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5 Reasons Lonnie Chisenhall’s New Role Suits Him Best

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5 Reasons Lonnie Chisenhall's New Role Suits Him Best

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When Carlos Santana won the job outright for the services at third base, a lot of people thought Chisenhall’s future with the club had taken a major blow. In some regards it had, but his adjustment toward a limited role has partially worked in his favor. To his credit, through a more serene approach at the dish, Chisenhall has elevated his stock offensively as a DH hitting against righties. Why else does this role best suit him?

5. Crowded Roster

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5. Crowded Roster

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Although the 25-year-old’s spot on the roster is safe, a major slump could result in him being sent back to class Triple-A Columbus Clippers. With so much depth on a playoff-contending roster, Chisenhall must take advantage of any opportunity he is given.

4. Expectations Are Low

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4. Expectations Are Low

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Playing in only eight games to this point, Chisenhall’s limited role comes with little expectations attached. After a strong 2013 spring camp, Chisenhall was thrown into the fire at the third base with heightened anticipation of a breakout season. In the spotlight, he crumbled hitting .225/.270/.398. This season Chisenhall isn’t looked at as an area of needed production, rather a mentality of whatever he can bring is seen as an added bonus.

3. No Pressure Hitting In 9th Spot

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3. No Pressure Hitting In 9th Spot

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Lonnie Baseball has noted on multiple occasions his love toward hitting last in the Tribe lineup. He’s hitting .625 in 16 at-bats with 10 hits and a walk. The fourth-year man is hitting for power early on accruing a slugging percentage of .813 in the ninth hole.

2. Extra Attention To Hitting

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2. Extra Attention To Hitting

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In only three games played at the short corner (nine at-bats), Chisenhall has been able to enter games with the sole intention of focusing on swinging on the lumber. That added interest to one side of the dugout can go along way for a player who has struggled juggling the two responsibilities.

1. Doesn't Have To Hit Lefties

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1. Doesn't Have To Hit Lefties

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There is no denying the Indians are looking to string Chisenhall along against solely right-handed pitching. Three weeks into the season, Chisenhall has only one at-bat against righties with 22 plate appearances. Although it remains as a small sample, so far against lefties he’s hitting .500/.522/.682. Manager Terry Francona has taken notice of his 2013 splits as the third basemen hit just .111 against lefties a season ago.