Jason Kipnis
Jason Kipnis

Jason Kipnis (2B)

Cleveland Indians

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Jason Kipnis finished 1-for-1 with a double, run scored, and two walks in a rain shorted game on Wednesday. Kipnis is 4-for-21 with a home run, two doubles, two RBI, and five runs scored over the last seven days. He has an .812 OPS this season.

Fantasy Impact: Kipnis now has hits in three of his last four games and a double in back-to-back games. He has a .228 batting average in September with two home runs, 10 doubles, nine RBI, and 14 runs scored.

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Jason Kipnis with a home run

Fri, Sep 23rd 7:19am EDT
By Chris Zolli

Jason Kipnis finished 1-for-3 with a home run and two runs scored on Thursday. Kipnis is 8-for-25 with a home run, four doubles, three RBI, and six runs scored over the last seven days. He has an .820 OPS this season.

Fantasy Impact: Kipnis has a hit in five of his last six games and an extra-base hit in four of his last six games. He has a .243 batting average in September with two home runs, eight doubles, eight RBI, and 11 runs scored.

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Jason Kipnis finished 2-for-5 with a double, run scored, and stolen base on Saturday. Kipnis is 7-for-25 with four doubles, an RBI, and three runs scored. He has an .819 OPS this season.

Fantasy Impact: Kipnis has a multi-hit game in back-to-back games and an extra-base hit in three of his last five games. He has a .241 batting average in September with a home run, six doubles, six RBI, and eight runs scored.

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Jason Kipnis sits on Sunday

Mon, Sep 12th 8:27am EDT
By Chris Zolli

Jason Kipnis had a day off on Sunday after posting one hit in eight at-bats on Friday and Saturday against the Twins. Kipnis is 4-for-23 with two doubles, an RBI, and two runs scored over the last seven days. He has an .821 OPS this season.

Fantasy Impact: Kipnis has been a solid performer at 2B this season and has a hit in six of his last 10 games, but only one multi-hit game. Even though Kipnis only has seven hits in his last 10 games, he has walked 11 times.

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Jason Kipnis delivered a walk-off single in the bottom of the tenth inning Monday night, driving in Chris Gimenez for the win.

Fantasy Impact: Kipnis continues his impressive production. The second baseman is now hitting .286 with 20 HR and 70 RBI on the year. His power, coupled with his run production hitting in the two-hole of a surprisingly potent Indians offense, makes Kipnis one of the top fantasy second basemen in the game.

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2B Jason Kipnis went 0-for-4 in the 5-1 loss to the A's on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: In common with the rest of the Indians, Jason Kipnis did not have a productive series against the A's with only one hit in 12 at-bats. In August, the left-hander is hitting .271 (23-for-85) with three home runs and four stolen bases. He will look to get back on track on Thursday in Arlington where he has a .993 OPS.

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Jason Kipnis reaches base twice

Sat, Aug 20th 9:06am EDT
By Chris Zolli

Jason Kipnis went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored on Friday night. Kipnis is 8-for-23 with two doubles, a home run, three runs scored, and three RBI over the last seven days. He has an .853 OPS this season.

Fantasy Impact: Kipnis has been a consistent, top-five performer at 2B this season and has hits in eight of his last 10 games. He has a .323 batting average, eight extra-base hits, nine RBI, and 13 runs scored in August, showing that he is primed for a good stretch run to the season.

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2B Jason Kipnis went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in the first inning vs. SP Jered Weaver and the Angels on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Jason Kipnis reached the 20 home run mark for the first time in his career as he continues his fantastic stretch of form with .340 AVG and .962 OPS since the All-Star break. He joins Ian Kinsler and Rougned Odor as the only other second basemen with at least 20 home runs and double-digit steals.

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2B Jason Kipnis went 1-for-2 with two runs, two walks and a stolen base in the Indians' 14-4 win over the Angels on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Jason Kipnis has reached double-digit stolen bases every year he has played in the big leagues. 2016 has seen the 29-year-old hit a career-high 19 home runs and since the All-Star break he is slashing .315/.374/.539.

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Jason Kipnis cracks solo home run

Thu, Aug 4th 10:04pm EDT
By Dan Harris

Jason Kipnis went 1-for-4 with two runs scored and a solo home run on Thursday against the Twins. It was Kipnis' 18th home run of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Kipnis just continues to roll along, and could challenge for 30 homers by the time the season is over. Kipnis is the rare player that contributes heartily in each of the five fantasy categories, and should remain a top second baseman for the foreseeable future.

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Jason Kipnis went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base. It was Kipnis' eighth stolen base of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Kipnis is having a terrific 2016 campaign, and is now on pace for 26 homers and 12 steals, along with solid stats in the other categories. Batting second in the Indians' lineup, he should continue to provide elite production.

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Jason Kipnis went 1-for-3 with one run and three RBI in Sunday's win vs. the Oakland A's.

Fantasy Impact: Kipnis has a combined six RBI in his last three games, two of those being multiple hit performances. He is batting .373/.406/.593 over his last 15 games. The Indians are 18-5 at home since the begging of June and Kipnis has been a strong contributor.

