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Portrait of Lonnie Chisenhall

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2017 Projections (Rest of Season Projections - seasonal age 28)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
172 .272 5 20 21 2 .260 0.6
Birth Date10-4-1988
Height6' 2"
Weight190 lbs
Age28 years, 9 months, 22 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
0.62013
1.32014
1.12015
0.92016
1.92017
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WARP Summary

Projected Rest-of-Season Playing Time

Last Update: 7/26/2017 09:55 ET | Indians Depth Chart

Team Pos Order PT% PA AVG R HR RBI SB OBP SLG WARP TAv
CLE RF 5 5 14 .272 20 5 21 2 .324 .446 0.6 .260
CLE RF 7 60 158 .272 20 5 21 2 .324 .446 0.6 .260
2017 Rest-of-Season Totals65172.272205212.324.4460.6.260

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2011 CLE 22 66 223 212 27 54 13 0 7 88 8 49 1 1 1 22 1 0 .255 .284 .415 .251 4.3 4.1 0.9
2012 CLE 23 43 151 142 16 38 6 1 5 61 8 27 1 0 0 16 2 1 .268 .311 .430 .267 4.1 -0.7 0.4
2013 CLE 24 94 308 289 30 65 17 0 11 115 16 56 2 0 1 36 1 0 .225 .270 .398 .251 7.0 -1.0 0.6
2014 CLE 25 142 533 478 62 134 29 1 13 204 39 99 8 3 59 3 1 .280 .343 .427 .278 21.3 -9.8 1.3
2015 CLE 26 106 362 333 38 82 19 1 7 124 23 69 1 3 2 44 4 1 .246 .294 .372 .238 2.5 7.7 1.1
2016 CLE 27 126 418 385 43 110 25 5 8 169 23 70 3 4 3 57 6 0 .286 .328 .439 .260 7.5 0.9 0.9
2017 CLE 28 64 216 187 29 57 13 1 12 108 21 39 2 3 3 51 2 1 .305 .376 .578 .305 13.5 -0.7 1.3
Career64122112026245540122963869138409181410285194.267.317.429.26460.10.56.4

