With the 29th overall pick in the 2008 MLB Draft, the Cleveland Indians select Lonnie Chisenhall. Chisenhall or as some now refer to him as Lonnie Baseball, is finally starting to put up the numbers that he should of been putting up a few years ago. Tonight, just really emphasized what Chisenhall has been doing all season. Lonnie Baseball hasn’t always excited fans when they saw his name on the lineup card. Actually, at this time last year, Chisenhall wasn’t even in the majors, he was actually down in Triple-A because he couldn’t hit. Columbus won’t be seeing him anytime soon.

The North Carolina native didn’t play like a first rounder in past years. His first year in the big leagues, which was 2011, only posted a .255/.284/.415 slash . He just couldn’t hit Major League pitching, the next year he didn’t do much better posting a .268/.311/.430 slash. In 2013, he posted some of his lowest numbers, only batting .225.  Also in 2013, Chisenhall batted .390 in Columbus with 26 RBIs. It clearly showed he just couldn’t handle Major League pitching. Some even questioned why is he even with the Indians anymore? Actually, a trade was proposed by the Texas Rangers. The Rangers would give ace pitcher Matt Garza in exchange for Lonnie. The Tribe turned them down and many fans a happy they did.

Lonnie Baseball has finally bloomed. He is batting .381, with 7 HRs, and 32 RBIs. He is basically hitting everything he sees. Tonight he went 5-5 with 3 HRs, and 9 RBIs. He is just the 4th player to accomplish this since 1920. Also, he tied the Indians team record for most RBIs in a game. He’s proving patience pays off. He could of been on that other side tonight, going 5-5 against his former team, but the Indians never gave up on him. Baseball is an amazing sport, very privileged to be watching this young man play baseball.

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