Tomball HS grad Kyle Russell battles Birmingham
Tomball High School graduate Kyle Russell had a solid night at the plate, but Chattanooga lost to Birmingham, 6-5 Thursday.
Russell went 1-for-5 with an RBI in the loss.
On the season, Russell is batting .262, with 11 home runs, 44 RBIs and four stolen bases.
A 2005 graduate of Tomball High School, Russell was a second-team high school all-American as a senior. He played three seasons (2006 to 2008) of college baseball at the University of Texas appearing in 175 career games for the Longhorns with a .306 batting average.
Russell was drafted by St. Louis in the fourth round (142nd overall) of the 2007 Major League Baseball draft but did not sign electing to return to Texas for his junior season. In 2008, Russell hit .296 with 19 home runs and 56 RBI, and he was named MVP of the Houston Regional of the NCAA tournament. He was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the third round (93rd overall) of the 2008 draft, and began his professional career with Ogden of the Pioneer League (Rookie). Russell was born June 27, 1986, in Tomball.