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2008 MHV A- 68 305 .294 .252 .324 .360 .258 .312 104 11.2 8.8 2.4 0.1 0.7 23.2 2.3 23.2 2.3
2009 KIN A+ 99 432 .295 .259 .331 .387 .262 .306 99 15.9 12.5 -0.3 -4.5 1.2 29.3 2.5 29.3 2.5
2009 AKR AA 24 101 .283 .262 .340 .399 .271 .178 97 3.3 3.8 0.3 -2.2 0.6 8.1 0.6 8.1 0.6
2010 AKR AA 117 524 .279 .261 .333 .403 .260 .303 105 10.8 14.9 0.2 -5.9 -0.8 25.0 1.9 25.0 1.9
2011 CLE MLB 66 223 .251 .258 .315 .407 .258 .299 105 -2 6.0 0.6 4.1 -0.3 4.3 0.9 4.3 0.9
2011 COH AAA 66 292 .261 .259 .329 .403 .256 .300 105 0.5 9.1 0.5 0.7 -0.5 9.6 1.0 9.6 1.0
2012 CLE MLB 43 151 .267 .256 .317 .403 .256 .300 100 1.1 4.1 -0.1 -0.7 -1.0 4.1 0.4 4.1 0.4
2012 COH AAA 30 126 .270 .260 .334 .395 .255 .351 110 1.4 3.7 0.3 4.4 0.4 5.8 1.0 5.8 1.0
2013 CLE MLB 94 308 .251 .254 .316 .402 .264 .243 97 -2.8 8.1 1.1 -1.0 0.6 7.0 0.6 7.0 0.6
2013 COH AAA 27 125 .388 .258 .326 .391 .257 .443 101 17.4 3.6 0.5 1.0 -1.3 20.2 2.2 20.2 2.2
2014 CLE MLB 142 533 .278 .256 .317 .396 .264 .328 104 9.2 13.7 0.2 -9.8 -1.8 21.3 1.3 21.3 1.3
2015 CLE MLB 106 362 .238 .259 .319 .413 .261 .288 106 -7.9 9.8 -1 7.7 1.6 2.5 1.1 2.5 1.1
2015 COH AAA 40 171 .256 .249 .317 .364 .251 .342 107 -0.7 4.7 0 -0.1 -2.0 2.0 0.2 2.0 0.2
2016 CLE MLB 126 418 .260 .260 .324 .426 .262 .328 112 0.1 11.8 -4.2 0.9 -0.3 7.5 0.9 7.5 0.9
2016 AKR AA 4 18 .196 .266 .337 .423 .274 .143 100 -1.2 0.5 -0.1 -0.0 -0.1 -0.8 -0.1 -0.8 -0.1
2016 COH AAA 3 11 .149 .247 .331 .379 .271 .000 112 -1.3 0.3 -0.1 -0.0 0.0 -1.1 -0.1 -1.1 -0.1
2017 CLE MLB 64 216 .305 .261 .330 .440 .265 .324 108 10.3 6.3 -1.2 -0.7 -2.0 13.5 1.3 13.5 1.3
2017 AKR AA 3 11 .126 .257 .323 .392 .260 .143 93 -1.5 0.3 -0.1 -0.2 0.2 -1.1 -0.1 -1.1 -0.1
2017 COH AAA 3 12 .286 .289 .347 .470 .287 .500 100 0.4 0.4 -0.1 -0.2 0.1 0.7 0.0 0.7 0.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2008 MHV A- 305 38 80 20 3 5 45 24 32 7 2 .290 .354 .438 .149 .294 23.2 0.1 2.3
2009 KIN A+ 432 59 107 26 2 18 79 37 80 2 1 .276 .346 .492 .216 .295 29.3 -4.5 2.5
2009 AKR AA 101 13 17 5 1 4 13 7 16 1 0 .183 .240 .387 .204 .283 8.1 -2.2 0.6
2010 AKR AA 524 81 128 22 3 17 84 46 77 3 0 .278 .357 .450 .172 .279 25.0 -5.9 1.9
2011 COH AAA 292 45 68 15 3 7 45 28 47 0 1 .267 .353 .431 .165 .261 9.6 0.7 1.0
2011 CLE MLB 223 27 54 13 0 7 22 8 49 1 0 .255 .284 .415 .160 .251 4.3 4.1 0.9
2012 COH AAA 126 16 37 12 0 4 17 4 22 0 0 .314 .341 .517 .203 .270 5.8 4.4 1.0
2012 CLE MLB 151 16 38 6 1 5 16 8 27 2 1 .268 .311 .430 .162 .267 4.1 -0.7 0.4
2013 CLE MLB 308 30 65 17 0 11 36 16 56 1 0 .225 .270 .398 .173 .251 7.0 -1.0 0.6
2013 COH AAA 125 21 41 8 2 6 26 12 24 2 0 .390 .456 .676 .286 .388 20.2 1.0 2.2
2014 CLE MLB 533 62 134 29 1 13 59 39 99 3 1 .280 .343 .427 .146 .278 21.3 -9.8 1.3
2015 COH AAA 171 18 44 13 0 3 21 11 35 1 0 .280 .329 .420 .140 .256 2.0 -0.1 0.2
2015 CLE MLB 362 38 82 19 1 7 44 23 69 4 1 .246 .294 .372 .126 .238 2.5 7.7 1.1
2016 COH AAA 11 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 3 0 0 .000 .182 .000 .000 .149 -1.1 -0.0 -0.1
2016 CLE MLB 418 43 110 25 5 8 57 23 70 6 0 .286 .328 .439 .153 .260 7.5 0.9 0.9
2016 AKR AA 18 3 2 1 0 0 2 2 2 0 0 .133 .222 .200 .067 .196 -0.8 -0.0 -0.1
2017 COH AAA 12 2 5 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 .417 .417 .500 .083 .286 0.7 -0.2 0.0
2017 AKR AA 11 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 .100 .182 .100 .000 .126 -1.1 -0.2 -0.1
2017 CLE MLB 216 29 57 13 1 12 51 21 39 2 1 .305 .376 .578 .273 .305 13.5 -0.7 1.3

