Lonnie Chisenhall named ESPN’s SweetSpot Defensive Player of the Month for August, starts September even better


Editor’s Note: After being named Sweet Spot’s Defensive Player of the Month for August, Chisenhall had an incredible night defensively on Sept. 10 — 3 assists, including two on a wild double play in the second inning. CLICK HERE to watch, or check out his big night in GIF form:


Despite only playing right field since early June, Lonnie Chisenhall has made quite the impact in the Indians outfield — and is getting national attention for his stellar defense. Chisenhall was named ESPN’s SweetSpot Defensive Player of the month for August due to his huge strides and future promise as a great outfielder.

The transition from third base to right field has worked out quite well quite quickly for Cleveland Indians utility man Lonnie Chisenhall.

The selection might surprise you, but it’s one made on merit. Chisenhall is the SweetSpot Defensive Player of the Month for August.

Chisenhall wins the award despite never having played right field in the major leagues before the past few days in July. He finished August with eight Defensive Runs Saved, showing skill both at catching fly balls and using his throwing arm to deter baserunners.

It was a great month all around for Chisenhall, who hit .403 with a 1.026 OPS in 67 August at-bats.

Chisenhall may not have the flash of Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier, who won the award in June and closed August with a spectacular home run robbery of Manny Machado. But he might get to that point someday given the skills he’s shown.

Chisenhall’s switch may have slid under the national radar, as the Indians hadn’t been in wild-card contention until a recent six-game winning streak boosted them in the standings, but it’s been a smooth transition.

Read ESPN’s full article here.

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