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Lee, Kipnis Tribe award winners

By Sheldon Published: November 30, 2011

   The Indians annually select a minor-league pitcher and minor-league position player as the top performers in their farm system.

They announced today that Chen-Chang Lee has been named winner of the Bob Feller Award as the top pitcher in the farm system, and that Jason Kipnis has been selected for  the second year in a row as the top position player and winner of the Lou Boudreau Award.

Kipnis spent most of the second half with the Tribe, batting .272 with 192 homers and 19 RBI in 36 games, finishing the season as the everyday second baseman. Before being summoned to Cleveland July 22, Kipnis batted .280 with 12 homers and 55 RBI at Columbus.

Lee posted a combined record of 6-1 with one save and a 2.40 earned-run average in 44 bullpen appearances at Akron and Columbus.  With a fastball in the mid-90s, the 25-year-old averaged 12.5 strikeouts per nine innings and limited opposing batters to a .210 batting average.

He is expected to compete for a job in Tribe bullpen during spring training. Lee was signed in 2008 and pitched for both the Taiwanese Olympic Team and the Taiwan National Team.


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