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT CSAA_CHANCES CSAA_RT
2011 837 0.4898 0.5376 0.7889 0.6732 0.4075 0.8659 0.6667 0.2111 306 0.005841
2012 557 0.5081 0.5027 0.8464 0.6290 0.3723 0.9101 0.7353 0.1536 223 0.006901
2013 1163 0.4996 0.5245 0.8180 0.6885 0.3608 0.9000 0.6619 0.1820 463 0.000210
2014 2028 0.4936 0.5163 0.8109 0.6663 0.3700 0.8846 0.6816 0.1891 778 0.008612
2015 1301 0.4919 0.5304 0.8087 0.6641 0.4009 0.8894 0.6792 0.1913 519 0.001822
2016 1554 0.4730 0.5669 0.8241 0.7224 0.4274 0.8964 0.7143 0.1759 0 0.000000
2017 853 0.4502 0.4877 0.8005 0.6745 0.3348 0.8417 0.7325 0.1995 0 0.000000
Career82930.48640.52740.81310.67860.38460.88510.69190.1869382.46770.0035

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-07-26 2014-07-29 DTD 3 2 - Illness -
2012-06-30 2012-09-09 60-DL 71 63 Right Forearm Surgery Fractured Ulna HBP 2012-06-30 -
2012-04-29 2012-05-18 Minors 19 0 Left Lower Leg Strain Calf - -
2011-07-08 2011-07-10 DTD 2 2 - Face Contusion HBP - -
2011-06-12 2011-06-22 Minors 10 0 Head Concussion Whiplash -
2010-05-13 2010-05-27 Minors 14 0 Right Shoulder Soreness -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2017 CLE $4,300,000
2016 CLE $2,725,000
2015 CLE $2,250,000
2014 CLE $510,800
2013 CLE $492,900
2012 CLE $
2011 CLE $
YearsDescriptionSalary
4 yrPrevious$5,978,700
2017Current$4,300,000
5 yrPvs + Cur$10,278,700
5 yrTotal$10,278,700

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
4 y 158 dTurner Gary Sports1 year/$4.3M (2017)

Details
  • 1 year/$4.3M (2017). Re-signed by Cleveland 1/13/17 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$2.725M (2016). Re-signed by Cleveland 1/15/16 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$2.25M (2015). Re-signed by Cleveland 1/15/15 (avoided arbitration). Award bonuses.
  • 1 year/$0.5108M (2014). Re-signed by Cleveland 3/4/14.
  • 1 year/$0.4929M (2013). Re-signed by Cleveland 3/7/13.
  • 1 year (2012). Re-signed by Cleveland 3/9/12.
  • 1 year (2011). Contract purchased by Cleveland 6/27/11.
  • Drafted by Cleveland 2008 (1-29) (Pitt CC, N.C.). Signed 6/08, $1.1M signing bonus.

2017 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 421 53 116 27 2 13 55 31 75 4 1 .306 .360 .495 .288 21.8 RF 6 3.0
80o 403 49 107 25 2 12 51 28 73 4 1 .293 .346 .474 .276 16.1 RF 5 2.3
70o 390 46 101 23 2 12 48 27 72 4 1 .283 .336 .458 .268 12.4 RF 5 1.9
60o 379 44 95 22 2 11 45 25 71 4 1 .275 .327 .445 .261 9.3 RF 5 1.6
50o 369 42 90 21 2 10 43 24 70 3 1 .268 .319 .433 .254 6.6 RF 5 1.3
40o 359 40 86 20 2 10 41 23 69 3 1 .261 .310 .421 .248 4.0 RF 5 1.0
30o 348 37 80 19 1 9 39 21 67 3 1 .253 .302 .408 .241 1.4 RF 5 0.7
20o 335 35 75 17 1 9 36 20 66 3 1 .244 .291 .393 .233 -1.5 RF 4 0.3
10o 317 32 68 16 1 8 33 18 64 3 0 .231 .277 .372 .221 -5.1 RF 4 -0.1
Weighted Mean37242922121144247031.270.321.436.2567.3RF 51.3

2017 Rest-of-Season Forecast

Last Update: 7/26/2017 11:07 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 233 31 65 15 1 8 32 18 40 2 0 .316 .372 .522 .299 14.9 RF 3 2.0
80o 212 27 57 13 1 7 28 16 38 2 0 .301 .356 .496 .286 10.6 RF 3 1.5
70o 197 24 52 12 1 7 25 14 36 2 0 .290 .344 .477 .276 7.9 RF 3 1.1
60o 184 22 47 11 1 6 23 13 34 2 0 .280 .333 .461 .268 5.9 RF 2 0.9
50o 172 20 43 10 1 5 21 12 32 2 0 .272 .324 .446 .260 4.1 RF 2 0.7
40o 160 18 39 9 1 5 19 11 30 1 0 .263 .314 .432 .252 2.6 RF 2 0.5
30o 147 16 34 8 1 4 17 9 28 1 0 .254 .304 .416 .244 1.1 RF 2 0.3
20o 132 14 30 7 1 4 15 8 26 1 0 .243 .292 .398 .234 -0.3 RF 2 0.2
10o 111 11 23 5 0 3 12 6 22 1 0 .228 .275 .373 .221 -1.8 RF 1 0.0
Weighted Mean1772145101622123320.275.328.453.2634.9RF 20.8

