Published July 22, 2011
CLEVELAND – Second baseman Jason Kipnis on Friday will make his debut with the Cleveland Indians.
Kipnis' contract was purchased Friday from Triple-A Columbus, where he hit .279 with 64 runs, 12 homers, 55 RBIs and 12 stolen bases in 91 games. His nine triples led the International League. He led off the recent MLB Futures Game, featuring top minor-league prospects, with a homer.
A second-round draft pick in 2009 out of Arizona State, Kipnis moved to second base from the outfield last year and won the Lou Boudreau Award as the organization's top minor-league position player. He hit .307 with 96 runs, 16 homers and 74 RBIs in 133 games.
Minor-league infielder Jared Goedert was designated for assignment and infielder Luis Valbuena was optioned to Columbus to clear space on Cleveland's 40-man and working rosters.
Kipnis was scheduled to bat eighth Friday vs. the Chicago White Sox.