Double-A Transition Monitor:
Lonnie Chisenhall,3B, Cleveland Indians: Chisenhall first got to Double-A in August of 2009, hitting .183/.238/.387 in 93 at-bats for Akron. This was compared to the .276/.346/.492 mark he posted at High-A Kinston before his promotion, but he was just 20 when promoted last year and no one was surprised that he was a bit overmatched. Returning to Akron this year, he hit .278/.351/.450 with 22 doubles, 17 homers, 46 walks, and 77 strikeouts in 460 at-bats, giving him a +10 percent OPS, somewhat down from the +18 he posted in the Carolina League, but at least above average.
His defensive stats were mediocre, but at least better than what he did in '09 in terms of reliability, increasing his fielding % from .915 to .929. We'll see what Total Zone comes up with when it comes out.
Chisenhall's biggest offensive weakness is a sharp platoon split: .234/.320/.383 against lefties, .301/.367/.484 against right-handers. Overall his numbers are pretty good and he made a decent transition, but the scouting reports on him still seem more glowing than the statistics. I gave him a B+ in the book but might drop that slightly to Grade B.
Carlos Triunfel, SS, Seattle Mariners: Carlos Triunfel has been living on his youth and scouting reports for three years now, but at some point he's got to produce. Apparently that wasn't going to be in 2010: he hit .257/.286/.332 in 129 games for Double-A West Tennessee, with 13 walks and 54 strikeouts in 470 at-bats. Although scouts still praise his bat speed, his swing mechanics don't translate his strength into power, and his extreme impatience doesn't help. His defense is still a problem too; he made 31 errors with a horrible 3.81 range factor, granted RF is a flawed stat, but it reflects reports that while he has a strong arm, he lacks the quickness for shortstop. Of course, if he moves to third base the pressure on his bat will increase.
Reasons for optimism? Triunfel is still just 20 years old, he may have still been shaking off rust from missing almost all of 2009 with injury, and his strikeout rate is low. Hope is not lost, but I gave him a B- last year and that's down to at least a C+ now and maybe a C.