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
1% 49% 9% 20% 90%

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2017 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
2018294035099231135127783.270.324.445.2531.03.8-0.4-3.310.4-3.05.4
2019304074998231125027802.267.320.438.2500.82.3-0.5-3.410.5-4.35.4
2020313444284201114222671.265.317.437.2490.71.5-0.5-3.08.9-3.94.6
202132323397718193921640.264.317.429.2470.50.6-0.5-2.98.4-4.34.3
202233296357016193619610.260.311.426.2430.4-0.5-0.4-2.77.7-5.04.0
202334273336515183318550.262.315.426.2450.4-0.1-0.4-2.67.1-4.23.6
202435225275412172715450.259.313.423.2440.3-0.4-0.3-2.25.8-3.73.0
202536218265212162614450.260.313.423.2440.3-0.5-0.3-2.25.7-3.62.9
202637202244811162413420.259.312.418.2420.2-0.9-0.3-2.15.2-3.72.7

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 82)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 89 Domonic Brown 2016 .000 DNP
2 86 Xavier Nady 2007 .266
3 86 Angel Pagan 2010 .287
4 86 Corey Hart 2010 .307
5 86 Alex Rios 2009 .240
6 85 Andy Dirks 2014 .000 DNP
7 85 Brennan Boesch 2013 .273
8 85 Jay Gibbons 2005 .282
9 85 Jeff Francoeur 2012 .229
10 85 Gerardo Parra 2015 .272
11 84 Michael Saunders 2015 .210
12 84 Hal McRae 1974 .306
13 84 Al Cowens 1980 .247
14 83 Josh Reddick 2015 .287
15 83 Charlie Blackmon 2015 .272
16 83 Jody Gerut 2006 .000 DNP
17 83 Ryan Sweeney 2013 .282
18 83 Troy O'Leary 1998 .261
19 83 Dustin Ackley 2016 .176
20 83 Aaron Rowand 2006 .258
21 83 Ruben Sierra 1994 .271
22 83 Darnell Coles 1990 .209
23 83 Delmon Young 2014 .287
24 83 Franklin Gutierrez 2011 .199
25 82 Jeremy Hermida 2012 .253
26 82 Dwight Smith 1992 .265
27 82 Gabe Kapler 2004 .231
28 82 Orlando Hudson 2006 .274
29 82 Nate Schierholtz 2012 .273
30 82 Joel Youngblood 1980 .258
31 82 Nate McLouth 2010 .233
32 82 Carl Warwick 1965 .150
33 82 Kevin Mench 2006 .248
34 81 Jose Cardenal 1972 .290
35 81 Rusney Castillo 2016 .214
36 81 Leonys Martin 2016 .244
37 81 Paul O'Neill 1991 .282
38 81 Jerry Morales 1977 .272
39 81 Juan Rivera 2007 .234
40 81 David DeJesus 2008 .275
41 81 Jose Cruz 1976 .292
42 81 Coco Crisp 2008 .262
43 81 A.J. Pollock 2016 .252
44 81 Terry Puhl 1985 .294
45 80 Al Luplow 1967 .200
46 80 Zack Cozart 2014 .213
47 80 Luis Matos 2007 .000 DNP
48 80 Brian Asselstine 1982 .000 DNP
49 80 Ron Woods 1971 .288
50 80 Cameron Maybin 2015 .264
51 80 Michael Cuddyer 2007 .281
52 80 Orlando Merced 1995 .283
53 80 Travis Snider 2016 .000 DNP
54 80 Chris Coghlan 2013 .263
55 80 Jon Jay 2013 .263
56 80 Rocco Baldelli 2010 .190
57 80 Bill Voss 1972 .212
58 80 Neil Chrisley 1960 .255
59 80 Milton Bradley 2006 .282
60 80 Kevin Bass 1987 .284
61 80 Barry Bonnell 1982 .265
62 80 David Murphy 2010 .280
63 80 George Vukovich 1984 .284
64 80 Mark Whiten 1995 .251
65 80 Raul Ibanez 2000 .228
66 80 Luis Gonzalez 1996 .269
67 80 Ben Francisco 2010 .268
68 80 Paul Householder 1987 .217
69 80 Terry Crowley 1975 .235
70 79 Jose Guillen 2004 .280
71 79 Carl Furillo 1950 .273
72 79 Jermaine Dye 2002 .282
73 79 Jordy Mercer 2015 .228
74 79 Travis Buck 2012 .215
75 79 Terrmel Sledge 2005 .255
76 79 Bob Hazle 1959 .000 DNP
77 79 Rick Miller 1976 .262
78 79 Stephen Drew 2011 .262
79 79 Don Mueller 1955 .260
80 79 Ruben Amaro 1993 .327
81 79 Khalil Greene 2008 .226
82 79 Logan Forsythe 2015 .290
83 79 Walt Williams 1972 .243
84 79 Willy Aybar 2011 .000 DNP
85 79 Desmond Jennings 2015 .254
86 79 Felipe Alou 1963 .298
87 79 Jim Nettles 1975 .000 DNP
88 79 Chris Richard 2002 .238
89 79 Candy Maldonado 1989 .247
90 79 Kole Calhoun 2016 .277
91 79 Glenn Braggs 1991 .271
92 79 Danny Valencia 2013 .307
93 79 Daniel Murphy 2013 .265
94 79 Mitch Moreland 2014 .237
95 79 Gene Stephens 1961 .224
96 79 Roberto Clemente 1963 .303
97 79 Casey McGehee 2011 .224
98 79 Brian Dayett 1985 .217
99 79 Joe Crede 2006 .261
100 79 Phil Clark 1996 -.056

