New Arrival: Lonnie Chisenhall, 3b, Cleveland Indians

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2008 Bowman Chrome

Lonnie Chisenhall was a really well though of prospect, but ever since getting his first call up in 2011 he has never really had a sustained run of success in the majors.  There were flashes, but they were brief.  Last season he was terrible all year, and this offseason it seemed like just about everyone was starting to consider Lonnie a bust.

Then this season rolled around, and he was hitting.  At first it seemed like a fluke.  Cleveland was playing him almost only against righties.  But as the season went on his numbers just kept getting better…even against southpaws.  His splits tell the story:

Split AB HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS tOPS+ sOPS+
vs RHP 186 8 31 15 33 .333 .394 .559 .953 101 169
vs LHP 45 1 7 3 7 .356 .396 .511 .907 93 154
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/5/2014.

The highlight of the Chisenhall’s season was a June 10th game against the Tigers.  He would whack 3 HR, five hits and 9 RBI.  And he has not slowed down.  Just tonight he collected another couple hits in a victory of the Royals.  The dude just can’t be stopped.

So now the Indians have a real player manning the hot corner…the first really good guy since Travis Fryman.  Hopefully Chisenhall can keep it up.  With him, Kipnis, Santana, Brantley and Gomes its a nice core to build around.

I was able to snag this card a couple weeks ago for ~7 bucks.  Not bad.  The autograph is really nice…chrome cards never scan well for some reason.  Always makes it look like the autograph is faded a little.

Year Age Tm AB H HR RBI BB SO BA OBP OPS OPS+
2011 22 CLE 212 54 7 22 8 49 .255 .284 .699 94
2012 23 CLE 142 38 5 16 8 27 .268 .311 .741 107
2013 24 CLE 289 65 11 36 16 56 .225 .270 .668 87
2014 25 CLE 231 78 9 38 18 40 .338 .395 .944 166
4 Yrs 874 235 32 112 50 172 .269 .314 .761 113
162 Game Avg. 519 139 19 66 30 102 .269 .314 .761 113
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/5/2014.
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