Minors: Jason Kipnis profile, Top 11 for '11 

July, 7, 2011
Cleveland Indians second base prospect Jason Kipnis has seen a lot of his ex-Arizona State teammates -- Brett Wallace, Ike Davis, Mike Leake -- zoom to the big leagues. "It's a confidence boost, if anything," Kipnis told me during spring training. "You think to yourself, 'I played with them. I can make it there.' I'm not worried about when I get there, as long as I get there."

Well, all indications are that he might not have to wait much longer to do so. I've mentioned a number of Indians players in recent blog entries, simply because there are a lot of interesting Tribe players to write about. Kipnis is just the latest, especially since he's on the verge of getting the call in the hopes that he can help an Indians offense still looking for more punch even after the promotion of prospect Lonnie Chisenhall.