July 23, 2014

Indians’ Kipnis, Santana garner AL MVP recognition

Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis and catcher Carlos Santana each earned American League Most Valuable Player recognition, coming in 11th and 16th, respectively.

Kipnis totaled 31 points in the voting, bringing home one fifth-place vote (Chicago Tribune’s Phil Rodgers), one sixth-place vote, three eighth- and ninth-place votes, and five 10th-place votes. The 24-year old set career-high marks in batting average (.284), on-base percentage (.366), and slugging percentage (.452). He was second on the team in OPS (.818), amassed a team-leading 30 stolen bases, drove in 84 runs, and made his first appearance as an All-Star. Per Baseball-Reference, Kipnis was worth 5.9 wins.

Santana received one eight-place vote (Orange County Register’s Jeff Fletcher). He led the Indians in OPS (.832), was second in home runs (20) and runs batted in (74), and led the team in walks by a wide margin (93). Baseball-Reference lists Santana as having the second-best WAR on the team, worth 4.4 wins.

Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera won the award for the second consecutive season. Both Cleveland voters (Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain Dealer and Akron Beacon-Journal’s Sheldon Ocker) gave Kipnis 10th-place votes.

[Related: 2013 Cleveland Indians Power Rankings]