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .238 .302 .347 .232
11 vs R (Multi) .278 .322 .432 .263
18 Split (Multi) .040 .020 .086 .031
19 LgAvg (Multi) .020 .029 .071 .031
30 vs L (2016) .217 .294 .348 .219
31 vs R (2016) .295 .332 .451 .266
38 Split (2016) .078 .038 .104 .047
39 LgAvg (2016) .020 .028 .073 .031

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2017 Due to publishing agreements, the 2017 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2017 book (available in hardcopy, and soon e-book and Kindle).
2016 Upon returning from a demotion to Triple-A midseason, Chisenhall looked like an entirely different ballplayer. His move from third base to right field transformed him from an indifferent defender to, so far, an excellent one. Playing deep in right allows him to show off good range coming in on flyballs and a powerful arm, flipping his defense from liability to asset on the team's balance sheet. Meanwhile, a productive August (.403/.474/.552) salvaged the offensive side of his season, and there is reason to think 2016 could see a bit of positive regression. Chisenhall hurt his own offense in 2015 by popping a lot of balls up; 21 percent of his flies (of which there were many) didn't leave the infield, which was the fourth-highest rate among hitters with 200-plus PA. The league-average popup rate was only 9.5 percent, and this was a dramatic shift from his rate during previous seasons. Expect fewer automatic outs, and fewer demotions to Triple-A, going forward.
2015 Maybe Dr. Jekyl gave way to Mr. Hyde, or perhaps Chiserella lost his glass slipper, but it takes a fairy tale cliché to describe the tale of two seasons that was Chisenhall's 2014 campaign. He was on absolute fire for the first three months, carrying a line of .344/.401/.559 into Independence Day, but the demons of arbitrary endpoints (or perhaps it was the alien invasion) sucked the life out of his bat for the rest of the year, with a .223/.289/.307 line in his final 72 games. His offensive skills cratered across the board, infiltrating all splits and manifesting itself against all pitch types. Chisenhall's performance against fastballs fell off a cliff and he stopped going the other way with any authority, dropping from eight opposite-field doubles in the first half to zero extra-base hits to left in the second. His defensive liabilities at the hot corner exacerbate the pessimism as Chisenhall navigates through his theoretical prime.
2014 Here's a can't-miss tip for the upcoming season: Chisenhall will have a significantly better season this year. Obviously, many factors can contribute to a low BABIP, but in the past decade there have been 753 player seasons of 500 or more plate appearances with a .173 or greater isolated power. Of those, 738 have topped Chisenhall's .243 BABIP. Toss in the natural anticipation that a young player will get better and the fact that Chisenhall battered Triple-A pitching when he was demoted and did quite well (.270/.325/.595) in his 40 plate appearances from September onward (followed by a 3-for-4 Wild Card game). Lest this be taken as a glowing endorsement, the pre-September part of the season was all but lost for the young third sacker, with reports—albeit unsupported by his defensive metrics—that he was taking his struggles at the plate to the field with him. The pressure to be a star should be reduced now, and expectations have to be lowered, but a breakout is still a possibility.
2013 Chisenhall only played 73 games between Triple-A and the majors, but all in all it was a worthwhile season. The 24-year-old former top prospect still has work to do, but he improved in virtually every rate statistic after a rough debut in 2011. He struggles mightily against lefties and could end up a platoon player if he doesn’t start advancing in that realm quickly. The problems against southpaws make it difficult to see the dreams of hitting .300 that his swing elicits becoming reality. However, he is on the right side of 25 with fewer than 400 big-league plate appearances under his belt, so it would be foolish to tag any of his skills as set in stone, especially someone with his minor-league pedigree.
