Jason Kipnis
Jason Kipnis
32-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Cleveland Indians
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Kipnis has now had two consecutive seasons of below-average offensive production. The numbers he put up in the counting categories were helpful, but not special. The batting average has been a particular drain on fantasy rosters, as it has dropped each of the past four seasons and is now 40 points below where it was just two seasons ago. The advanced batted-ball numbers validate the offensive struggles rather than give one a sense of hope for what could be on the way. The remaining trouble is he continues to struggle with lefties with no signs of turning it around. He has even been slightly below average against righties, which is supposed to be his bread and butter. Kipnis turns 32 just after the start of the season and will be in the final guaranteed year of his deal with Cleveland. It would be great if he could age like Ian Kinsler, but he's well off that pace the past two seasons. Read Past Outlooks
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$Kipnis signed a six-year, $52.5 million contract extension with the Indians in April of 2014.
Cracks third homer
2BCleveland Indians
June 16, 2019
Kipnis went 3-for-5 with a double, a home run and three RBI in Sunday's victory over the Tigers.
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Kipnis delivered an RBI double in the first inning to give his team the early lead, and he would strike again in the third, launching a two-run blast over the fence in right field. The 32-year-old had been hitless over his last three contests, but he ended the series on a high note with a multi-hit day. He's slashing a disappointing .218/.271/.321 over 50 games this year.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
14
3
9
1
6
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vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
6
7
4
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+22%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+58%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+12%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+18%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .596 372 30 7 42 1 .207 .268 .327
Since 2017vs Right .725 814 91 26 86 16 .238 .314 .410
2019vs Left .433 76 4 0 4 0 .178 .200 .233
2019vs Right .686 136 9 3 14 4 .242 .311 .375
2018vs Left .646 162 13 4 24 0 .222 .292 .354
2018vs Right .725 439 52 14 51 7 .233 .323 .402
2017vs Left .632 134 13 3 14 1 .207 .278 .353
2017vs Right .744 239 30 9 21 5 .245 .298 .445
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+23%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+18%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+44%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+2%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .753 606 70 20 69 8 .241 .325 .427
Since 2017Away .614 580 51 13 59 9 .216 .273 .341
2019Home .638 115 8 2 11 1 .233 .298 .340
2019Away .540 97 5 1 7 3 .200 .240 .300
2018Home .833 301 39 13 44 3 .255 .350 .483
2018Away .579 300 26 5 31 4 .207 .280 .299
2017Home .698 190 23 5 14 4 .225 .302 .396
2017Away .711 183 20 7 21 2 .240 .280 .431
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How does Jason Kipnis compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against this season's data (min 100 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.41
 
BB Rate
7.1%
 
K Rate
17.5%
 
BABIP
.252
 
ISO
.104
 
AVG
.218
 
OBP
.271
 
SLG
.321
 
OPS
.593
 
wOBA
.264
 
Exit Velocity
88.7 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
35.0%
 
Barrels/PA
1.9%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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A shoulder injury forced Kipnis to the DL to start the year and he went on to make two more trips to the disabled list due to hamstring issues. His performance when on the field was less than stellar, with his 82 wRC+ representing a dramatic step backward from 2016 (116), although the injuries presumably played a part in his diminished production. Kipnis' strikeout and walk rates held pretty steady, but his walk rate did fall a bit to 7.5 percent, his lowest mark since his rookie season. While Kipnis has never been a slugger, a big increase in flyball rate in 2017 (from 37.4 percent to 44.1 percent) may help him get back to 20 homers if he can stay on the field for a full season in 2018. He has a track record of good health, but the lingering hamstring issues in the second half are troubling for a player who may be forced to play the outfield more to make room for Yandy Diaz in the infield.
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 bigger bats. Last season, he became one of those bigger bats, sacrificing some contact for power and driving the ball more in the air versus into the ground. He set a career high in home runs and runs and nearly did so in RBI. The days of 20-plus steals appear to a thing of the past, and the trade-off is that he is now a more well-rounded categorical player. He is a tough player to forecast because he has a rather large statistical variance in most categories over the past five seasons, and making matters worse, a shoulder injury has clouded Kipnis' availability for the start of the season. This makes for tricky roster planning, but Kipnis has returned profit in four of the past five seasons, and the cost is now dropping as a result of the shoulder issue.
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.
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Rejoins lineup Friday
2BCleveland Indians
June 14, 2019
Kipnis (hip) is starting at second base and batting sixth Friday versus the Tigers, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
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Remains out of lineup
2BCleveland Indians
Hip
June 12, 2019
Kipnis (hip) is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Reds, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
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Not starting Tuesday
2BCleveland Indians
Hip
June 11, 2019
Kipnis (hip) is not starting Tuesday against Cincinnati, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
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Expects to play Tuesday
2BCleveland Indians
Hip
June 9, 2019
The Indians are optimistic that Kipnis (hip) will be ready to play Tuesday against the Reds, Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
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Sustains hip injury
2BCleveland Indians
Hip
June 9, 2019
Kipnis was removed from Sunday's game against the Yankees in the fifth inning with a right hip tightness, Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
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