Lonnie Chisenhall finds himself as a strong-side platoon player at the young age of 28. He had his best year in batting average because manager Terry Francona limited his exposure to lefties -- against whom he has had little career success. Even then, it isn't like he is a monster against righties either. He has more of a line drive approach than one that projects for 20 homers and thus he doesn't draw too many walks as pitchers opt not to pitch around him. In an ideal world, he teases 20 homers by getting a lot of help from his home-run-to-flyball ratio, but if he gets 500 plate appearances, it will drag down his average because he will face too many lefties. He no longer qualifies in the infield, and the lack of power really impacts his fantasy value as an outfielder where these types are easily found in the free agent pool.
Chisenhall is slated to platoon with Brandon Guyer in right field this season, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. Surprisingly, the defending AL Champions have one of the most unsettling situations across MLB when it comes to the outfield. The health of Michael Brantley (shoulder) will ultimately decide how the pieces to the puzzle fall. If Brantley isn't ready for Opening Day, Guyer may move to left, leaving Chisenhall alone in right. Chisenhall had a career year last season, but the 27-year-old's poor plate discipline (5.5 percent walk rate) and lack of power (.153 ISO) make him susceptible to losing at-bats in 2017.
Chisenhall avoided arbitration on Friday by signing a one-year, $4.3 million deal with the Indians, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. Chisenhall is coming off of a productive offensive season with the Indians in which he slashed .286/.328/.439 over 126 games as the team's primary right fielder. His defense was a bit shaky at times in 2016, but his aptitude at the plate should afford him consistent at-bats again heading into the 2017 season.
Chisenhall (illness) started Game 6 in right field and went 0-for-1 with a walk, a hit-by-pitch, and a strikeout. He was replaced by a pinch hitter in the eighth inning and should be considered healthy for Game 7. However, he is hitting .200/.250/.275 with 13 strikeouts in 40 at-bats this postseason, so he could be pinch hit for again Wednesday if the Indians need to opt for offense over defense.
Manager Terry Francona said that Chisenhall (illness) could have been used in Sunday night's World Series matchup with the Cubs, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reports. Chisenhall was sent home earlier in the day due to an unspecified illness, but it appears that the ailment is fairly minor. From the sound of it, the 28-year-old should be able to man right field again when the series returns to Cleveland on Tuesday night, although nothing is set in stone as of now.
Chisenhall is currently dealing with an unspecified illness, MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports. Chisenhall was held out of Sunday's Game 5 lineup due to what was presumed to be matchup-related, but it now appears his health may have played a role as well. The outfielder will sit out some of the team's pregame routine as a result, but is expected to join the Indians at Wrigley prior to the game. It's unclear if manager Terry Francona will be comfortable enough to use him off the bench in a pinch-hit situation, if needed.