief, May 28 vs. St. Louis. ... Optioned to Triple-A Iowa, June 12, for RHP Mitch Atkins and had a 5.73 ERA (7 ER/11.0 IP) in five games before he was recalled, June 29. ... Went a career-high nine-straight games without allowing a run, July 1-17, spanning 6.1 innings. ... Recorded his first major league win, September 3 vs. the Mets (0.1 IP). 2009 James combined to go 5-6 with a 4.03 ERA (46 ER/102.2 IP) in 37 games (12 starts) with Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa ... it marked his first action at the Triple-A level in his career...Was promoted to Triple-A Iowa, May 30 and remained with the I-Cubs for the rest of the season...Posted a 3.43 ERA (25 ER/65.2 IP) with a 3-3 record in 26 games (seven starts) in his first Triple-A action...Went 1-2 with a 1.47 ERA (5 ER/30.2 IP) in seven starts for the I-Cubs compared to a 2-1 mark with a 5.14 ERA (20 ER/35.0 IP) in 19 relief outings ... was a member of Iowa's starting rotation, August 1-27...Held left-handed hitters to a .231 average (18-for-78) with Iowa...Opponents hit a paltry .215 (14-for-65) with runners in scoring position ... went 8-for-37 (.216) with RISP and two outs...Went 2-3 with a 5.11 ERA (21 ER/37.0 IP) in 11 games (five starts) with the Smokies, April 9-May 26. 2008 Split the campaign between Single-A Daytona and Double-A Tennessee, combining to go 6-10 with a 5.44 ERA (77 ER/127.1 IP) and 86 strikeouts in 26 games (25 starts)...Spent majority of the year with Tennessee, going 4-8 with a 6.36 ERA (61 ER/86.1 IP) in 18 games (17 starts)...Was 2-0 with a 3.86 ERA (13 ER/30.1 IP) in six May starts...Made his lone relief outing of the season in Tennessee's 2-1, 10-inning setback to Mississippi ... tossed 5.0 hitless innings, walking two and fanning two...Appeared in eight games for Single-A Daytona, recording a 3.51 ERA (16 ER/41.0 IP) with a 2-2 record ... had two stints with the D-Cubs: April 2- 30 and August 5 through the remainder of the season. 2007 James began his professional career pitching in three games with Rookie-League Mesa and Single-A Peoria ... had no record, while holding the opposition scoreless in 9.0 innings of work ... struck out 11 while walking four.