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Portrait of Lonnie Chisenhall

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2018 Projections (Rest of Season Projections - seasonal age 29)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
236 .260 6 27 27 2 .253 0.5
Birth Date10-4-1988
Height6' 2"
Weight190 lbs
Age29 years, 7 months, 22 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
1.32014
1.12015
0.92016
1.22017
0.52018
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WARP Summary

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 -9.7 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 82 270 236 34 68 17 1 12 123 25 55 3 3 3 53 2 2 .288 .360 .521 .288 12.6 -1.0 1.2
2018 CLE 29 7 21 17 3 4 1 0 0 5 3 4 1 0 0 0 1 0 .235 .381 .294 .237 0.1 -0.3 -0.0
Career66622862092253555127963889145429201410287205.265.317.425.26259.30.16.3

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 -9.7 -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 82 270 .288 .264 .335 .444 .267 .326 107 7.9 7.9 -1.6 -1.0 -1.5 12.6 1.2 12.6 1.2
2017 AKR AA 5 17 .136 .252 .318 .383 .257 .167 99 -2.1 0.5 -0.2 -0.3 0.2 -1.6 -0.2 -1.6 -0.2
2017 COH AAA 8 28 .286 .275 .336 .433 .272 .429 109 0.8 0.8 -0.2 -0.9 -0.0 1.4 0.0 1.4 0.0
2018 CLE MLB 7 21 .237 .244 .326 .448 .263 .308 98 -0.5 0.6 -0.2 -0.3 0.2 0.1 -0.0 0.1 -0.0
2018 COH AAA 2 4 .493 .272 .293 .407 .240 1.000 116 1 0.1 0 -0.2 0.3 1.4 0.1 1.4 0.1

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 -9.7 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 CLE MLB 270 34 68 17 1 12 53 25 55 2 2 .288 .360 .521 .233 .288 12.6 -1.0 1.2
2017 AKR AA 17 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 .125 .176 .125 .000 .136 -1.6 -0.3 -0.2
2017 COH AAA 28 4 10 2 0 1 4 0 6 1 0 .370 .357 .556 .185 .286 1.4 -0.9 0.0
2018 COH AAA 4 2 2 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 .667 .750 1.000 .333 .493 1.4 -0.2 0.1
2018 CLE MLB 21 3 4 1 0 0 0 3 4 1 0 .235 .381 .294 .059 .237 0.1 -0.3 -0.0

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 1075 0.4456 0.4967 0.7678 0.6722 0.3557 0.8168 0.6934 0.2322 0 0.000000
2018 91 0.4835 0.4725 0.7907 0.6136 0.3404 0.8148 0.7500 0.2093 0 0.000000
Career86060.48490.5270.80850.67750.38550.88020.68870.1915368.55740.0033

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
2018 CLE $5,587,500
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
5 yrPrevious$10,278,700
2018Current$5,587,500
6 yrPvs + Cur$15,866,200
6 yrTotal$15,866,200

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
5 y 158 dTurner Gary Sports1 year/$5.5875M (2018)

Details
  • 1 year/$5.5875M (2018). Re-signed by Cleveland 1/12/18 (avoided arbitration).
  • 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.

2018 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 296 38 82 19 2 9 39 23 54 3 1 .307 .366 .494 .292 16.2 RF 2 1.7
80o 276 34 72 17 1 8 35 21 51 3 1 .289 .350 .462 .278 11.5 RF 2 1.2
70o 261 31 65 15 1 7 32 19 49 3 1 .275 .336 .436 .269 8.4 RF 2 0.9
60o 248 29 61 14 1 7 30 18 48 2 1 .271 .329 .436 .261 5.9 RF 2 0.7
50o 236 27 56 13 1 6 27 16 46 2 1 .260 .316 .414 .253 3.8 RF 1 0.5
40o 224 25 52 12 1 6 26 15 44 2 1 .254 .309 .410 .245 1.9 RF 1 0.3
30o 211 23 47 11 1 5 23 14 42 2 1 .244 .300 .389 .237 0.1 RF 1 0.2
20o 196 21 43 10 1 5 21 12 40 2 1 .239 .292 .389 .228 -1.8 RF 1 -0.1
10o 176 18 36 8 1 4 18 10 37 1 0 .222 .270 .358 .214 -3.9 RF 1 -0.2
Weighted Mean2412858141628174721.264.321.418.2564.8RF 20.6

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2018 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
2019303754487211104327783.255.313.412.2440.30.9-0.2-2.510.1-6.52.3
202031320387518193822652.258.315.424.2480.52.2-0.2-2.28.6-4.01.9
202132313377217183623661.255.315.409.2440.30.7-0.3-2.28.4-5.11.9
202233293356816183421600.257.314.417.2460.31.0-0.3-2.27.9-4.41.8
202334269316215173019570.252.312.404.2420.2-0.2-0.3-2.17.2-5.11.6
202435224265112162616470.254.313.413.2440.20.3-0.2-1.86.0-3.71.4
202536210244911162415450.252.311.407.2420.1-0.3-0.2-1.75.6-4.01.3
202637187224410152113400.253.312.403.2410.1-0.4-0.2-1.65.0-3.71.1
202738191224410152213410.250.309.402.2400.0-0.8-0.2-1.75.1-4.11.2

