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Old 04-25-17, 11:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Metacomet View Post
After three weeks of Almonte as the starting right fielder, I'm getting the idea that he's best-suited as a fourth outfielder. I think he'll keep doing what he's done since he's been with the Tribe: .255 to .260, little power and decent-but-not-great defense. I hope Naquin gets his stroke back in C-bus. Or Zimmer finds his stroke. If neither does, right field may be a spot the Tribe looks to upgrade later this summer.

In the spring of 2007, Kipnis batted .337 for the Wildcats with a .450 on-base percentage as an outfielder while stealing 11 bases in 12 attempts in 34 games.
.......University of Kentucky wasn't the right fit for him and that ASU's college baseball reputation would make it a better fit.

In 2008, Kipnis batted .371 with 14 home runs and 73 runs batted in. He finished second in the league with 24 stolen bases in 28 attempts. Kipnis primarily played center field, but played all outfield positions and second base; he batted leadoff part of the time.
In 2009, Kipnis was the team's leadoff hitter and batted .384 with a .500 on-base percentage and a .709 slugging percentage. He finished with 16 home runs, 71 RBIs, 27 steals in 33 attempts, 51 walks and 32 strikeouts. The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA), Baseball America, and Collegiate Baseball named Kipnis the Pac-10 Conference Player of the Year, a Pac-10 Conference All-Star outfielder, and a First Team College All-American outfielder. rated Kipnis the number one outfielder in the nation.
In 2009, the first-year minor leaguer batted .306 for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers of the Short-Season A classification New York–Penn League, playing left and center field. While Kipnis appeared to be a good prospect as an outfielder, the Indians saw his potential as a second baseman. Kipnis felt he would have more success in the majors at second base, particularly because of Cleveland's difficulties at that position in recent years.
We have some good infielders around now. Is it nuts to consider putting Kipnis back in the outfield ? Could it even extend his career ?
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