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Jason Kipnis finished 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles and runs scored in Tuesday's comeback win over the Nationals.

Fantasy Impact: Kipnis continues to produce as he extended his hitting streak on Tuesday. He now has nine hits over his last six games with six runs scored over that span. He's posted an .832 OPS on the season with 16 home runs and seven stolen bases.

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Jason Kipnis homers in win

Mon, Jul 18th 10:23am EDT
By Blaine Blontz

Jason Kipnis went 3-for-4 with a home run and stolen base in Sunday's win over the Twins.

Fantasy Impact: Kipnis had a nice first series after the All-Star break, collecting five hits in his last two games including the home run. He's now up to 15 HRs on the season, and he has a shot at double-digit stolen bases.

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Jason Kipnis went 2-for-4 with a double in the bottom of the 3rd on Independence Day.

Fantasy Impact: Kipnis has had solid numbers in his last 15 games. He's batting .270/.333/.524 with three home runs and 12 RBI. The Indians are still scorching, winning eight of their last 10 games, and Kipnis is a big contributor. The second baseman deserves a start in all fantasy lineups.

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Jason Kipnis was out of the Indians' lineup over the weekend dealing with illness and general soreness. He told reporters that he should be back in the starting lineup soon.

Fantasy Impact: It looks like the team was giving him rest due to his illness, and he should be good to go as soon as Monday. He's been a bit disappointing this season considering his production from 2015, but he, like the rest of his teammates, has been hot of late. He has a hit in eight straight games and an .837 OPS this month.

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2B Jason Kipnis went 1-for-3 in Saturday's win over the Tigers before leaving in the seventh inning with illness.

Fantasy Impact: It is unclear whether the 29-year-old will play in Sunday's series finale or whether the illness will impact his availability next week. The single increased Kipnis' hit-streak to eight games and he is slashing .275/.356/.488 in 22 games in June.

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Jason Kipnis finished 1-for-4 with a walk and an RBI on Thursday, giving him hits in seven of his last 10 games. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, most of Kipnis' contests have been one-hit affairs, and he only has a .250 batting average in June. Kipnis has a .734 OPS this season.

Fantasy Impact: A lot of Kipnis' recent issues stem from the fact that he has struck out 54 times in 58 games this season, showing that he is not seeing the ball well. He only has two multi-hit games in his last 12 games and three extra-base hits this month. Kipnis is 4-for-16 with a double against the Angels' starter on Friday, Hector Santiago, and only has a .560 OPS against left-handed pitchers.

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Jason Kipnis went 1-for-4 Thursday, collecting a hit in his second consecutive game. Still, he's 2-for-14 over his last four games played.

Fantasy Impact: Kipnis had a down month of May after a decent start to the season. He's struggled to get on base at as high of a clip as he did in 2015, and his power totals are a bit down from a season ago. He also didn't steal any bases in May after collecting three in April. Owners are hopeful that he'll be able to rebound for a solid June.

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2B Jason Kipnis went 0-for-4 with a run, a walk and a strikeout in Saturday's 11-4 win over the Orioles.

Fantasy Impact: Jason Kipnis has 51 hits in 2016, the exact same number he accumulated in May 2015. It was always going to be difficult for the second baseman to replicate the exceptional stretch that he had in the first half of last season (.323 AVG, .401 OBP, six home runs and 10 stolen bases). One suggestion for his struggles could be the apparent tendency to pull far more this year, 42% compared to 35% and go the opposite way far less, 18% to 29%.

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2B Jason Kipnis went 1-for-4 with a run in the first game of Monday's doubleheader vs. White Sox and then 1-for-4 with an RBI in the second.

Fantasy Impact: Jason Kipnis got the start in the second game as DH, the first time this season that he hasn't been on the lineup card at second base. Michael Martinez got the start at second base, going 0-for-4. Kipnis is enjoying a hot-stretch of .333 (20-for-60) with three home runs and 13 RBI over his last 14 games. His 2015 season was transformed last year with 1.217 OPS in May. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, he only has a .772 OPS this May.

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2B Jason Kipnis went 2-for-5 with a three-run home run in the Indians' 4-2 win over the Red Sox on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: This was the second baseman's third long ball in eight games. He is hitting .323 this month and has reduced his strikeout rate from 30% in April to below 16% in May.

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2B Jason Kipnis went 0-for-4 with a walk in the Indians' 7-2 win over the Reds on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Despite this hitless game, Jason Kipnis has been a top-4 second baseman over the last seven days and the ninth best over the last 14 days. The walk extended his on-base stretch to 10 games, over which period he has slashed .333/.404/.548.

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2B Jason Kipnis went 2-for-4 with a run and two RBI in the Indians' win over the Reds on Monday.

Fantasy Impact: Jason Kipnis has a terrible 36% strikeout rate vs. left-handed pitching, yet his only strikeout in this game was from RHP Layne Somsen with the bases-loaded. The 29-year-old is hitting .414 over the last seven days, so perhaps there is the possibility of an extended hot run.

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2B Jason Kipnis went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the Twins.

