CLEVELAND, OH-- The Cleveland Indians announced the recipients of the organization's 2010 Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year awards.
INF JASON KIPNIS has been named the 2010 winner of the Lou Boudreau Award as the top minor league position player in the Indians Player Development System. Additionally, RHP ALEX WHITE has been selected as the Bob Feller Award winner for 2010 as the organization's top minor league pitcher.
Kipnis, 23, in just his 2nd professional season, hit a combined .307 (159-518) with 96 runs scored, 32 doubles, 8 triples, 16HR and 74RBI in 133 games between Kinston and Akron in 2010. Following the completion of the Aeros season, Kipnis joined the AAA Columbus Clippers for their playoffs and batted .455 (10-22) with 9 runs scored, 3 doubles, 2 triples, 2HR and 3RBI in 5 games as the Clippers were International League and Triple-A Champions. Jason began his season at Kinston where he batted .300 (61-203) with 33 runs scored, 12 doubles, 3 triples, 6HR and 31RBI in 54 games before being promoted to AA Akron in early June. While at Akron he hit .311 (98-315) with 63 runs scored, 20 doubles, 5 triples, 10HR and 32RBI in 79 games. Kipnis led the entire Indians minor league system in hits (159) and runs scored (96) and ranked T3rd in triples (8), 4th in doubles (32), T5th in HR (16) and T5th in RBI (74). Following the season he was named the 9th best prospect in the Eastern League by Baseball America.
A 2nd round selection by the Indians in the 2009 draft out of Arizona State University, Kipnis was converted to second base at the beginning of the 2010 season after playing exclusively in the outfield in 2009. He is currently playing for the Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League.
White, 22, the Indians 1st round selection (15th overall) from the 2009 draft, went a combined 10-10 with a 2.45 ERA (150.2IP, 123H, 63R/41ER, 46BB, 117K) in 26 games/25 starts between Kinston and Akron while limiting opponents to a .220 (123-559) average against. On the year, White led the Indians Player Development System in innings pitched (150.2), was 2nd in ERA (2.45), T4th in wins (10) and 6th in strikeouts (117).
Alex began the year at Kinston going 2-3 with a 2.86 ERA (44.0IP, 32H, 18R/14ER, 19BB, 41K, .204 avg) in 8 starts before being promoted to Akron at the end of May. While at Akron he posted a record of 8-7 with a 2.28 ERA (106.2IP, 91H, 45R/27ER, 27BB, 76K, .226 avg) in 18 games/17 starts. His 2.28 ERA would have led the Eastern League however did not qualify. Following the season he was ranked by Baseball America as the 8th best prospect in the Eastern League.