WFNY’s Jim Pete and Mike Hattery continue the 2017 Cleveland Indians positional preview series with a conversation about second base.
Jason Kipnis was quietly exceptional, though quiet coupled with Kipnis seems ironic. Kipnis flew under the radar as an infielder in 2016 thanks to the great performances of Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez. Second base is a settled position, but the complexity of Jason Kipnis raises many questions.
Links to past positional previews:
1:41: Podcast series introduces the delightful new acoustic opening from Jonathan Becker
3:58: Kipnis quietly consistent
5:00 Kipnis adding power and malleability
5:26 The Hoynes Kerfuffle
6:00 Kipnis overlooked at a deep position and deceptive projections
7:18 Kipnis is constantly adapting to his role in the lineup
9:20 The virtues of Jason Kipnis, defender.
12:00 Chicago attitude…..
14:43 Depth help at second base
15:30 Short term and long term replacement strategies
16:30 The guys get whiny about Michael Martinez again
17:15 Yandy Diaz is big league ready now offensively
21:10 Jim Pete does a peak anti-Michael Martinez rant
23:10 Michael Martinez and organizational failure
25:00 Talking batting order
28:01 Lengthening the batting order
29:15 Kipnis traditional stat collector
30:40 Jeff Kent comparisons
31:56 Leveraging Progressive Field as a left handed hitter