Jason Kipnis was named to both the Triple-A and the Minor League All-Star teams by Baseball America on Friday. Kipnis, who also was selected to play in the Futures Game at the Major League All-Star Game, helped pace the Columbus Clippers until he was called up to the Indians in late July.
Kipnis, named the starting second baseman on the Triple-A All-Star team, hit .280 with 12 home runs and 55 runs batted in before his promotion. Zach McAllister was also named to the Triple-A team. McAllister was 12-3, with a 3.32 ERA in 155 innings pitched at Columbus. McAllister has made two spot starts for the Indians this season but has struggled in each.
By Matt Van Wormer
While the Cleveland Indians are battling for a spot in the 2011 playoffs, there is a team just two hours south of the parent club that are looking to repeat as International League and Triple-A National Champions. The Columbus Clippers (77-45) are, once again, tearing up the International League and hold a 12.5 game lead over the Indianapolis Indians. They have eight more wins than any other team in the league with just three weeks left before the Playoffs start.
The Clippers are in just their third season as a Cleveland Indians affiliate, serving the Washington Nationals, New York Yankees and Pittsburgh Pirates in years past. Buffalo used to be home to the Indians’ highest minor league team but moving the team to Columbus just made sense. Not only is Columbus closer to Cleveland, it also gives the Indians another fan base within the state as they root for the players that hope to, one day, make it to the Big League ballclub.