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Indians call up top prospect Jason Kipnis

Jul 21, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

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Jason Kipnis announced the move himself on Twitter:

I’m Coming Cleveland!!

With Grady Sizemore on the shelf and the Indians in need of a bat, Kipnis will join the team tomorrow.  What exactly he’ll be doing is still unclear.  Kipnis is a former outfielder who moved to second base last year.  The Indians could decide to start him at second over Orlando Cabrera, but they also have an obvious need in the outfield now and may stash him there instead.

The 24-year-old Kipnis was hitting .279/.361/.481 with 12 homers and 12 steals for Triple-A Columbus.  He was actually ice cold as of late, having gone 3-for-31 since play resumed following the All-Star break.  He hit .297/.380/.506 during the first half of the season.

While he’s a left-handed hitter, Kipnis has actually done his best work against southpaws this season, hitting .313/.388/.536 with five homers.  He’s at .262/.348/.454 versus righties.

The Indians wouldn’t call him up now unless they intended to play him regularly.  Whether it’s at second base or in left field, expect to see him in the lineup nearly everyday.

Update: The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Paul Hoynes reports that Kipnis will play mostly second base and that it “doesn’t sound like he’ll see much, if any, time” in the outfield.

  1. natstowngreg - Jul 21, 2011 at 6:21 PM

    So the Jason Kipnis Watch is over? Gone the way of the Eric Hosmer, Brandon Belt, Mike Moustakas, Dustin Ackley, etc., Watches? Good. And good luck to Kipnis.

    It’s fascinasting, in these days of the televised draft, Top 100 Prospect list (with mid-season update), Futures Game, and tempest in a teapot over some teenager making a rude gesture in a Sally League game, to see the obsession over when some kids are going to make their MLB debuts.

    As a Baseball America subscriber, this isn’t a criticism. Just an observation.

  2. tribefever - Jul 21, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    About time…Time for the tribe to go on the war path!!

  3. bigtrav425 - Jul 21, 2011 at 8:06 PM

    This is the Dolans way of getting out of making a trade this yr..cheap bastards!…but i hope they play him as much as possible tho as they should with all the young guys.One major problem with the tribe(among many) is that they leave there good players in the minors for to damn long/play games with them by sending them up and down up and down.that fucks with a players mind!

  4. tashkalucy - Jul 21, 2011 at 8:49 PM

    The Indian front office has had no clue what they’re doing since Hart and his people left and Shapiro and his PR silver tongue and computers moved in.

    The Indians had it great when they culd say they had prospects in Columbus. Now they’re calling them up. Phelps made it up for a month or so and went right back down. Chisenhall is a nice enough guy but is not ready for major league ball. The young starting pitchers are getting bounced around now that the scouts and teams have seen them.

    I wish Kipnis well. But Indian fans expecting anything are setting themselves up for a letdown.

  5. Brian Murphy - Jul 22, 2011 at 5:29 PM

    We couldn’t find/use a more authoritative picture of Kipnis swinging other than one where he is apparently fouling the ball off his foot?

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