Fantasy Impact: The left-hander has a solid .308 AVG in May (16-for-52) with one double, one triple, two home runs and four RBI. The 29-year-old is crushing right-handed pitching (.922 OPS) but is struggling against left-handers (.507 OPS).

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2B Jason Kipnis went 1-for-4 with a third inning solo home run off Twins' starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco in Friday's 7-6 win.

Fantasy Impact: This was the fourth long ball of the season for Jason Kipnis. He has significantly improved his strikeout rate down to below 20% in May compared to nearly 30% in April. For daily play, you might want to avoid left-handed starters as Kipnis has a .507 OPS against southpaws but .908 OPS vs RHP.

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2B Jason Kipnis went 5-for-7 with five singles and one RBI in the Indians' extra-innings loss to the Astros on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Jason Kipnis looked like one of the few Indians' player capable of hitting the ball out of the infield. This multi-hit effort pushed his batting average up by 25 points to .288. The 29-year-old has a .757 OPS, down on the same period in 2015 (0.823 OPS).

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2B Jason Kipnis struck out three times as he went 0-for-4 in the series finale vs. Royals.

Fantasy Impact: The 29-year-old is hitting .261 with three home runs and three stolen bases. He is striking out at a career-high 29.3%, partly due to a reduced contact rate of 76.5% (compared to 83.8% in 2015). According to the ESPN Plater Rater, Jason Kipnis is the 16th second baseman. Only Dee Gordon would have represented a worse value pick at the position. Don't despair, Jason Kipnis actually has a better OPS this year than last year (.731 compared to .725).

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2B Jason Kipnis went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in the loss to the Twins on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: This was the second home run of the season for the 29-year-old as he extended his hitting streak to six games. Jason Kipnis is batting .282 with 10 runs and three stolen bases. He is striking out at a far higher rate than usual, 27% compared to 17% over the last two seasons, although this is probably a small sample anomaly.

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Jason Kipnis finished 1-for-5 with a stolen base in the Indians' 10-7 loss to the Mariners. Kipnis' batting average has dropped from .333 to .265 over the last week and he has two hits over his last four games.

Fantasy Impact: Kipnis' cold spell can easily be traced back to the fact that he has struck out in each of his last five games, raking up nine strikeouts in 20 at-bats. Considering that he has struck out in 45% of his official at-bats, it is easy to see that Kipnis' statistics have fallen as he has not put contact on the ball. For those fantasy owners scared away by his strikeout woes, remember that when Kipnis struck out the most times in his career, 143 times in 2013, he also posted 57 extra-base hits, 84 RBI, and an .818 OPS. Kipnis is a top-five 2B and has five extra-base hits this season, he will be fine.

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2B Jason Kipnis went 2-for-4 with his first home run of the season as the Indians defeated the Rays 4-1 on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Having only hit six and nine home runs over the last two years, it is encouraging to see Jason Kipnis go deep in only the Indians' sixth game of the season. The 29-year-old is hitting second in the lineup and batting .273 (4-for-22). With Michael Brantley due back within a couple of weeks, Jason Kipnis could be shifted back to the leadoff spot where he was so productive last season, hitting .311 (compared to .237 from the number two spot).

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2B Jason Kipnis went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in the loss to the Rays on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Bad weather has restricted the Indians to just five games. In this small sample, Jason Kipnis has hit 4-for-18 with two runs, two RBI and two walks. He has a .077 AVG in 13 career at-bats against Wednesday's starter Drew Smyly.

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Jason Kipnis had two hits and two strikeouts in the Indians' 7-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox.

Fantasy Impact: Kipnis had another good day at the plate and is hitting .286 on the year with two runs and two RBI. He is still one of the best 2B to have and should be in your lineup moving forward.

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2B Jason Kipnis went 1-for-2 with an RBI-double, run and two walks.

Fantasy Impact: SP Clay Buchholz could not get Jason Kipnis out as the Indians' second baseman displayed the level of patience and power that made him such a useful fantasy asset in the first half of last season. Batting in the three hole, Kipnis had the youth and speed of Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez ahead of him and the veteran power of Mike Napoli and Carlos Santana behind him. In limited at-bats, he has hit .400 off Thursday's starter Joe Kelly.

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2B Jason Kipnis went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Tuesday's season opening defeat by the Red Sox.

Fantasy Impact: Jason Kipnis sparked into action last year when he was moved to the leadoff spot. He slashed .311/.385/.476 at the top of the order, but with Michael Brantley absent on the DL, Kipnis will see more at-bats in the two or three hole. The 29-year-old hit .250 vs LHP last season, so it was always likely to be difficult today against David Price. Expect him to find it easier in Wednesday's game with Clay Buchholz on the mound.

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2B Jason Kipnis will bat behind Rajai Davis in Monday's Opening Day clash vs. Red Sox.

Fantasy Impact: The 29-year-old second baseman has excellent stats in limited opportunities against the Red Sox ace David Price, with a .348 AVG in 23 at-bats. Kipnis was a terrific leadoff hitter but will start the season in the two-hole. He hit three home runs with 12 RBI and one stolen base in Spring Training.


