Finishing up with the last prospect lists from the season, we have Jason Kipnis, the former Covington Lumberjack (06-07), who was assigned to the Arizona Fall League after his amazing run in the playoffs in the Cleveland Indians' minor league system.
Here is what Baseball America's Bill Mitchell had to say about Jason:
No. 10 Jason Kipnis, 2b, Indians
Scouts love this guy. The terms often used to describe the lefthanded-hitting Kipnis are "hard-nosed" and "blue collar." He shows a natural feel for second base in only his first season at the position and even threw in some third base. He's an aggressive contact hitter with gap power and the ability to also drive the ball out of the park. He tied for the AFL lead in doubles with 11 and batted .295/.337/.628. Kipnis, 23, should be ready for a move to Triple-A (where he finished the 2010 season) next year.
Don't be thrown off by the #10 ranking. This list is a cornucipia of top prospects, including Bryce Harper, Dustin Ackley, and Casey Kelly. It's an honor for Jason to make the list, even if it's in the #10 slot!
I will be surprised if Jason doesn't make his major league debut next season.