2012 Chisenhall was the subject of many a Cleveland bar fight last March over whether he was the team's top prospect. Brawlers fell into two camps: Team Lonnie and Team Jason. While Jason Kipnis had a tremendous rookie debut with the Tribe, Chisenhall did quite well for himself, too. He chases too many pitches out of the zone and so has never posted a batting average that would catch your eye. He is making good on his power potential, however, and could one day be a 20-25 home run guy. A former shortstop, Chisenhall is above-average defensively at the hot corner and should be a good regular in Cleveland for years to come, even if he lacks a star's ceiling.
2011 Chisenhall's numbers at Double-A in 2010 fall into the "pretty good" category, but he's much better than that, as he spent much of the first half playing through a shoulder problem. While it's a cliché and in no way a guarantee of stardom, Chisenhall really does have one of the prettiest swings in the minors, as well as solid power and defensive skills at third base. He doesn't have the ceiling of most top prospects, but he has one of the higher floors; it's impossible to find a scout who doesn't think he'll be an above-average everyday player at a position the Indians desperately need to fill.
2010 When the Indians selected Chisenhall with their first-round pick in 2008, it was a bit of a surprise, but one year later it looks like a steal. Move to third base for his full-season debut, Chisenhall played the position well, and his downright pretty swing should produce high batting averages and above-average power. After an impressive showing in High-A, he was rewarded with a promotion to Double-A for the last month of the season where his aggressive approach at the plate betrayed him, but he snapped back in the playoffs, going 14-for-30 in seven games. Chisenhall will start the season back at Double-A, but it would be no surprise if he got a September trial with an eye towards replacing Johnny Peralta, whose contract fortuitously expires after this season.
2009 The possessor of the best old-school baseball name in the 2008 draft, Chisenhall was also the best juco player in the country. He was expected to go a bit later than 29th in the first round, partially due to a makeup issue—a charge of grand larceny during his freshman year at South Carolina led to dismissal from the team and a transfer to Pitt Junior College (N.C.), where he hit .410 and struck out only eight times all season. Chisenhall had a solid debut, but he'll need to keep smoking the ball as he moves up, for his glove (16 errors) has already put in for a transfer to second or third.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2016-03-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Given the Almonte suspension and the possibility of 2 months of a starting outfield of Rajai Davis, Lonnie Chisenhall and Collin Cowgill, what odds do you place on the Indians a) signing Ausitn Jackson or b) trading for Jay Bruce or c) sticking with the status quo? Which would you do if you were in their shoes?
(Truganini from CO)
It's all about the price. I would think adding a Jackson as depth is more prudent than adding Bruce, which would come at a steeper cost to put it mildly. (Harry Pavlidis)
2016-01-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Having a hard time buying the Indians OF next year. They have always been higher on Tyler Nanquin than the rest of the world. Where would you place him amount Abraham Almonte, Rajai Davis, Lonnie Chisenhall, Collin Cowgill, Joey Butler, and Shane Robinson next season?
(Truganini from CO)
Well, that's not exactly man inspiring group, is it? I'd probably plays him right below Chisenhall, though I should probably start treating Chisenhall with so much adoration. Davis is...well he's Rajaj Davis. The rest of those guys aren't very good. (Christopher Crawford)
2014-07-31 19:30:00 (link to chat)What are your feelings on Lonnie Chisenhall….in a rut or showing exactly what he is?
(Rich from Baltimore)
He's definitely not the .400 hitter we saw earlier in the year, but he's not quite this bad, either. Second-division starter at 3B for me, or a good strong-side platoon bat on a competitive club. (Ben Carsley)
2014-06-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)Who are few guys you'd be buying/selling right now?
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
I guess I don't necessarily keep a list like this lying around, but off the top of my head...

