2009 Indians 2nd Round Pick: OF/2B Jason Kipnis
6'0" 180 lbs.
UPDATE (11:15 PM EST): Official Release
The Cleveland Indians selected OF JASON KIPNIS with their 2nd round pick (63rd overall) in the 2009 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. The junior outfielder is currently batting .385 (85-221) with 71 runs scored, 20 doubles, 4 triples, 16HR and 71RBI in 59 games for Arizona State University, who will face the North Carolina Tarheels on Sunday in the College World Series. He also has a .496 on base percentage (48BB, 30K) and a .723 slugging percentage (1.291 OPS). The Northbrook, IL native was named the Pac-10 Conference Player of the Year and for the 2nd consecutive season to the Pac-10 First Team. Last year he was named the Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year after transferring from Kentucky. This marks the 2nd time Kipnis has been selected in the MLB draft as he was taken by the San Diego Padres in the 4th round (135th overall) in the 2008.
UPDATE (10:10 PM EST): Dennis Nosco
Here are some helpful links:
Jason Kipnis interview
Baseball America early season article
Also, worth noting that Kipnis will be playing White on Sunday!
Commentary: Interesting, interesting pick. Obviously the Indians were looking at him as a second round pick which is great, meaning they got their guy. Sooooo, the only question is will they try to move him to second base or have they learned their lesson with Crowe? I like Kipnis as a secondbaseman. As an outfielder, I see him as Ben Francisco with more power and better plate discipline. Will that be good enough to make him more than a 4th outfielder? I don't know, but I like the pick as we got value at this point as Baseball America rated Kipnis as their 61st best prospect and the Arizona State people were hearing supplemental first round or early second round with him.
UPDATE (10:09 PM EST): Jeff Ellis, information courtesy of Keith Law
In retrospect Jason Kipnis made a wise decision to go back to school and raise his draft value. He has great bat speed and is strong enough to hit for power, but there is a concern that he has a grooved swing with no load and a soft front side, which in turn leads to a lot of swings and misses. He has a great eye, works counts, and isn