Card: 2007 Bowman #BP23
Kevin Alexander Russo (born July 8, 1984 in West Babylon, LI, NY) is a former professional baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Yankees in 2010.
Russo attended Fairview High School in Boulder, Colorado. As a running back on the Fairview High School football team, Russo rushed for 2,416 yards during his senior year, leading the team to a state title. He and LenDale White were named as the two all-state running backs by the Rocky Mountain News. He attended San Jacinto College before transferring to Baylor University. At Baylor, he helped the Baylor Bears baseball team reach the 2005 College World Series.
He was selected by the New York Yankees in the 20th round of the 2006 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Mark Batchko and made his pro debut that summer with the GCL Yankees, hitting .273/.383/.400 in 45 games. With the Tampa Yankees the next year, he hit .281/.311/.369 with 22 doubles, 45 RBIs, and 19 steals in 25 tries, fielding .977 at second, and started at second in the Florida State League All-Star game. Baseball America named him the best defensive second baseman in the FSL.
He was with the Trenton Thunder in 2008 and hit .307/.363/.416 with 17 doubles despite missing almost two months with a fractured cheekbone. He had a surprisingly strong winter, batting .309 for the Peoria Javelinas in the prospect-laden Arizona Fall League.
He spent 2009 with the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees and hit .326/.397/.431 with 18 doubles and 5 home runs while being named the International League postseason All-Star second baseman. He finished third in the 2009 International League in average behind only Jordan Brown and Don Kelly.
Russo started 2010 back with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and hit .302 in 27 games before being called up to the Yankees in early May when Nick Johnson went on the disabled list. Overall, he appeared in 31 games for the Yanks, collecting his first hit on May 21st vs. the crosstown Mets (the first of two hits that day). 2010 was his last appearance in MLB.
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