Feb 19, 2013; Goodyear, AZ, USA; Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis (22) poses for a picture during photo day at the Indians Spring Training Facility. Image Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Jason Kipnis, Former UK Baseball player, in All-Star Game tonight

Jason Kipnis, who briefly played for the University of Kentucky Wildcats baseball team, will be playing in tonight’s All-Star Game at Citi Field in New York.

Kipnis was at Kentucky for two seasons. He redshirted the 2006 season and played during the 2007 season. Following the 2007 season, he transferred to Arizona State.

Kipnis explained in an interview with Muscle Prodigy as to why he transferred.

Kentucky was a great school and I made some great friendships there with some teammates. However, after attending there for two years, it just didn’t seem to be the right fit for me anymore. I was looking for something different in my college career and I just felt it was time to leave and look to play elsewhere. It doesn’t happen too often, but I was extremely fortunate to transfer to Arizona State being what their reputation is in college baseball.

Kipnis was drafted in the fourth round of the 2008 MLB Draft by the San Diego Padres but opted to return to Arizona State for his third year of eligibility. Following the 2009 season, the then-outfielder was named by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA), Baseball America, and Collegiate Baseball as the PAC-10 Conference Player of the Year.

Kipnis made his Major League debut on July 22, 2011, and on August 3, 2011, he joined 1953 AL MVP Al Rosen as the only other Indians rookie second baseman to have hit a home run in four consecutive games.

Kipnis was previously selected to represent Team USA in the 2011 All-Star Futures Game. He led off the bottom of the first with a solo home run. A few days later, he was playing in the AAA All-Star Game.

The All-Star Game airs on FOX at 8 PM with the pre-game show starting at 7:30 PM.

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