Jason Kipnis, Second Base, Cleveland Indians, #22
Date of Birth: 4/3/1987
Birthplace: Northbrook, Illinois
College: Arizona State University
Jason Kipnis, second baseman for the Cleveland Indians, was first drafted in 2009. The following year, he played in the minor leagues for the Indians. On July 22, 2011, he was called up to the major leagues but he played in just 36 games with the Indians and spent the rest of the season back in the minor leagues.
In 2012, Kipnis became the Indians' starting second baseman, playing in 152 games with them that season. In 2013, he batted .284 with 160 hits, 36 doubles, 17 home runs, 84 RBIs, and 30 stolen bases in 149 games.
On April 4, 2014, Kipnis and the Indians agreed to a six-year, $52.5 million contract extension. The deal includes a club option for a seventh year. He finished the 2014 season with 120 hits, 25 doubles, 22 stolen bases, and a .240 batting average in 129 games.
During the month of May, 2015, Kipnis set an Indians record for the most hits in one month with 51. He also had 30 runs during that month, joining Ty Cobb and Al Simmons as the only other Indians to have 50 or more hits and 30 or more runs in one month. He finished the season with career highs in hits (171), doubles (43), and batting average (.303). As a second baseman, he made 311 assists, 69 double plays, 203 putouts, and 7 errors in 124 games.
Kipnis had a strong 2016 season, finishing with a .275 batting average, 168 hits, 41 doubles, a career high 23 home runs, 15 stolen bases, and 82 RBIs in 156 games. Defensively, as the Indians' second baseman in 151 games, he made 422 assists, 70 double plays, 198 putouts, and 12 errors. In the postseason, he batted .230 with 14 hits, including 3 doubles and 4 home runs, and 8 RBIs in 61 at-bats in 15 games.
Career batting statistics for Kipnis through 2016 include:
- 763 games played
- 808 hits
- 176 doubles
- 354 RBIs
- 115 stolen bases
- 639 strikeouts to 321 walks
- .272 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Kipnis at second base through 2016 include:
- 727 games played
- 2,015 assists
- 403 double plays
- 1,123 putouts
- 49 errors
- .985 fielding percentage