2015 Cleveland Indians postseason player profile: Second baseman Jason Kipnis

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Over the next month, we’re going to recap our guys’ 2015 seasons — on and off the field — in alphabetical order. Previous installments:

Name: Jason Kipnis

Height: 5-11

Weight: 190

Birthday: 4/3/87

Birthplace: Northbrook, Ill.

Resides: Chicago, Ill.

Club control: 2020

Twitter: @TheJK_Kid

The numbers:

  • .303 AVG (171 hits, 15th in the AL)
  • 43 doubles (T3 in MLB)
  • 7 triples (T11 in AL)
  • 59 extra-base hits (18th in AL)
  • .372 OBP (7th in AL)
  • .823 OPS (18th in AL)
  • .334 AVG vs. RHP (3rd in AL)

Behind the numbers:

  • Second AL All-Star team in last three years, as reserve
  • Career highs in hits, doubles, triples, average, on-base percentage and runs
  • Led AL second basemen in average, OBP, SLG and OPS
  • AL Player of the Month for May, when he hit .429 (51-119)
    • Second Player of the Month award in his career
    • Led the league in slash line categories, runs (30), doubles and hits
    • 22 extra-base hits were most in a single month by a Tribe second baseman, and a May club record (most in any month since Hafner in 2006)
    • 51 hits in May were most in club history in May
    • 16th player in MLB history with a month of at least 50 hits, 30 runs and a 1.200 OPS
    • 11th Indians player since 1914 with 51 hits in a month (first since Robbie Alomar in 2000)
    • 15 doubles were most by Indians player in any month since Jeff Heath in 1942
    • First MLB player with 50 hits and 30 runs in a month since Jimmy Rollins in 2005
  • Hit .358 in June (34-95)
  • 20-game hit streak from June 3-26 (third longest streak in AL in 2015)
  • Had four leadoff homers (six career)
  • 3rd in the AL in home batting average (.347)
  • Was named to The Sporting News’ AL All-Star team

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