Jordan wrote:I haven't seen him this year, but obviously the numbers are eye popping. I'd like to see him get the bump to Frederick soon and see how he handles competition closer to his age level. He's slow and limited to LF, but if he continues to hit his defense won't be as much of an issue.
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Be happy to Jordan. Kipp has been impressive over the first couple homestands. I like his pitch recognition, as many players at the Low A level simply cannot hit breaking balls, he does a nice job of waiting on the pitch and even laying off the had ones. I couldn't agree with you more on the need to move him to Frederick and must say I was surprised when Bumbry was moved back there after the promotion of Hudson and the injury to Mummey. Kipp has shown some nice pop too, with 14 XBH.
I think his defense is a little stronger than you give him credit for. I have not seen him make too many mistakes, and during the Hagerstown series that ended tonight, he took away a 2 run home run to save a win going over the fence to get it. You can see the difference between a more mature player like Kipp and many of the younger kids that come through this level (othere than exceptional talent like Machado and Bryce Harper). Kipp is one of those players and needs to be challenged in order to see if he can be a real prospect.