More Tribe Picks: Jason Kipinis in Second, Joe Gardner in Third
The Indians finished Tuesday with a win and two more players, OF/2B Jason Kipnis from Arizona State and Right-handed pitcher Joe Gardner from UC Santa Barbara. Here is a little info on both.
He has a great eye, works counts, and isn’t afraid of hitting with two strikes, though he doesn’t change his approach at all when he does have two strikes. The big question on Kipnis is position.
He’s an average runner who is at best 50/50 to even stay in center, but may not have the power to play corner outfield. Some clubs have though of returning him to second base, where he played in high school, but his body is different and moves to high- skill positions rarely work.
He was kicked off Kentucky and had to transfer after his freshman year, so there are lingering questions about make up. Though it should be noted he had zero problems since he moved to Tempe.
He sits right around 90, with a very good tailing life on the pitch, possibly thanks to his ¾ slots. His slider has decent speed but he gets around it too much. His change up has decent fade but stays up too long. His delivery isn’t pretty with a lot of extra movements and lack coordination.
He is very raw, but has size, arm strength, and a good ability to throw strikes. With a decent pitching coach there is is a chance there is even more velocity in that arm.
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