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The Golden Sombrero’s Top 50 Prospects: #26 – Jason Kipnis (Video)

#26 Jason Kipnis – Cleveland Indians

2B

DOB: 4-3-87

ETA:  2011

Despite being of relatively small stature at 5-foot-10 and 175-pounds, the former Arizona State standout — as well as the Pac-10 Player of the Year — is a ballplayer.  His best tool is his bat, which he couples well with an excellent eye and plate discipline.  His slash line of .307/.386/.492 in two Minor League seasons  is especially appealing when one considers that Kipnis has a very realistic chance at a 50 grade in the field as well.  At this point, his feet are behind his hands on defense and likely always will be, but they are improving.

He has phenomenal baseball instincts and works very, very hard.  He is aggressive, intelligent, and makes the most of the talent he has.  With 16 jacks and 56 total hits for extra bases between two levels in 2010, Kipnis profiles as a plus hitter relative to his position.  He profiles as an average runner and athlete, but certainly not below.

Kipnis is the kind of prospect we love at the Sombrero – Mike even played against him in high school.  He excelled for a baseball powerhouse in an excellent conference, he does not make many stupid mistakes, his performance represents an optimization of his potential, and he outworks everyone else on the field.  Although Kipnis has only one tool that grades above a 50, he has none that grade below it.  And as a 2B, he has a chance at some All-Star games.

We should see him in Cleveland later this year.

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