ARLINGTON -- Indians manager Manny Acta is not surprised by the recent power surge from rookie second baseman Jason Kipnis. Home runs were expected to be part of the young infielder's game.
"That's been the report," Acta said on Sunday. "Our Minor League people have always felt that he can hit for power. He's made quite an impression here in a week."
Entering Sunday, the 24-year-old Kipnis had launched five home runs in his past seven games. Within that streak, the second baseman's first four career shots came in consecutive contests.
In the ninth inning of Saturday's 7-5 win over the Rangers, Kipnis provided a two-run home run to cap off a four-run rally for the Tribe. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Kipnis is the first Indians player to have five homers in his first 13 career Major League games since Luis Medina accomplished the feat in 1988.
The last player on any team to belt five homers in his first 13 big league contests was Texas' Taylor Teagarden in 2008.
Since joining the Indians, Kipnis has hit .255 (12-for-47) with two doubles and eight RBIs to go along with his long balls. Prior to being summoned to the Majors, Kipnis hit .279 with 12 homers, 15 doubles, nine triples, 55 RBIs and 64 runs in 91 games at Triple-A Columbus.