I'm selling: Jesse Chavez, Chase Whitley, Lonnie Chisenhall, Gordon Beckham

I'm buying: Kole Calhoun, Ian Kennedy, Joey Votto, Michael Brantley, Will Smith (J.P. Breen)
2014-04-16 19:00:00 (link to chat)In need of CI Help (AVG HR STEALS RBI RUNS) best available are: Mike Olt, Lonnie Chisenhall, David Freese, Lucas Duda, Marcus Siemen thank you and I hope the rest of my league RESTS IN PEACEEE
(the Undetaker from Death Valley)
It will never cease to amaze me how many smart people I follow on Twitter like wrestling. For 2014 only, I go Freese, Semien, Chisenhall, Olt, Duda. (Ben Carsley)
2013-11-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Just took over an abysmal squad in a 16-team, 7x7 format with 25 man rosters. I have stripped it down and the top of my depth chart around the infield reads Matt Adams, Kolten Wong, Xander Bogaerts, and Lonnie Chisenhall. I'm not extremely confident, as of today, that anyone besides Bogaerts will get everyday reps in 2014. So the question becomes at what position(s) I should grab filler for this season. Who would you confidently run out there as starters? I'm considering one option of allowing Bogaerts to man third and pick up a Jed Lowrie/Brad Miller type to fill the gap up the middle. Any thoughts or insight as to how would you approach it?
(AnthopoJays from Houston TX)
It all depends on your waiver wire. I'd try to grab a 2B and a 3B and leave Bogaerts at short, but if Brad Miller (who I like) is the best option, by all means slide him over. I'd confidently play Adams and Bogaerts as starters in a 16-team league (and potentially Wong as well if Freese is traded) (Bret Sayre)
2013-03-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)I have Lonnie Chisenhall as my only 3B and am wondering whether to roll the dice with Mark Reynolds to back him up. Are there any undervalued 3Bs you like this season?
(Thad from Peoria)
You should be fine with Chisenhall - and if you're going to take another flier to back him up, go with someone like Josh Donaldson, who could be very solid this year. (Bret Sayre)
2013-03-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)In a deep OBP auction league and trying to talk myself into waiting past the Alvarez/Moustakas tier and saving a few bucks by going in on Lonnie Chisenhall. With all the usual caveats about spring stats, he's walked 7 times and struck out 8 so far. How big a gap do you see from Chiz to Alvarez/Moustakas.
(Schiraldi from Baltimore)
Definitely a gap - but a much bigger one from Moose to Chisenhall than from Alvarez to Chisenhall. Think Moustakas could have a very, very nice season this year. (Bret Sayre)
2013-03-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Lonnie Chisenhall this year? Good breakout choice?
(Cole L from Kansas City)
If I can be convinced that he's learned to draw a walk against big league pitching, then I'd say maybe. Until then, there just isn't enough of a skill set evident yet to compensate for that. (Zachary Levine)
2013-01-16 13:30:00 (link to chat)What can the Indians expect from Lonnie Chisenhall this year? Will he be able to hit lefties well enough for a full time gig?
(Dan from Cleveland)
He's always struggled against lefties, and likely always will. I do think he can play every day in spite of that though, largely because he still shows some pop against southpaws. I think he'll show more power in 2013, though it may be at the expense of his average. (Mark Anderson)
2012-12-20 14:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Daniel. In your opinion is Cleveland really going to play Lonnie Chisenhall and if so what do you think he is capable of? Also in this vein is Mastroianni going to be the CF placeholder to start the season in Minnesota at least until Aaron Hicks proves he can hit AAA pitching and is called up? Thank you.
(michaelmcduffe from ottawa)
Hi, michaelmcduffe. Given the state of the free-agent pickings, I do expect Chisenhall to start the year as Cleveland's third baseman, perhaps with Mike Aviles spelling him against some left-handed pitchers. He should offer solid defense and enough bat to be a passable regular, with a chance to become above-average down the road.

