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9 Isiah Kiner-Falefa C

Texas Rangers

Fantasy Stats
Own%Start%
4%2%
Key Stats
ABHRAVGRBIRSB
2021.23821233
Batting Summary
YearTeamGABRHHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2018TEX1113564393434286275.325.357.261
2019TEX652022348121144930.299.322.238

Player Updates

March 8, 2020 09:56 PM
Rangers' Isiah Kiner-Falefa: Adjusts stance
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kiner-Falefa changed his batting stance during the offseason, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.

Instead of an open stance, Kiner-Falefa is now more square to the plate. He feels it puts his legs in better position to drive the ball. "I always felt I could hit, but it was a lot harder to time the ball when I was open," Kiner-Falefa said. "I pretty much had to be perfect. Now when the pitcher comes at me, I can just fire my legs. Now that I am square, I am ready." The improvement has been remarkable. The utility infielder went 2-for-2 with a double, three RBI and a run scored Sunday and is batting .419 (13-for-31) with five extra-base hits, 11 RBI and 10 runs scored over 13 Cactus League appearances.

March 4, 2020 01:24 PM
Rangers' Isiah Kiner-Falefa: Goes yard again
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kiner-Falefa went 2-for-2 with a home run and a walk in Tuesday's spring game against the Giants.

Kiner-Falefa is tearing it up in camp, posting a 1.075 OPS with three home runs and five RBI over a team-leading 22 spring at-bats. He started at third base Tuesday, his fourth start at the hot corner, but he also has starts at second base and shortstop. He's expected to make the Opening Day roster as a utility infielder.

March 2, 2020 07:24 AM
Rangers' Isiah Kiner-Falefa: Hits second spring HR
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kiner-Falefa went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and a second run scored in Sunday's spring game against the Dodgers.

Kiner-Falefa started at shortstop, the fourth time during spring training he's manned that position. He's also played third base three times and second base once. The experiment with him at catcher is on hold for now, so he'll need to make the team as a utility infielder. If shortstop Elvis Andrus' production continues to slide, as it did in 2019, Kiner-Falefa could be in line for regular duty.

September 29, 2019 10:24 AM
Rangers' Isiah Kiner-Falefa: Collects two hits Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kiner-Falefa went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in Saturday's 9-4 win over the Yankees.

Kiner-Falefa started at third base while Nick Solak got the day off. With the third base position wide open entering 2020, Kiner-Falefa will be competing for the job next spring, although Solak's impressive stint since being called up in August gives him a leg up.

September 23, 2019 11:08 PM
Rangers' Isiah Kiner-Falefa: Behind dish Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kiner-Falefa started at catcher and went 0-for-4 in Saturday's 12-3 loss to the Athletics.

With the chances of Jeff Mathis (back) playing again this season dwindling, the Rangers had Kiner-Falefa behind the plate for the first time since June 6. It's surprising to see him catching again. The Rangers arranged their roster to add Tim Federowicz as backup insurance, and the club appeared committed to having Kiner-Falefa focus on his infield work.

August 30, 2019 02:32 PM
Rangers' Isiah Kiner-Falefa: Starts again
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kiner-Falefa started at third base and went 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI in Thursday's 5-3 loss to the Mariners.

Kiner-Falefa has started two straight games since being called up, as manager Chris Woodward and the front office are in full evaluation mode over the final month of the season. Third base is wide open without a clear frontrunner heading into 2020, and Kiner-Falefa will be given an opportunity to earn that role.

August 29, 2019 10:52 PM
Rangers' Isiah Kiner-Falefa: Provides insurance in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kiner-Falefa started at third base and went 1-for-4 with a double and two RBI in Wednesday's 3-0 win over the Angels.

Kiner-Falefa's two-run double in the eighth inning gave the Rangers breathing room. It was his first start since being called up earlier this week and with third base an unsettled spot, he could get regular opportunities over the final month. After IKF has been yo-yo'd between third base and catcher, and the minors and the majors, the Rangers could do him and themselves some good by giving the 24-year-old the regular gig at the hot corner.

August 27, 2019 06:52 PM
Rangers' Isiah Kiner-Falefa: Returns to Rangers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kiner-Falefa was recalled by the Rangers on Tuesday.