2B Jason Kipnis went 0-for-1 with a walk in the Indians' final Cactus League game on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Jason Kipnis hit three home runs in Spring Training with 10 RBI and .241 AVG (13-for-54). Anyone drafting the 28-year-old in the 80-85 range will be hoping that he starts this season better than 2015 when he posted a .551 OPS in April. He then embarked on a fantastic stretch with a .965 OPS until hitting the DL on August 1. The left-hander struggled when he returned with just a .641 OPS in September. When healthy and leading off, Jason Kipnis has proved that he can be the best second baseman in fantasy. Whether he can recapture that form and keep it for a full season is open to debate.

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2B Jason Kipnis went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run in Thursday's Cactus League game vs. the Reds.

Fantasy Impact: This was the second home run in consecutive days for the Indians' second baseman. He will hope to carry this form into the regular season. Last year,he started with .551 OPS in April before exploding with a career-best 1.217 OPS in May. Kipnis has displayed double-digit home run power, 30+ SB, high OBP, and a .300+ batting average at seperate times during his career, but unfortunately not all in the same season.

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2B Jason Kipnis went 0-for-2 with a walk and a run in Cactus League play on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: The 28-year-old is hitting just 0.091 (1-for-11) as he eases himself into Spring Training. Kipnis hit 9 HR with 11 SB and a .303 AVG last season but dropped off dramatically in the second half. He was the 14th best hitter with a .889 OPS in the first half. His second half .717 OPS dropped him outside of the top-14 second basemen. He is currently being taken as the 80th player off the board. It is debatable whether the reward outweighs the risk.

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Hitless night for Jason Kipnis

Wed, Sep 23rd 12:02pm EDT
By Gavin Tramps

2B Jason Kipnis went 0-for-3 on Tuesday in the defeat by the Twins.

Fantasy Impact: This broke the modest hitting streak Jason Kipnis had been enjoying of 7-for-17 (.412 AVG) over his last four games. Since coming back from injury on Aug 18, the second baseman has been unable to recapture the stellar form he showed in the earlier part of the season. Over this 29 game period, he is hitting .222 AVG with .614 OPS. He hit .343 AVG with a .946 OPS over the 85 game stretch from when he was made the Indians' lead off man to landing on the DL on Aug 1. It shows how far his production has fallen.

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2B Jason Kipnis went 0-for-5 in the 7-2 win over the Tigers in game one of Sunday's doubleheader. He sat for game two.

Fantasy Impact: Jason Kipnis is enduring his worst stretch this year with a .122/.182/.146 slash line for September. Amazingly, 71 players with second base eligibility have scored more fantasy points in September than Jason Kipnis.

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RBI-double for Jason Kipnis

Thu, Sep 10th 5:22am EDT
By Gavin Tramps

2B Jason Kipnis went 2-for-5 with his 38th double and 46th RBI of the season in Wednesday's victory over the White Sox.

Fantasy Impact: Jason Kipnis has slipped into a funk since returning from the DL on Aug 18. His batting average has dropped to .217 AVG over these 21 games with a disappointing .590 OPS. After such a productive first four months, it is difficult to sit him but .156 AVG in September is not helping fantasy owners with championship aspirations.

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2B Jason Kipnis went 0-for-5 in the loss to the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Despite a 15-day DL stint, Jason Kipnis still features in the top-20 'most hits' list with 145. He has struggled to match the level he was producing prior to the injury. In the 14 games since coming off the DL, he is hitting .236 AVG (13-for-55) with a .688 OPS. In the 14 games prior to landing on the DL, he was hitting .345 AVG (20-for-58) with a .814 OPS.

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Three RBI game for Jason Kipnis

Thu, Aug 27th 7:15pm EDT
By Gavin Tramps

2B Jason Kipnis went 2-for-5 with a solo home run and a three-RBI double in Wednesday's win vs. the Brewers.

Fantasy Impact: Jason Kipnis leads the AL with .325 AVG and .400 OBP. He has a .881 OPS on the season but since returning from the DL on August 18, Kipnis has posted a .920 OPS.

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Two doubles for Jason Kipnis

Wed, Aug 26th 10:20am EDT
By Gavin Tramps

2B Jason Kipnis went 3-for-4 with three runs, two RBI, a walk and two doubles in Tuesday's win over the Brewers.

Fantasy Impact: This was the best game for Jason Kipnis since returning from his DL stint on August 18. There had been a drop in his performance to 0.795 OPS in these eight games compared to the .946 OPS he posted for the 85 games from when he was moved to the leadoff spot on April 26 to the last game before he hit the DL on August 1.

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2B Jason Kipnis went 0-for-1 with two walks on Sunday in the series finale win over the Yankees.

Fantasy Impact: Jason Kipnis was scheduled to have a day off on Sunday but replaced DH Ryan Raburn when LHP CC Sabathia left the game in the third inning. Kipnis is enjoying a career-year, leading all second basemen with a 4.9 WAR. His dominance at his position has not been reflected in fantasy, where he is 6th in points leagues and 7th in roto leagues.

