23-year old lefty swinging Lonnie Chisenhall is likely to get most of the P.T. at 3B in 2012. He played in 66 games for the Tribe last year and he was 54 of 212 (.255 avg, .699 OPS) with 27 runs scored, 7 homers, 22 RBIs and 1 stolen base. He didn’t show much patience at the plate as he walked 8 times while whiffing 49 times for the Indians last year. Chisenhall also played in 66 games in AAA-ball last year and he was 68 of 255 (.267 avg, .784 OPS) with 45 runs scored, 7 homers and 45 RBIs. He made 10 errors in 58 games at 3B last year for the Tribe while showing out of this world range. If Chisenhall cuts down on the errors and shows more discipline at the plate, he could have a good year for the Indians in 2012.
32-year old lefty swinging Jack Hannahan played in 110 games for the Indians last year and he was 80 of 320 (.250 avg, .719 OPS) with 38 runs scored, 8 homers, 40 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. He has now played in 400 games in his first five years in the majors and he is 272 of 1,176 (.231 avg, .675 OPS) with 129 runs scored, 24 homers, 130 RBIs and 6 stolen bases. Hannahan played in 104 games at 3B for the Indians last year and he only had 5 errors while showing out of this world range. Hannahan is strange as he hits lefties better than righties, so he could platoon with Lonnie Chisenhall in 2012.
Jason Donald, Jose Lopez and Andy LaRoche can all handle playing 3B. Donald played in 4 error-free games at 3B for the Indians last year but he showed pretty poor range. Lopez had 5 errors in 39 games at 3B last year while showing awful range. Andy LaRoche played in 27 games at 3B for the A’s last year and he had 4 errors while showing awful range.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 3B IN 2012: B