Chisenhall with the Cleveland Indians
|Cleveland Indians – No. 8|
|Third baseman / Right fielder|
October 4, 1988 |
Morehead City, North Carolina
|June 27, 2011, for the Cleveland Indians|
(through 2016 season)
|Runs batted in||234|
Lonnie David Chisenhall (born October 4, 1988) is an American professional baseball outfielder for the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut with the Indians in June 2011 while playing third base. Chisenhall has since transitioned to right field.
Chisenhall was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 11th round of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft but chose to attend the University of South Carolina. Chisenhall played for the South Carolina Gamecocks baseball team in his freshman year, but was dismissed from the team after being charged with breaking into a dorm room and stealing electronic equipment. He then transferred to Pitt Community College.
On June 27, 2011, Chisenhall was promoted from the Class AAA Columbus Clippers, and went 2-for-4 in his major league debut against the Arizona Diamondbacks. On July 6, 2011 Chisenhall hit his first major league home run off of Boone Logan of the New York Yankees. On July 7, 2011, Chisenhall was hit with a fastball thrown by Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Carlos Villanueva and had to leave the game with facial contusions.
In 2012, he finished with a .260 batting average, 12 home runs, and 38 runs batted in. On May 13, 2013, Chisenhall was sent down to the Class AAA Columbus Clippers. He was recalled on May 18. On June 9, 2014, Chisenhall became the first player in MLB history to have 5 hits, 3 home runs, and 9 RBI in 5 plate appearances.
In 2015, Chisenhall started out as the Indians everyday third baseman. On June 10th, after poor offensive output, Lonnie was again optioned to Cleveland's Class AAA Columbus Clippers. Giovanny Urshela was called on to play third base for the Indians. While in Columbus, Chisenhall transitioned to right field.
On July 29th, Chisenhall was recalled back on the Indians roster. Called on as a full-time right fielder, his transition has been deemed a success by many.
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