With a .355 batting average and .410 on-base percentage, it's safe to say former Pitt Community College baseball player Lonnie Chisenhall is having his best season as a major leaguer.
Heading into tonight's contest against the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Cleveland Indians' third baseman has gone 71-for-200 from the plate with 15 walks. In 62 games, he's tallied 33 RBIs, 32 runs scored, 18 doubles and eight home runs.
Three of Chisenhall's round-trippers came in a 17-7 victory over the Texas Rangers June 9. In a performance that made national headlines, the lefty went 5-for-5 from the plate with nine RBIs.
Following the game, the National Baseball Hall of Fame asked the 25-year-old Chisenhall to send them the bat he used during his career night on the diamond and he gladly obliged.
As a Bulldog in 2008, Chisenhall recorded a .528 on-base percentage and batted .410 (68-for-166) with 27 doubles, four triples and eight homers to help PCC go 41-15 overall and reach the Eastern District Championship. The Newport, N.C., native tallied 68 RBIs, 58 runs scored, 38 walks and just eight strikeouts to earn All-NJCAA (Third Team), NJCAA All-District and All-Region X Conference (First Team) recognition.
Cleveland made Chisenhall the 29th overall pick of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft. He made his major league debut three years later, going 2-for-4 against the Diamondbacks on June 27.