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Three hits for Jason Kipnis

Fri, Aug 21st 11:58am EDT
By Gavin Tramps

2B Jason Kipnis went 3-for-4 with a run in the Indians' win over the Yankees on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Expect Jason Kipnis to be back leading off and manning second base for the rest of the season. He will be given the occasional rest at DH but his bat will remain in the lineup as he builds on his impressive season. His 144 wRC+ puts him in the top 12 of all players and unsurprisingly as the top second baseman.

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2B Jason Kipnis has been activated but is not in the Indians starting nine to face the Red Sox on Tuesday. Chris Johnson has been placed on the 15-day DL with a continuation of the hand-infection caused, apparently, by a spider's bite.

Fantasy Impact: Fantasy owners will be hoping that Jason Kipnis will be able to continue with the stellar form he showed before the DL-stint. The second baseman had a .326/.401/.488 slash line in the 85 games since moving to the leadoff spot.

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2B Jason Kipnis was not in the Indians lineup to face the Red Sox on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: The delay in activating Jason Kipnis from the DL probably has more to do with the need to give Michael Brantley another start at DH as he rests his ailing shoulder. It is frustrating for fantasy owners who had started Kipnis in weekly leagues but hopefully he will be back with the team tomorrow.


2B Jason Kipnis will be back with the Indians on Tuesday or Wednesday according to Indians' manager Terry Francona. The decision could be dependent upon whether Michael Brantley needs to have an extra start at DH.

Fantasy Impact: The Indians would like Jason Kipnis to have at start at DH so it is possible they keep him on the DL until Wednesday. His return will be welcomed by fantasy owners everywhere. The second baseman has a .326/.401/.488 slash line in the 85 games since moving to the leadoff spot.

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The Indians could active 2B Jason Kipnis from the DL on Tuesday at Boston.

Fantasy Impact: There is already a logjam at DH for the Indians with Carlos Santana, Chris Johnson, Jerry Sands and Ryan Raburn vying for playing time. Add to the mix both Michael Brantley and Jason Kipnis who will likely to get starts at DH to reduce the impact on their ailing shoulders. Kipnis has been a fantasy stud in the 85 games since moving to the leadoff spot with a .326/.401/.488 slash line. With the Indians having a full slate of games next week, expect Kipnis to get at least five starts if he is activated on Tuesday.

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2B Jason Kipnis was out on the field yesterday taking batting practice. Indians' manager Terry Francona said that the rehab was going well and Kipnis could be activated on Monday for the series vs. the Red Sox. (Source: August Fagerstrom on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Indians are out of the running for 2015 and Jose Ramirez has deputized admirably in Jason Kipnis' absence. The Indians will not want to rush him back unless they are 100% confident in his shoulder. This makes fantasy lineup decisions on Monday subject to last-minute changes.

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Jason Kipnis could have fought through his nagging right shoulder discomfort, staying in the Indians' lineup as a designated hitter until the soreness calmed down. Cleveland felt that would not be fair for the second baseman and that it might risk a more severe injury.

Fantasy Impact: This is a big blow to playoff chances for fantasy teams that have relied on the breakout production from Jason Kipnis this season. Expect Jose Ramirez, who has rediscovered his form in Triple-A, to share second base duties with Mike Aviles.

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Jason Kipnis had an MRI on his shoulder this morning. Indians' manager Terry Francona said "It could be" a DL situation for Kipnis but he wants to talk things over the GM and medical staff. (Source: Jordan Bastian on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The situation escalated quickly from yesterday's statement that it was "not a serious issue". More information regarding the injury will follow but at the moment, Lonnie Chisenhall will lead off and Mike Aviles will man second base. If Kipnis does miss extended time, look for Giovanny Urshela to also see some playing time at second base, increasing his fantasy value with dual-position eligibility.

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2B Jason Kipnis played DH for the second straight game in the loss to the A's on Saturday. And for the second straight game he went 0-for-4.

Fantasy Impact: Indians' manager Terry Francona said "His throwing shoulder is a bit sore. I don't think it is anything we need to worry about. I'll let him DH another night. I don't think that will hurt him". As long as the shoulder issue does not linger and regardless of the slight difference in output (.882 OPS at 2B and .702 OPS at DH), you should continue with Jason Kipnis in your lineup, wherever he plays. Despite the two hitless games, he has a .345/.400/.414 slash line since the All-Star break.

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2B Jason Kipnis went 1-for-5 in the Indians' victory over the Athletics on Thursday. He was caught trying to steal second base. This was the seventh time he has been caught in 18 attempts.

Fantasy Impact: Jason Kipnis is arguably the best second baseman in the game but he could be offering even more to fantasy owners. Over the last three years, Kipnis has nabbed 83 bags at a convenient success rate of 83%. Currently he has just 11 stolen bases in 18 attempts (61% success rate). Considering his superior .408 OBP in 2015 compared to .340 OBP for the previous three years and factor in that he is now leading off, the stolen base numbers could be much higher.

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2B Jason Kipnis went 3-for-5 with two runs, an RBI and his 31st double of the season in Wednesday's victory over the Royals.

Fantasy Impact: The Indians' second baseman leads the majors with hits (131) and doubles (31). He is hitting .413 AVG since the All-Star break so there are no concerns of a second half slump.

