Friday 5: Biggest Questions Facing the Cleveland Indians During Spring Training

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What could Giovanny Urshela bring to the Indians?

Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

It is safe to say we still do not know who is the real Lonnie Chisenhall. And because we don’t, the Indians should be keeping an eye on their top third base prospect Giovanny Urshela.

Given an opportunity to handle the most extensive playing time that he’s received since arriving in Cleveland, Chisenhall batted a respectable .280 and clubbed 13 homeruns in 2014. But he did most of that damage before the All-Star break and posted a dismal .218 / .277 / .315 slash line after it.

With that being said, Cleveland should be taking a long look at Urshela this spring.

The 23-year-old third baseman hit .398 with three homeruns and 22 RBIs in winter ball before getting shelved with a sprained ligament in his knee. He will likely begin the season in Columbus (AAA), but he is by far the most skilled defensive third baseman in the system.

Should Chisenhall continue his post-All-Star break skid, Urshela will likely get his first look in the big leagues in 2015.

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