OH – The Akron Aeros honored second baseman Jason Kipnis Monday morning as the
recipient of the Akron Aeros Player of the Week award for the second time this
season. The recognition covers the week of July 12th through July 18th
where the Aeros played only five contests because of the Eastern League
All-Star Break. All five games were against the last-place Erie SeaWolves and
Kipnis was instrumental in helping Akron sweep the Wolves in four games over
the past weekend.
again led the team with a .476 (10-for-21) batting average this past week in
his five games while also drawing three walks. He doubled three times and
scored six runs while stealing three of his only four stolen bases in Double-A
this season. The Northbrook, IL native went hitless Monday but responded with
four consecutive multi-hit games against Erie including two singles and three
walks in Friday night’s victory.
earned the promotion to the Aeros back on June 10th and since that
time, the 23-year-old ranks seventh in the Eastern League with a .404 on-base
percentage. He now is batting .320 in Double-A along with 10 doubles and 12
RBI, reaching base safely in all but two of his 32 appearances. Canal Park has
also marked great success for the second baseman, as he is batting .349 with a
.446 on-base percentage in 16 games in Akron.
Cleveland Indians selected Kipnis out of Arizona State University in the second
round of the June 2009 Draft and he made his professional debut last August
with short-season Class A Mahoning Valley. He appeared in 29 games for the
Scrappers, batting .306 with 19 RBI. Kipnis then began the 2010 season with the
Class A Kinston and was converted from his old position in the outfield to
second base. He batted .308 in 46 games played for the K-Tribe, and now has 12
home runs and 47 RBI combined on the year.
The Akron Aeros will
award their Player of the Week honor to an individual player every Monday for
the rest of the season. In the case of a Monday closure of the team offices,
the Aeros will announce the award Tuesday morning in conjunction with the
announcement of the weekly Eastern League honors. Kipnis previously won the
first-ever award on June 21st. This week, the separate EL
Player-Pitcher of the Week Awards went to Harrisburg’s Jesus Valdez and New
Hampshire’s Jo-Jo Reyes, respectively.
stars Asdrubal Cabrera and Shin-Soo Choo will both join Akron as the team
continues a weeklong home stand Monday against the first-place Altoona Curve.
Both players are currently recovering from injuries, and tonight is the
much-anticipated “Ship out LeBron James” night at Canal Park. Fans make
charitable donations of gently used LeBron apparel in exchange for free tickets
to the game and all donations will go to the Canal District Union of the United
Methodist Church for an upcoming mission trip.
The series against
the Curve begins tonight at 7:05 p.m. on another Dollar Dog Monday at Canal
Park. Akron ace Alex White (4-4, 1.53 ERA), the recipient of last week’s Akron
Aeros Player of the Week, makes the start against Altoona left-hander Rudy
Owens (8-3, 3.00 ERA). Tonight’s radio broadcast begins at 6:50 p.m. on Fox
Sports 1350 AM and at www.akronaeros.com.
For more information, please call the Aeros at (330) 253-5151.