Chisenhall's Streaks Are Intact
July 15, 2009
After researching it Chisenhall in fact is in the midst of a 27-game errorless streak at High-A Kinston. Now, a 27-game errorless streak is not all that impressive and errors alone don't tell the whole story how a player is performing defensively; however, when you consider that he had 19 errors in his first 52 games - about one every 2.5 games - but in his last 27 he has none, this is noteworthy.
As many know, Chisenhall made the switch from shortstop to third base this year, a process that started at the end of last season when he went to the Instructional League in mid-September. Over the course of the past nine months he has transitioned well to the new position, and while there were some speed bumps along the way as evidenced by the high error totals the first two months of the season, the sudden drop in errors over the last five weeks shows he is adapting well to the new position. This is of no surprise as the Indians have said all year that he continues to get better every game at third base and they believe he can become an above average defender there, but it's nice to see some numbers help support what they are saying.
In some ways, Chisenhall is having a breakout year. Not so much as a prospect as he was a first round pick last year and was a Top 10 rated prospect in most publications coming into the season. Yet there was some unknown in how well he would handle the change to third base and how much power he would show in his bat, and with his performance to date he has gone from a very good prospect to an elite level prospect. Baseball America backs this up as they recently placed him in their mid-season Top 50 Prospect ranking, and the same pretty much came from the mouth of Kevin Goldstein in an interview Paul Cousineau and I did with him on Smoke Signals a few weeks back.