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2B Jason Kipnis went 2-for-4 with two runs, a walk and a stolen base in Saturday's victory over the Reds.

Fantasy Impact: With a 151 wRC+ and 4.9 WAR, Jason Kipnis is not only the best second baseman, he is one of the best hitters in all of baseball. 115 hits (3rd), 27 doubles (1st), six triples (4th), 61 runs (5th), 11 stolen bases (27th), .324 AVG (6th). There are no signs that he will not continue this breakout for the rest of the season.

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2B Jason Kipnis went 2-for-5 with two runs and his 35th RBI of the season in Thursday's victory over the Rays.

Fantasy Impact: Jason Kipnis nudged past Paul Goldschmidt into second place with 4.7 WAR (Fangraphs) just behind Bryce Harper. Kipnis is hitting .411 (23-for-56) over the last 14 days with one home run, 11 runs, seven doubles, seven RBI and seven walks.

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2B Jason Kipnis went 1-for-5 in Tuesday's win over the Rays. He hit a solo home run in the third inning.

Fantasy Impact: Jason Kipnis continues to pose a threat to every stat category during every at-bat. He has significantly improved his hits, runs and batting average compared to the first 76 games of last year but there is surprisingly little difference in the home runs (six in 2015, five in 2014), RBI (34 in 2015, 30 in 2014) and stolen bases (10 in 2015, 15 in 2014). Continue to use him as the top option at second base.

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2B Jason Kipnis went 3-for-4 with two runs, a RBI and a walk in the victory over the Rays on Monday.

Fantasy Impact: Sunday's hitless doubleheaded was just a blip as Jason Kipnis got hits 101, 102 & 103 on the season. He also hit a MLB-leading 25th double.

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2B Jason Kipnis was unable to extend his hitting streak past 20 games, going 0-for-7 in Sunday's doubleheader vs. the Orioles.

Fantasy Impact: Despite the 0-for-7, Jason Kipnis is still hitting .373 since moving to the leadoff spot on April 26. The Indians' second baseman has 49 runs, 24 doubles, four triples, five home runs, 31 RBI and ten stolen bases. He is the top second baseman in points leagues and third in roto.

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2B Jason Kipnis went 1-for-5 in the loss to the Orioles on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: This was the 20th consecutive game with a hit for Jason Kipnis. Only Miguel Cabrera and Paul Goldschmidt have got on base more times than the Indians' second baseman. Kipnis has 24 doubles and leads the AL with a .351 AVG.

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2B Jason Kipnis went 4-for-5 in the loss to the Tigers on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Jason Kipnis extended his hitting streak to a career-best 18 games, which is also the longest active streak in the Majors. Additionally, he is enjoying a 27 game hitting streak at Progressive Field. Kipnis is hitting .394 in June with a .476 OBP. He needs the rest of the team of help out.

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2B Jason Kipnis went 1-for-3 with a walk in the loss to the Rays on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Jason Kipnis has the longest active hitting streak in the majors. In the three game series vs. the Rays, Kipnis went 6-for-10 with two doubles, three walks, one run and no strikeouts.

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2B Jason Kipnis will leadoff vs. RHP Jason Hammel and the Cubs on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Jason Kipnis is enjoying a 12 game hitting streak. He is hitting .306 (15-for-49) in June and has one home run in his three at-bats vs. Jason Hammel.


2B Jason Kipnis went 1-for-4 vs. the Cubs on Tuesday. He scored three runs, stole two bases, walked and was caught stealing.

Fantasy Impact: Despite his stellar game, it could have been so much more as the Cubs loaded the bases by intentionally walking Ryan Raburn to pitch to Jason Kipnis. The second baseman grounded out to end the innning. Kipnis is hitting .333 with a .409 OBP.

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2B Jason Kipnis went 2-for-3 in the defeat at the Tigers on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Jason Kipnis continues to hit and has now accumulated 83 hits this season. Instead of increasing the number of stolen bases as he is now leading off, these have actually dwindled. He has been caught five times in 13 attempts.

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2B Jason Kipnis gets a well-deserved day off on Thursday vs. the Mariners. (Source: Jordan Bastian on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jason Kipnis has played all but 1/3 of an inning of the Indians' 514 1/3 innings this season. Mike Aviles will lead off for the Tribe on Thursday. Expect Kipnis to be back on Friday to face David Price and the Tigers.

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2B Jason Kipnis went 1-for-5 in Tuesday's loss to the Mariners.

Fantasy Impact: Jason Kipnis' single tied him with Michael Brantley for the club record of 19 consecutive games with a hit at Progressive Field. He will look to claim the record outright when he faces Taijuan Walker on Wednesday.

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2B Jason Kipnis went 1-for-4 in Thursday's victory over the Royals with a run, an RBI and a stolen base. He also took a walk.

Fantasy Impact: In the elite list of 21 players who have at least five home runs and at least five stolen bases, Jason Kipnis has the second highest batting average (.330) and is third behind Paul Goldschmidt and Mike Trout in runs scored (39). If you like small sample sizes, then in nine plate appearances, Jason Kipnis has a 1.556 OPS against Friday's starter Chris Tillman (0-6 and 6.10 ERA).

