Prospect Kipnis earns high praise from Acta

Prospect Kipnis earns high praise from Acta

MESA, Ariz. -- One player Indians manager Manny Acta wanted to get a good look at this spring was highly touted second baseman Jason Kipnis. So far, Acta has been thrilled with what he has seen from the youngster.

"He fits the description of the type of players we're trying to put together on this ballclub," Acta said on Thursday. "The blue-collar, dirtbag, run-through-a-wall, relentless type of guy. We're trying to get a bunch of guys and put them together like that and create a team that's going to make our fans proud."

Kipnis, 23, will likely begin this season at Triple-A Columbus after hitting .307 with 16 home runs, 32 doubles, eight triples, 74 RBIs and 96 runs scored in 133 games between Class A Kinston and Double-A Akron a year ago.

Last season was Kipnis' first as a second baseman after breaking into Cleveland's farm system as an outfielder. Early on this spring, Kipnis has looked solid at second base, impressing Acta.

"He's far ahead for anybody that has only played one year at second base," Acta said.