2014 Fantasy Baseball: Cleveland Indians’ Lonnie Chisenhall Deserves a Look
The former first round draft pick from the University of South Carolina is Lonnie Chisenhall, and he absolutely went off Monday night against Texas Rangers‘ pitching. He didn’t just pull up a chair to the dinner table and dine at it — he built a throne and seated himself at the head of the banquet room table.
In a 17-7 win for his Cleveland Indians, Chisenhall was one of many players in the lineup to have a strong night. Then again, strong is an understatement when trying to put into words Chisenhall’s evening. If a line of .365-26-4-23-2 in just over 150 ABs in 2014 wasn’t enough to get the attention of Fantasy Baseball manager’s everywhere beforehand, his historical performance at Globe Life Park in Arlington certainly was.
Chisenhall was a flawless five-for-five at the dish, swatting three HRs and plating nine RBI. He raised his average 20 whole points on the season, and appears to finally be living up to his potential. Chisenhall’s RBI total in the box score matched a franchise record. According to MLB.com, he is only the fourth player in the last 100 years of major league play to collect five hits with three home runs, and post nine runs batted in. Fred Lynn of the Boston Red Sox was the last to do so in 1975.
In years past, Chisenhall was sort of road-blocked on his way to The Show. The 1B Nick Swisher is on the disabled list and DH/3B Carlos Santana is seriously struggling at the plate, so enter Chisenhall. He is eligible at both first and third base, hit .390 during his stay at Triple-A in 2013 and is owned in only 56 percent of Yahoo leagues. That number should experience a drastic spike by this time next week, so jump on the waiver wire while you can and pick up this left-handed bat while it’s hot.
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