Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis put up the worst full-season numbers of his brief major league career this past season, finishing with a .240/.310/.330 slash line with six home runs, 41 RBI, and 22 stolen bases in 555 plate appearances. He suffered from an oblique injury in April and a hamstring injury in September, but neither fully explained how far his numbers had fallen. In 2013, Kipnis finished with a .284/.366/.452 slash line with 17 home runs, 84 RBI, and 30 stolen bases in 658 plate appearances.
During the off-season going into 2014, Kipnis added some weight in attempt to add more power. The Indians now seem to think that it was a bad idea. Terry Pluto of The Plain Dealer reports that the club will alter the conditioning program for their second baseman so that he can cut some weight and hopefully add some speed back into his game. Perhaps Kipnis may even regain his power. Pluto adds that Kipnis was receptive to the Indians’ plan.
Kipnis, 27, will be entering the second year of a six-year, $52.5 million contract extension signed back in early April.