High expectations for Lonnie Chisenhall 

June, 28, 2011

Cleveland Indians manager Manny Acta freely admitted before Monday's game that Lonnie Chisenall, who made his major league debut that night, was "not a finished product by any means," and that if things "were going the way they were a few weeks ago" for the club, then the 22-year-old prospect would probably still be in the minors.

"Due to a combination of things, we felt it was the right time. Obviously, our offense is in a little funk right now," Acta said. "We think he can give us a little help."

A first-round pick in the 2008 draft, Chisenhall wasn't necessarily tearing the cover off the ball at Triple-A this year with a .265 AVG/.352 OBP/.427 SLG stat line, even though all those numbers were above the league average for the International League. He also hit seven homers in 65 games and was coming off a stretch in which he was named the league's player of the week after going 9-for-21 with two homers and 14 RBIs in five games since returning from the disabled list due to a concussion he suffered on a slide into third. Chisenhall batted .278 with 17 homers at Double-A last season, finishing strong after a midseason shoulder injury.

That hot streak over the past week was good enough to get the summons for a team that has gotten a combined .220 batting average and .327 slugging percentage out of its third basemen this season. Chisenhall put together four good at-bats in his debut, making solid contact each time, collecting two hits including a double, and driving in a run.