News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

NOCHE

The Holden Arboretum

Hennes Paynter Communications


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Sports


Two Indians draftees, Kipnis and Lindor, become success stories
Terry Pluto notes that few of those drafted by Cleveland have gone on to make the All-Star team, as Kipnis did, and Lindor is regarded as one of the best in the minors
by WKSU's MARK URYCKI


Senior Reporter
Mark Urycki
 
Francisco Lindor is a recent arrival at Akron but may be moving up again.
Courtesy of David Monseur. Akron Aeros
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

The Cleveland Indians have not had much luck in drafting young players over the years but two of their recent picks are looking to be real winners.

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto notes that few players – with any organization -- ever get through the minor leagues and make a major league club. He spoke with WKSU’s Mark Urycki:

Pluto audio interview

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (4:50)


Images with audio

Jason Kipnis began as an outfielder but converted to second base for a shorter path to the major leagues. 
Terry Pluto says the road to the major leagues is usually a two-way street.  Few players can make their first call-up stick.


Jason Kipnis began as an outfielder but converted to second base for a shorter path to the major leagues. Terry Pluto says the road to the major leagues is usually a two-way street. Few players can make their first call-up stick.

Francisco Lindor was drafted at age 17.  Now 19, he is a star shortstop at the AA Akron Aeros. 

The mental pressure on young players is often too much for them to bear and succeed at the major league level. Pluto believes Kipnis is succeeding partly because he feels he was slighted by scouts and is determined to prove his value.


Francisco Lindor was drafted at age 17. Now 19, he is a star shortstop at the AA Akron Aeros. The mental pressure on young players is often too much for them to bear and succeed at the major league level. Pluto believes Kipnis is succeeding partly because he feels he was slighted by scouts and is determined to prove his value.

(Click image for larger view.)

In 2009, The Indians drafted an outfielder named Jason Kipnis. His first full season in the big leagues was last year and this year he made the All-Star team.

Two years ago the Tribe drafted 17-year-old Francisco Lindor. He’s playing in Akron now, but  Pluto says Lindor is knocking on Cleveland's door. 

“The next big thing for the Indians is at Akron,” he says

That’s a surprise because the odds are against any player getting through the four levels of minor leagues to get to the majors.

So how good have the Indians been at drafting?  Not since 1998 (C.C. Sabathia)  have the Indians drafted a player who made it to the All-Star game.

“You’re looking at over 300 guys and none of them made it."

A couple young Latino players were signed outside the draft and did become all-stars – Victor Martinez and Fausto Carmona. Pluto says Kipnis carries a little resentment for not being drafted in the first round and that may be helpin him succeed.

The hardest part for players who get to the majors, says Pluto, is to deal with the mental pressure and stay there. He notes that Kipnis is one of the very few players who has never yet been sent back to the minors after getting to the big leagues.
Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Farm-to-School: Cafeteria lunch is fresh and local at Tallmadge High School
Great job Tallmadge City Schools! So glad to have a progressive business manager and superintendant!

World premiere at Cleveland Institute of Music is fanfare for a new theme
J'ai une grande admiration pour Daniil Trifonov que j'ai vu en concert deux fois à Paris je ne lui trouve pas d'égal c'est un ange tombe du ciel

Kent's journalism school faculty protest presidential search secrecy
There really was too much secrecy behind the selection process. Hopefully the letter by the faculty members will convince the board to provide more information ...

Belgian cargo ship creates new export route between Antwerp and NEO
The vessel is registered in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Not in Belgium ;)

Exploradio: Tracking Ohio's champion trees
Absolutely loved this story. We lost 3 of our larger ash trees last year due to EAB. Big, beautiful trees are something to be treasured, and many times they tru...

Ohio's rules on fracking and earthquakes are a first
I'm right in the middle of the issue. Like oil independence, but hope there is pre- and current-drilling assurance re dangers from pollution, earthquakes and th...

Bridgestone exec indictments are latest step in a billion-dollar price-fixing case
Why is O.P.E.C Not investigated and charges brought against it and it's member companies? It sounds exactly the same...

Ohio's new drilling rules rely on known earthquake faults
requiring drillers to place seismic monitors when they drill within 3 miles of known fault lines. This comment really upsets me!! What good does an instrument t...

Kasich's gubernatorial ad focuses on his blue-collar roots
John Kasich is the biggest con-man in America. He will say one thing and then do the opposite. He is terribly successful at fooling the public and he is worki...

Cab drivers who refuse to drive Gay Games taxis will be replaced
the irony is that most americans distrust or hate muslims much more than they hate gays!! silly ignorant bigots-GO HOME!!!

Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University