2008 (Sophomore): Turned in a stellar debut season in Tempe, earning Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year honors...was named First Team All-Pac-10, First Team All-West Region by the ABCA, Second Team All-America by the ABCA and a Third Team All-American by Baseball America...hit .371 with 14 homers and 73 RBI while starting all 62 games in 2008...banged out 88 hits, including 16 doubles and six triples and finished second in the Pac-10 with 24 stolen bases in 28 attempts...played all three outfield positions and second base...scored 76 runs and slugged .667...had two multi-homer games and hit his first career Grand Slam on February 28 against Michigan, a ball that traveled over the Green Monster at Packard Stadium...played with Seth Blair for the Cotuit Kettleers of the Cape Cod League over the summer, helping them to the Cape Cod League Championship Series.
2007 (Redshirt Freshman): Saw action in 34 games for Kentucky, making 29 starts in the outfield...was named the SEC's Freshman of the Week on February 19...hit .337 with six homers and 27 RBI...stole 11 bases in 12 attempts...also drew 18 walks and was hit by six pitches.
MLB Draft: Selected by the San Diego Padres in the 4th Round (135th Overall) in the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft.
High School: A 2005 graduate of Glenbrook North High School in Northbrook, Illinois...earned three letters in baseball and two in football...was two-time team captain of the baseball team and also football team captain...earned First Team All-State honors as a senior...was the Central Suburban League Most Valuable Player as a senior...twice named his team MVP...was named All-Conference in junior and senior seasons...hit .520 with eight homers and 36 stolen bases as a senior...hit .455 with 11 home runs and 36 RBI as a junior, setting a school record for homers...was an All-Conference wide receiver, setting school records for catches, yards and TDs in a season.
Personal: BIS major...son of Mark and Kay Kipnis of Northbrook, Illinois...has two older brothers, Blair and Todd, and an older sister, Amanda...nickname is Kip...lists Super Bad as his favorite move...says Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher is his favorite athlete...born April 3, 1987 in Northbrook, Illinois.
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