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2B Jason Kipnis started June in the same run-scoring form that saw him cross the plate 30 times in May. In Tuesday's victory over the Royals, he went 0-for-4 with a run and his sixth stolen base of the season.

Fantasy Impact: In the 35 games since he was moved to the leadoff spot, Jason Kipnis has enjoyed a slash line of .378 / .467 / .636 with 33 runs, five home runs and four stolen bases. It will be tough for him to reach the levels that he attained in May but there is no reason to suggest that his production will drop significantly.

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2B Jason Kipnis went 0-for-4 in Saturday's victory over the Mariners.

Fantasy Impact: Jason Kipnis needs one more hit to reach 50 in May. He has not had consecutive hitless games since moving to the leadoff spot on April 26, so expect him to get a hit in the series finale on Sunday vs. the Mariners. In the 33 games since moving to the top of the lineup, Kipnis has a .388/.481/.649 slash line with 31 runs, five home runs, 20 RBI and three stolen bases.

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2B Jason Kipnis went 2-for-4 with two RBI in the victory over the Mariners on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Bryce Harper is the only player better than Jason Kipnis at the moment, and he is enjoying the best month of his career. In May, Kipnis is the number two player according to both ESPN and CBS. He has accrued 48 hits with a .449 AVG and 1.270 OPS.

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In Sunday's defeat to the Rangers, Jason Kipnis went 1-for-3 with a run, a walk and a HBP.

Fantasy Impact: It has been a remarkable May for 2B Jason Kipnis. This was the eighth straight game in which he has reached base on at least three occasions. He has a .587 OBP and .340 AVG for May and is the top second baseman. According to CBS, Kipnis' 90 points in May is significantly ahead of second placed Brian Dozier (68.5 pts). No other position has such a differential between first and second.

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2B Jason Kipnis went 4-for-5 and scored three runs in the victory over the Rangers on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Jason Kipnis has scored 17 runs since moving into the leadoff spot on April 26. He has a .657 OBP over his last seven games, 17-for-29 with four walks and two hit-by-pitch.

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2B Jason Kipnis scored a run as he went 1-for-2 in the victory over the Cardinals with a walk, two hit-by-pitch and a single.

Fantasy Impact: Jason Kipnis' exceptional form since he was moved to the leadoff spot continued. In 78 plate appearances, he has struck out just six times and has a .487 OBP. It looks like former leadoff hitter Michael Bourn will be stuck towards the bottom of the batting order for a while.

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2B Jason Kipnis went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a run, an RBI and a walk in the defeat by the Cardinals on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Arguably Jason Kipnis is playing the best baseball of his career. In the 15 games since moving to the leadoff spot, Kipnis has three home runs, three stolen bases and a .381 batting average.

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2B Jason Kipnis went 3-for-5 on Saturday vs the Twins. He scored a run and stole two bases.

Fantasy Impact: These were the first stolen bases that Jason Kipnis has napped since moving to the leadoff spot. In these 13 games, Kipnis has hit three home runs, four doubles, has a 1.003 OPS and is the second ranked second baseman.

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2B Jason Kipnis had a quiet night in the defeat to the Royals. He went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts and committed one throwing error.

Fantasy Impact: The Indians' new leadoff hitter had been nothing short of sensational before Thursday's game. He is batting 0.440 in May (11-for-25) with two home runs, four RBI and has scored six runs. He has still not stolen a base whilst leading off but he does look like a revitalized player.

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2B Jason Kipnis went 4-for-5 with two RBI and three runs in the comeback victory over the Blue Jays.

Fantasy Impact: Jason Kipnis has a .344/.462/.688 slash line in 8 games since moving to the leadoff spot. He has also hit three home runs in his last five games. Bizarrely though, despite 83 stolen bases in the last three years, he has not stolen one since being promoted to the leadoff spot. This is the best we have seen from Kipnis for a while, so a first 20:20 season looks to be much more of a possibility than it did pre-season. Jason Kipnis divides opinion, so keep enjoying the production if you are a believer, otherwise sell now as his value is unlikely to get higher.

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Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis went 2-for-4 with a walk and a home run in Friday's victory over the Blue Jays.

Fantasy Impact: This was the sixth consecutive start at leadoff for Jason Kipnis. Obviously there are other contributory factors but since he replaced Michael Bourn at the top of the order, both guys are playing better. This was Kipnis' second home run in three days, so perhaps the long-awaited breakout is imminent.

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2B Jason Kipnis hit a three-run homer off Yordano Ventura in Wednesday's victory over the Royals. He went 1-for-4 with a walk and four RBI.

Fantasy Impact: Since being promoted to leadoff, Jason Kipnis has walked three times and struck out just twice in four games. He sees a good number of pitches and offers speed on the base paths, so he could stick in the lead off position. Having hit a combined total of 31 home runs in 2012 & 2013, the power dwindled last year with only six. When he breakouts, Jason Kipnis will offer 20-20 potential from second base. FantasyPros rank Kipnis 8th (rest-of-season) yet the ESPN player-rater show him in 25th (this season). The difference makes him an intriguing trade commodity.

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2B Jason Kipnis will bat leadoff for the Indians on Tuesday vs the Royals.

