Yes. Of course he is. That’s a silly question.
A very reasonable case can be made that’s in the top three, but at worst he’s in the top five.
Unless you follow Harold Reynolds logic…
Kipnis posted this on Instagram on Friday morning, apparently while watching the MLB Network during his workout.
Reynolds doesn’t exactly have a great reputation. His analysis is incredibly lazy and he spouts off the first thing that comes to his mind, but the fact that this graphic aired is still shocking.
I used to work as a researcher at ESPN. One of our roles would have been to build a graphic like this and, in the case of some less-informed analysis, help them come up with the list.
If an analyst like Reynolds gave this list to me as the researcher, I would feel obligated to double check that Kipnis was intentionally omitted. I mean, he couldn’t possibly believe that guys like Brandon Phillips and Rougned Odor are better than Kipnis, right?
So maybe… maybe… this omission is partially on the researcher and/or producer who failed to help the notoriously clueless Reynolds with his list.
For what it’s worth, MLB’s far-more-in-touch-with-reality analyst Ken Rosenthal listed Kipnis at No. 1.