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2B Jason Kipnis named Indians Minor League Player of The Week07/05/2011 2:04 PM ET
CLEVELAND, OH-The Cleveland Indians today announced Columbus 2B JASON KIPNIS has been named the Indians Minor League Player of the Week for the week of June 26-July 2. The Player of the Week award recognizes an individual performance from within the Indians Player Development System and will be announced each Tuesday thru the end of the minor league baseball season. All players from the Tribe's minor league affiliates are eligible for the weekly award.
This past week, Kipnis, 24, hit .500 (13-26) with 9 runs scored, a double, 3HR and 7RBI in 7 games for the AAA Columbus Clippers while posting a .581 on-base percentage and a .885 slugging percentage (1.466 OPS). On June 28th in the Clippers 5-4 victory over Toledo, he belted a pair of solo home runs. So far this year at AAA Columbus he is batting .305 (90-295) with 60 runs scored, 14 doubles, 9 triples, 11HR and 50RBI in 70 games (.380 OBP, .525 SLG), while being a perfect 11 for 11 in stolen base attempts. Kipnis currently leads the International League in runs scored (60) and triples (9), is 2nd in OPS (.914), 4th in slugging percentage (.525), 5th in on-base percentage (.389), T6th in RBI (50), T7th in hits (90), 12th in average (.305), T15th in stolen bases (11) and T19th in HR (11). Yesterday, he was named the International League Player of the Week and was recently named to the International League All-Star team and selected to participate in the XM Futures Game held over All-Star weekend in Phoenix, AZ.
Kipnis was a 2nd round selection (63rd overall) by the Indians in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of Arizona State University where he was an All-American selection. An outfielder at Arizona State, Kipnis was converted to second base prior to the 2010 season. In 2010 he combined to hit .307 (159-518) with 96 runs scored, 32 doubles, 8 triples, 16HR and 74RBI in 133 games between Kinston and Akron as he was named the Tribe's Minor League Player of the Year (Lou Boudreau Award) and was named a Baseball America Minor League All-Star. Prior to the 2011 season, he was named the 9th best prospect in the Indians organization by Baseball America.
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