Indians Select Infielder Lonnie Chisenhall with First Round Selection

Chris KreitzerSenior Analyst IJune 5, 2008

The Cleveland Indians, with the 29th overall pick in the 2008 MLB draft, selected shortstop/third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall of Pitt Comunity College in North Carolina.

Only 19, this left handed hitter projects to be a corner outfielder in the majors who has a crisp line drive swing with potential power.

He was arrested as a freshman at the University of South Carolina on charges of burglary and grand larceny, and was subsequently kicked off of the team. The Indians front office is very thorough in their background checks of players, so they must feel confident that Chisenall's past digressions are now behind him.

With the lack of high-ceiling position players in the minors, the Tribe was almost forced to go with a bat with this selection. Baseball America ranks him as the 74th top prospect, so Mark Shapiro and Company may be reaching here a bit.

Minor League Baseball has an excellent write-up on him here, and also check out Cleveland Indians Minor League Insider for up-to-the-minute draft news.