Take a guess: Which player has the highest OPS of any second baseman in the American League?
Not Robinson Cano. Not Dustin Pedroia. Not Howie Kendrick or Ian Kinsler.
Nope, the leader is Jason Kipnis of the Indians -- the surprising Indians, who on Sunday tied the Tigers for first place in the AL Central.
Kipnis, 26, stands almost no chance of overtaking Cano in the All-Star fan balloting. He might not make the team at all, considering Pedroia's all-around brilliance and Kendrick's scorching performance in June.
Still, consider the OPS standings at second:
Pedroia rates as easily the best defender of the group, according to John Dewan's plus-minus ratings on BillJames.com. But Kipnis also leads in stolen bases, with 19 successes in 24 attempts.
Whether Kipnis makes the AL team or not, he is becoming a star -- not that you would have viewed him that way in April, when he batted .200 with a .555 OPS.
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