30-Year-Old Second Baseman – Cleveland Indians
2017 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Kipnis has now put together two consecutive solid fantasy seasons, albeit of different flavors. In 2015, he hit for a very high average and hit at the top of the lineup, setting the table for the bigg...
Jason Kipnis Contract Information:
Kipnis signed a six-year, $52.5 million contract extension with the Indians in April of 2014.
Kipnis went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run during Thursday's win over Minnesota.
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|Career (View All)||853||3,737||3,302||477||886||310||201||21||88||389||121||30||349||710||20||37||29||.268||.340||.422||.762|
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|Last 7 Games||21||5||6||2||0||1||4||3||3||1||0||1||1||0||.286||.385||.524||.909|
|Last 14 Games||33||5||9||3||0||1||5||3||8||1||0||1||1||0||.273||.342||.455||.797|
|Last 30 Games||33||5||9||3||0||1||5||3||8||1||0||1||1||0||.273||.342||.455||.797|
Jason Kipnis: MLB Games Played By Position
Jason Kipnis Split Stats (View Full Split Stats)
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|Preseason||Subscribe now to see our 2017 projections for Jason Kipnis||3-Year Averages||626||558||8.8%||18.7%||0.47||79%||.325||.144|
Jason Kipnis Defensive Stats
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2017 Stat Review for Jason Kipnis As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2016 (min 410 PA)
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Cleveland Indians Roster
MajorsAllen, Cody (P)
AAACrockett, Kyle (P)
AABaker, Dylan (P)
A+Castro, Willi (SS)
AAiken, Brady (P)
RookieBenson, Will (OF)
Jason Kipnis: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Kipnis rebounded nicely (.303/.372/.451) from a disappointing 2014 campaign (.240/.310/.330) but nagging neck and shoulder woes sapped some of his power as he failed to hit double-digits for the second consecutive season. He hit a career-high 43 doubles, but it's easy to wonder if his days as a 15-homer, 30-steal dual threat up the middle are a thing of the past. Kipnis is still a very nice player when healthy, but second basemen typically don't age well. Moreover, Kipnis will turn 29 this season, and he has had his share of nagging bumps and bruises in each of the last two years. Kipnis was a very successful base stealer (84% success rate through 2014) so last year's 60% rate (12-of-20) is a bit worrisome if the Indians decide to further limit his chances. His best days are behind him but it's reasonable to expect a repeat of his 2015 season if he can stay healthy.
Everyone loved the Jay Hey Kid coming into 2014, so much so that he was taken in the end of the second round of many drafts. Kipnis lost nearly all of May to an oblique injury and then ended the season with leg issues. The time lost cost him nearly 120 plate appearances compared to 2013 and his extra-base hit total dropped from 57 to just 32. He still managed to steal at least 20 bases for a third consecutive season and his plate discipline held mostly in line to where it was with a tad more aggressiveness. The glaring issue was Kipnis simply did not drive the ball as he had the previous season, and the injuries certainly were a factor there. In hindsight, taking Kipnis as a top-25 pick in 2014 was a bit aggressive, but he should be drafted as a top-50 player in 2015 as a strong rebound candidate. Keep a close eye on him during spring training, however, as Kipnis needed surgery on his left ring finger in December after suffering an injury during offseason workouts.
It's hard to find much to complain about in a season that saw Kipnis match or set career highs in runs (86), homers (17), RBI (84) and average (.284), while he added 30 steals for good measure. Another second-half slump (.261 average, four homers, 27 RBI, nine steals) was certainly a puzzling development following his elite level of production in the first half. Kipnis actually fared better against southpaws on the season, but the second-half power slump has to be of some concern. He'll be back as the team's everyday second baseman and remains one of the fantasy elite at the keystone with his combination of power and speed.
Kipnis' final counting stats helped mask an awful second half (.651 OPS in 302 plate appearances with just three homers) in his first full season in the majors. His ability to draw a walk (67 in 672 plate appearances) and his success rate on the basepaths certainly make a repeat 30-plus stolen-base season a possibility, but we'll have to see how much new manager Terry Francona turns him loose. If he can avoid a lengthy power outage, he could take another step toward joining the upper echelon at second base in 2013. He'll be back as the team's everyday second baseman.
Kipnis isn't an elite prospect, but hit his way into the Indians' plans with a strong start (.280/.362/.484 with 12 homers) as a 24-year-old at Triple-A Columbus. He hasn't stumbled in any of his minor league stops since being drafted out of Arizona State and continued the trend with a fine debut for the Indians, hitting .272 with nine doubles and seven homers in 36 games after a July callup. He showed enough improvement at second base defensively to remain at the keystone and figures to offer above average power at the position. He'll be Cleveland's everyday second baseman entering the season and should be a threat for double-digit homers and steals in his first full big league campaign.
Kipnis shined in his full-season debut, posting a .307/.386/.492 line across stops at High-A Kinston and Double-A Akron. He'll turn 24 in April and comes from an established college program at Arizona State so handling Double-A shouldn't come as a total surprise. He had a fine season in the Arizona Fall League (.966 OPS) and should see significant time at Triple-A Columbus this year if everything goes according to plan. He's passable at second base defensively and figures to provide above average power from the keystone once he's established.