A pair of Aeros were tabbed as the Indians best minor league players from last season as 2B Jason Kipnis was named the Tribe's Lou Boudreau Award winner as the top minor league position player in the Indians player development system and RHP Alex White was honored as the Bob Feller Award winner as the organization’s top minor league pitcher.
In just his first full professional season, Kipnis, 23, hit a combined .307 with 96 runs scored, 32 doubles, eight triples, 16 home runs and 74 RBI in 133 games between high Class-A Kinston and Double-A Akron in 2010. Following the completion of the Aeros
season, Kipnis joined the Triple-A Columbus Clippers for their playoff run and batted an additional .455 (10-for-22) with nine runs scored, three doubles, two triples, two home runs and three RBI in five games as the Clippers claimed International League and Triple-A Champion titles.
Kipnis led the entire Indians minor league system in hits (159) and runs scored (96) and was tied for third in triples (eight), fourth in doubles (32) and tied for fifth in homers (16) and RBI (74).
Following the season he was named the ninth-best prospect in the Eastern League by Baseball America. A second-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 first-round selection (15th overall) in the 2009 draft, was a combined 10-10 with a 2.45 ERA in 26 games (25 starts) between Kinston and Akron. He struck out 117 batters while limiting opponents to a .220 batting average against.
On the season, White led the Indians farm system in innings pitched (150 2/3), was second in ERA (2.45), tied for fourth in wins (10) and was sixth in strikeouts (117).
He began the year at Kinston going 2-3 with a 2.86 ERA over eight starts before being promoted to Akron at the end of May. With the Aeros he posted a record of 8-7 with a 2.28 ERA in 18 games (17 starts) His 2.28 ERA would have led the Eastern
League if he had enough innings. Following the season, White was ranked by Baseball America as the 8th best prospect in the Eastern League.