Meanwhile, the Twins don't seem to be in any rush, so Mastroianni-to-Hicks appears to be the plan. (Daniel Rathman)
2012-07-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)Last year in a keeper league I traded Trout and some assorted stuff for Cano. I won the league, my first championship in 20+ years of fantasy baseball. Cano's having a great year again, but everytime I see Trout in the box scores a little piece of me cries "what if you still had him." I know I'm being irrational. Any words of advice/comfort to talk me off the ledge of insanity?
(Paul from DC)
It's a cliche, but banners fly forever. Even for the next few years, Cano may still be more valuable than Trout anyway. The guy's amazing, and it sucks to lose him, but if you have a chance to win a championship right now, it's worth sacrificing the future a bit. Plenty of prospects fail. Had you traded Lonnie Chisenhall or Domonic Brown, you might not be feeling as bad right now (not to say they're failed prospects, but what Trout is doing is pretty rare). (Derek Carty)
2011-06-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Lawrie, Jennings, Ackley... Are you high on any prospects likely to be called up soon?
(Andrew from Las Vegas)
Yup, I like all three. You can also keep an eye on guys like Mike Moustakas, Jemile Weeks, Yonder Alonso, Anthony Rizzo, Lonnie Chisenhall, and a number of others. (Derek Carty)
2011-01-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)It seems that there isn't as much excitement regarding Lonnie Chisenhall as there was a year ago despite a solid year at AA. Is that just that he surprised a lot of people in 2009 and had big expectations in 2010, or is something else?
(Ben F. from California)
I think he's one of those players that maybe takes an unfair hit because he's not really sexy. He's a good hitter with good power, but it's hard to see him turning into a superstar. Good prospects are incredibly valuable as well. (Kevin Goldstein)
2010-10-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Should the Indians be more resigned (Jayson Nix), hopeful (Cord Phelps), risk-taking (Lonnie Chisenhall), or irrationally imaginative (trade prospects for Chone Figgins + much cash, or Travis Hafner for Figgins straight up) with their third base situation? I am not excited about a potential Brandon Inge Era.
(buffum from Austin TX)
When you are where the Indians are, I think a combination of hopeful and risk-taking is the way to go about things. The last thing we need is to bring Figgins aboard so we can have this conversation again in three years when his contract is expiring. (Marc Normandin)
2010-10-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)From an overall hitting standpoint who has a better career... Mike Moustakas, or Lonnie Chisenhall? Mike Moustakas is one of the best power hitting minor leaguers while a lot of people like Lonnie's overall game... what do you see for a future for both of these players? Thanks
(Colin from Longmeadow, MA)
Obviously, this is more a KG question than a CK question, but I'm more enthusiastic about Moustakas while liking both. The problem is whether or not the Royals fall into another way to handicap the kid's career and achieve incremental growth instead of greatness, a la Gordon or Butler or Ka'aihue or... (Christina Kahrl)
2010-10-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Regarding the third base void in Cleveland. Do you think Lonnie Chisenhall will be given a shot if he starts out well in AAA?
(Trevor from Cleveland)
I could see a situation where the Indians get a veteran to start the season then transition over to Chisenhall around the All-Star break. That's very possible. (John Perrotto)
2010-08-20 15:30:00 (link to chat)Did everyone get more a little too excited over Moustakas earlier in the year? He put up huge #s at home, mediocre #s on the road, and is just holding his own at AAA. Is he any better than Lonnie Chisenhall?
(Claudio from San Juan)
Yes, he's better. (Kevin Goldstein)
2010-05-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you know the story on Lonnie Chisenhall's shoulder issue? Anything serious?
(Tony from Santa Rosa)
I believe he was activated today. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-11-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)Kevin, Looking forward to Cleveland's List. Did Lonnie Chisenhall move up your personal list this year? What's his ceiling?
(Randy from Cleveland)
Not going to give away too much, but man oh man do I like me some Lonnie Chisenhall. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-10-09 13:30:00 (link to chat)Where does Cord Phelps fit into the Indians' long-term plans? He looks like he is approaching a decision point, but the current middle infield of Cabrera/Valbuena seems promising and Lonnie Chisenhall is a better bet at third. Am I overrating Phelps' chances of becoming an everyday second baseman?
(buffum from Austin TX)
Probably. He has some interesting skills, but I don't think becoming an every day player in the big leagues is a sure thing or anything. (Kevin Goldstein)


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