Can Lonnie Chisenhall Finally Put It All Together For Cleveland Indians?

By Spencer Impellizzeri
Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Lonnie Chisenhall was on of the Cleveland Indians top prospects back in 2011, but things just haven’t gone has way in the majors.

For each of the last three seasons, Chisenhall has had a chance to claim the third base position, but he has yet to take hold of the position.

The main reason that Chisenhall hasn’t claimed the spot is because he struggles at the plate. Those struggles hit a new low last season, as Chisenhall batted just .225 in 94 games. Where Chisenhall performed most poorly was against left-handers, going 4-for-36. Chisenhall has to improve those numbers to be considered for the position.

This year is probably Chisenhall’s last chance at the position, and he looks ready to take it.

So far this spring, Chisenhall has shown improvement. In his most recent outing against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Chisenhall went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer, improving his Spring Training batting average to .273 with a home run and three RBI’s. If Chisenhall can put up similar numbers in the regular season, he should be able to retain his starting spot.

The Indians don’t need Chisenhall to put up big numbers, but a solid contribution would be nice. Off to a 10-2 start in Spring Training, the Indians have plenty of offensive weapons, with the likes of Carlos Santana, Michael Brantley, Jason Kipnis, Asdrubal Cabrera and Yan Gomes in their lineup. Chisenhall doesn’t need to bring the production of those players to the lineup, but he will have to hit better that .225 to be in the lineup.

The Indians have the talent to make the playoffs this season, and Chisenhall could be a key part in that.

Spencer Impellizzeri is a MLB writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @Spence_I or on Google +

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