2 hits in MLB debut

Lonnie Chisenhall was called up before Monday’s game in Arizona to make his major league debut and responded with a 2-4 performance. He’s the 7th Indian to collect two hits in his debut since 1990 and the first with two hits and an RBI since Josh Bard in 2002.

And not to put too much pressure on the kid, but the last Tribe third baseman with two hits in his debut: future Hall of Fame Jim Thome

Player Date Tm Opp Rslt AB R H 2B HR RBI Pos.
Lonnie Chisenhall 2011-06-27 CLE ARI W 5-4 4 0 2 1 0 1 3B
Jason Donald 2010-05-18 CLE TBR L 2-6 3 1 2 0 0 0 SS
Michael Brantley 2009-09-01 CLE DET L 5-8 4 1 2 0 0 0 LF
Josh Bard 2002-08-23 CLE SEA W 4-2 4 1 2 0 1 3 C
Dave Roberts 1999-08-07 CLE TBD W 15-10 5 3 3 1 0 0 CF
Jim Thome 1991-09-04 CLE MIN W 8-4 4 1 2 0 0 1 3B
Mark Lewis 1991-04-26 CLE TEX W 5-2 3 0 2 1 0 2 SS
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Generated 6/28/2011.

Tribe Farm Report

Since Friday’s game at Minnesota was rained out now seems like a good time for an update on some of the Tribe’s top prospects:

  • Down in Columbus, third basemenĀ Lonnie Chisenhall has gotten off to a slow start. He’s batting just .222 with one homer through 14 games.
  • Second-basemen Jason Kipnis has also gotten off to a somewhat slow start, batting jut .255. However, thanks to 10 walks in 14 games, his OBP is .371. That type of patience from a light-hitting second basemen could make for a nice No. 2 hitter behind Brantley or Sizemore in the near future.
  • Cord Phelps, who has split time at second, third and short, is off to a hot start. He’s batting .373 with a .478 OBP and an OPS over 1.000.
  • On the pitching side of things David Huff is solidifying himself as a AAAA pitcher. Through three starts he is 1-0 with a 2.12 ERA. But his 8-10 K-BB ratio indicates he probably won’t be joining the big league squad again any time soon.
  • Alex White, however, is making a strong case to get called up sooner rather than later. Through three starts he has posted a 2.00 ERA with a 0.944 WHIP. With a 20-3 K-BB ratio in just 18 innings of work, he could find himself at the back end of the Tribe’s bullpen in the near future.