Apr 19, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Cleveland Indians third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall (8) hits a home run against the Houston Astros in the fifth inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Terry Francona Remains A Big Believer In Lonnie Chisenhall At Hot Corner

Santana To Provide Flexibility Not Replace Lonnie Chisenhall

Tribe Manager Terry Francona was on MLB Network Radio and talked about Carlos Santana’s transition to third base. He also says he is still a big believer in Lonnie Chisenhall.

He explains that moving Santana to third base is a way to maximize the teams versatility and wonders if Santana handle some duties at third base awhile also serving as the backup catcher.

As for Lonnie Chisenhall and whether or not he is still a believer in him, “I’m actually a big believer,” Francona said. “I just think he’s 23 or 24 years old, he’s got bat speed, sometimes when you come to the big leagues it doesn’t come as fast as you want it to. If you have a hole or you have a weakness big league pitchers will find it.”

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  • Matt

    I think people do sometimes forget how young Chisenhall still is (Francona though is making him younger than he is). This will be his age 25 season. He was 24 for all of the 2013 season and will be 25 for all of the 2014 season. For reference, Kipnis was 25 years old for all of the 2012 season…when he posted a .714 OPS and 102 OPS+…and people got excited about that (Kipnis is two baseball years older than Chiz). Can Chisenhall put up those numbers if given a real chance at 3B? I absolutely believe he can….honestly think he can and will be a lot better than that.