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 83)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 92 Kevin Mench 2007 .262
2 90 Nate Schierholtz 2013 .274
3 88 David Peralta 2017 .283
4 87 Brennan Boesch 2014 .203
5 87 Jeff Francoeur 2013 .191
6 87 Gerardo Parra 2016 .215
7 86 Carl Furillo 1951 .280
8 86 Juan Rivera 2008 .244
9 86 Ruben Sierra 1995 .268
10 86 Jay Gibbons 2006 .259
11 85 Andy Dirks 2015 .000 DNP
12 85 Alex Rios 2010 .261
13 85 Allie Clark 1952 .269
14 85 Xavier Nady 2008 .289
15 85 Mitch Webster 1988 .266
16 85 Warren Cromartie 1983 .264
17 84 Al Cowens 1981 .253
18 84 Josh Reddick 2016 .277
19 84 Ed Kirkpatrick 1974 .277
20 84 Randy Bush 1988 .288
21 84 Desmond Jennings 2016 .226
22 84 Domonic Brown 2017 .000 DNP
23 84 Jose Cardenal 1973 .287
24 84 Kevin Bass 1988 .269
25 84 Angel Pagan 2011 .263
26 83 Joel Youngblood 1981 .346
27 83 George Vukovich 1985 .229
28 83 Jay Johnstone 1975 .301
29 83 Darnell Coles 1991 .134
30 83 Leonys Martin 2017 .182
31 83 Robert Fick 2003 .260
32 83 Terry Puhl 1986 .237
33 83 Kole Calhoun 2017 .259
34 83 Orlando Merced 1996 .269
35 83 Matt Stairs 1997 .313
36 83 Bobby Tolan 1975 .239
37 83 Brandon Phillips 2010 .274
38 83 Midre Cummings 2001 .199
39 83 Carl Warwick 1966 .177
40 82 Milton Bradley 2007 .332
41 82 Joe Christopher 1965 .247
42 82 Lee Thomas 1965 .286
43 82 Ruben Amaro 1994 .259
44 82 Wally Moon 1959 .310
45 82 Austin Kearns 2009 .226
46 82 Orlando Hudson 2007 .270
47 82 Bobby Higginson 2000 .303
48 82 Angel Echevarria 2000 .198
49 82 Ellis Burks 1994 .312
50 82 Joe Crede 2007 .206
51 82 Michael Cuddyer 2008 .257
52 82 Jeremy Hermida 2013 .000 DNP
53 82 Franklin Gutierrez 2012 .273
54 82 Gabe Kapler 2005 .253
55 82 Juan Encarnacion 2005 .286
56 82 Joe Orsulak 1991 .254
57 82 Aubrey Huff 2006 .268
58 81 George Alusik 1964 .257
59 81 Jackie Jensen 1956 .304
60 81 Derrick May 1998 .213
61 81 Bill Voss 1973 .000 DNP
62 81 Rip Repulski 1958 .264
63 81 Bob Molinaro 1979 .030
64 81 Casey McGehee 2012 .242
65 81 Jack Voigt 1995 .219
66 81 Chris Coghlan 2014 .293
67 81 Ryan Sweeney 2014 .250
68 81 Coco Crisp 2009 .241
69 81 Jon Jay 2014 .279
70 81 Aaron Rowand 2007 .292
71 81 Pat Kelly 1974 .258
72 81 Charlie Blackmon 2016 .311
73 81 Cameron Maybin 2016 .277
74 81 Mike Aldrete 1990 .272
75 81 Eric Hinske 2007 .237
76 81 Jim Northrup 1969 .314
77 81 Jeffrey Hammonds 2000 .278
78 81 Mike Davis 1988 .200
79 81 Keith Moreland 1983 .298
80 81 Leon Roberts 1980 .252
81 81 Bubba Trammell 2001 .273
82 81 Craig Monroe 2006 .256
83 80 Jordy Mercer 2016 .258
84 80 Jose Bautista 2010 .321
85 80 David DeJesus 2009 .265
86 80 Paul O'Neill 1992 .267
87 80 Eric Anthony 1997 .268
88 80 Jim King 1962 .276
89 80 Reed Johnson 2006 .284
90 80 Chris Burke 2009 .212
91 80 Bob Kennedy 1950 .271
92 80 Bernard Gilkey 1996 .323
93 80 Ollie Brown 1973 .284
94 80 Greg Briley 1994 .000 DNP
95 80 Curt Ford 1990 .095
96 80 Austin Jackson 2016 .234
97 80 Luis Gonzalez 1997 .256
98 80 A.J. Pollock 2017 .286
99 80 Jorge Cantu 2011 .184
100 80 R. J. Reynolds 1988 .244

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 To use the framework set by Oscar Wilde when he wrote “consistency is the hallmark of the unimaginative,” Chisenhall has a remarkable imagination—though it was a little less remarkable than usual in 2016. After back-to-back seasons in which his OPS swung by several hundred points between the first and second halves, Chisenhall saw a comparatively moderate change between his hot first half (.819 OPS) and cooler second (.703). The result was stronger offense in 2015, but not quite as strong as in 2014, fitting an imaginatively inconsistent big picture. Defense only helped sketch in the details there. Chisenhall was still far more valuable in right field than he’d been in his years as a third baseman, but wasn’t quite as dazzling as he’d initially looked when switching to the outfield in the summer of 2015. That it’s not his natural position was occasionally clear (see: tripping and falling in a sad misplay in Game 2 of the World Series), but he was a perfectly solid option for an outfield that didn’t have many of those.
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 reportsalbeit unsupported by his defensive metricsthat 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 doesnt 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 clich 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 issuea 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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