Originally written on Indians Baseball Insider  |  Last updated 10/19/14
The third individual in my list of key players for the 2013 Cleveland Indians is second baseman Jason Kipnis. The first two articles in this series covered Justin Masterson and Lonnie Chisenhall. Jason Kipnis finds himself on this list for one big reason: the .233/.322/.328 line he posted after the All-Star break last season. Once upon a time during the 2012 season Kipnis was just off pace for a 30/30 season. That’s a feat that’s only been accomplished by 17 hitters over the last decade. On June 30th Kipnis’s line was .275/.335/.426 with 11 home runs and 19 stolen bases. At that point the Indians were still in contention for a playoff spot and there was even a bit of buzz surrounding Kipnis as a sleeper for the American League MVP award. That would all come crashing down in the second half. Kipnis’s collapse mirrored that of the entire team. In the Indians 5-24 month of August, Kipnis only hit .180/.250/.281 with 24 strikeouts and 7 walks. While the collapse was an entire team effor...
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