Fantasy Impact: His previous two games at leadoff have been adequate rather than spectacular but his value will increase if the Indians make this a permanent change. For daily fantasy, Jason Kipnis has good numbers against Jeremy Guthrie (11-for-20) so could be a useful pick.


2B Jason Kipnis will bat leadoff on Sunday against the Tigers. Usual leadoff hitter Michael Bourn will drop down to the number nine hole. (Source: Jordan Bastian on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jason Kipnis stole another base yesterday and now has two on the season to go with his .239 AVG. His 16-for-67 record is made up of 15 singles and one triple. Both leadoff candidates of Michael Bourn and Jason Kipnis have a disappointing .254 OBP this season. Either could grab the role and keep it all season.


2B Jason Kipnis went 0-for-4 in the defeat to the White Sox on Monday.

Fantasy Impact: With Michael Bourn rested, Jason Kipnis was given the leadoff job but failed to get on-base. His speed potentially makes him a good substitute for Bourn but like the rest of the Indians', he is struggling at the plate this season. The Indians face the White Sox again on Tuesday and Kipnis will try to improve the 0-for-13 record he has against RHP Hector Noesi.

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2B Jason Kipnis went 0-for-3 with a run, a walk and a stolen base against the White Sox on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: This was Jason Kipnis' first stolen base of the season. Although he had a down year in 2014 with only 22 steals, he bagged 30+ in both 2012 & 2013. The Twins, who the Indians meet for a three-day series starting on Friday, allowed 100 stolen bases last season. Look for Kipnis to capitalize on any opportunities.

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Jason Kipnis went 0-for-4 in Monday's defeat to the Astros.

Fantasy Impact: The top three in the Indians lineup failed to record a hit off Dallas Keuchel, going 0-for-12. With an ADP of 75 it looks like most people are expecting a Jason Kipnis bounceback. Based on last season, he has been over-drafted. Maybe you can capitalize on this.

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Indians' 2B Jason Kipnis went 2-for-3 in Tuesday's Cactus League victory over the Mariners. He walked, scored a run and stole a base.

Fantasy Impact: A stolen base is another good sign as Jason Kipnis tries to prove that he has recovered from his back-stiffness. He lifted his spring batting average to .267 and is likely to bat second in the lineup.

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Having missed a few spring games due to a back-spasm issue, Jason Kipnis signaled his intent for the coming season with a 2-run home run off Wily Peralta. He finished Saturday's Cactus League game 1-for-3 with 2 RBI.

Fantasy Impact: This is a good sign. 2B is a dire position this season yet Jason Kipnis offers power and speed. After a down year in 2014, you might get Kipnis at a discount. He should offer 12 HR & 30 SB at a minimum.

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Indians' manager Terry Francona said that having successfully had 50 swings in the batting cage, the next step would be for Jason Kipnis to play in a rehab game on Wednesday as he recovers from his back issue. (Source: Jordan Bastian on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This will be a crucial test to see whether Jason Kipnis is ready for the start of the season. 2014 was a down year but he still hit 25 doubles & bagged 22 SB. If healthy, he offers great potential at 2B.

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Jason Kipnis to miss 4 straight

Sat, Mar 21st 4:06pm EDT
By Gavin Tramps

Jason Kipnis (back) will miss both Saturday's and Sunday's games. That will be four straight games. He could go to the minors next week and get several AB.

Fantasy Impact: This is worrying news for Kipnis owners. If the back problem continues, look for Mike Aviles to take his place in the infield. There will of course be calls for the promotion of star prospect Francisco Lindor.

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Jason Kipnis to hit second

Thu, Mar 19th 7:35pm EDT
By Gavin Tramps

According to beat writer Jordan Bastian, the Indians' manager Terry Francona is leaning towards starting with three left handed hitters - Michael Bourn, Jason Kipnis & Michael Brantley. (Source: Jordan Bastian on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is good news for Jason Kipnis who could benefit from many extra plate appearances hitting higher up the order and a greater potential to score runs with Carlos Santana & Brandon Moss hitting behind him.

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Double double for Jason Kipnis

Sat, Mar 14th 9:09am EDT
By Gavin Tramps

2B Jason Kipnis finished 2-for-3 with 2 doubles and a run in Friday's Cactus League victory over the Diamondbacks.

Fantasy Impact: 2014 was a down year for the Indians' 2B. If he bounces back, expect 12 HR & 30 SB. If he breaks out, it could be much better.

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Jason Kipnis started his second Cactus League game in the leadoff spot. He scored a run on a Yan Gomes double and finished the day with 1 H, 1 BB & 1 SO.

Fantasy Impact: Look for Jason Kipnis to bounce back after a disappointing, injury-shortened 2014. He has hit 44 HR and nabbed 88 SB in his 466 big league games.

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2B Jason Kipnis will make Cactus League debut on Saturday against the Dodgers (Source: Paul Hoynes on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jason Kipnis suffered oblique and hamstring injuries last season and then in December had surgery to repair a damaged finger tendon. If he proves his health this spring, then he is back to being a potential 20/20 guy at a very weak 2B position.

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