Kiner-Falefa will replace Hunter Pence, who landed on the 10-day injured list with a lower-back strain. He'll likely fill a bench role down the stretch.

August 21, 2019 06:12 PM
Rangers' Isiah Kiner-Falefa: Shipped to minors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kiner-Falefa was optioned to Double-A Frisco on Wednesday.

Kiner-Falefa will head to Triple-A Nashville after playing with Frisco on Wednesday. The utility man has struggled since returning from the minors at the beginning of August, slashing .225/.289/.275 with zero home runs and one stolen base in 13 games. Locke St. John was recalled from Triple-A in a corresponding move, while Logan Forsythe is a candidate to see time at the hot corner in place of Kiner-Falefa, who figures to rejoin the Rangers once rosters expand in September.

August 21, 2019 04:48 PM
Rangers' Isiah Kiner-Falefa: Retreats to bench
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kiner-Falefa is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Angels.

Kiner-Falefa will head to the bench for the fourth time in five games as Logan Forsythe picks up another start at the hot corner in his place. Over his past 10 appearances, Kiner-Falefa is slashing .241/.324/.276 with one extra-base hit (a double) and a stolen base.

August 20, 2019 06:32 PM
Rangers' Isiah Kiner-Falefa: Sitting for nightcap
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kiner-Falefa isn't in the starting lineup for Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Angels, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Kiner-Falefa went 0-for-3 in the first half of the twin bill. Logan Forsythe draws the start at third base and is set to bat sixth with Kiner-Falefa riding the pine.

August 19, 2019 04:40 PM
Rangers' Isiah Kiner-Falefa: Sitting again Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kiner-Falefa is not starting Monday against the Angels, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Kiner-Falefa will sit for a second straight game with another left-hander in Dillon Peters starting for the opposition. Danny Santana is manning the hot corner in this one, with Scott Heineman starting at first base.

August 18, 2019 02:40 PM
Rangers' Isiah Kiner-Falefa: Cedes third base to Forsythe
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kiner-Falefa is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Twins.

Logan Forsythe will settle in at third base while Kiner-Falefa takes a seat after back-to-back starts. Since receiving a callup from Triple-A Nashville earlier this month, Kiner-Falefa has hit .242 with no home runs, a stolen base, three runs and two RBI in 11 games.

August 16, 2019 11:28 PM
Rangers' Isiah Kiner-Falefa: Not starting Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kiner-Falefa is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Twins.

In his nine games since being recalled from Triple-A Nashville at the end of July, the 24-year-old carries an on-base percentage of .300 but will ride the bench Thursday. Logan Forsythe will start at third base, batting eighth.

August 13, 2019 03:56 PM
Rangers' Isiah Kiner-Falefa: Resting Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kiner-Falefa isn't in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Blue Jays.

Since being recalled from Triple-A Nashville at the end of July, Kiner-Falefa is hitting .217 with an RBI and three strikeouts over eight contests. He'll head to the bench for the second matchup of the series, opening the door for Logan Forsythe to draw the start at the hot corner and bat seventh.

August 12, 2019 08:16 AM
Rangers' Isiah Kiner-Falefa: Drives in lone run
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kiner-Falefa went 1-for-3 with an RBI in Sunday's 1-0 win over Milwaukee.

Kiner-Falefa's seventh-inning sacrifice fly knocked in the lone run, giving Mike Minor his 11th win. The RBI was Kiner-Falefa's first since in seven games since being activated off the injured list. The infielder missed nearly two months with a finger injury, which may explain his .211 average (4-for-19) since returning.

August 9, 2019 04:32 PM
Rangers' Isiah Kiner-Falefa: Not in Friday's lineup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kiner-Falefa is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Brewers.

Kiner-Falefa was recalled from Triple-A Nashville at the start of August to take over at third base for the Rangers, and he's now started four of seven games since returning to the majors. The 24-year-old is 3-for-13 with a double and a run scored since the promotion, while Logan Forsythe starts at the hot corner Friday.

August 7, 2019 08:40 PM
Rangers' Isiah Kiner-Falefa: Resting for front end of twin bill
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kiner-Falefa is out of the lineup for the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader with the Indians.

Since being recalled from Triple-A Nashville, Kiner-Falefa has started three of the Rangers' four games at third base, going 2-for-11 with a double and a run. Though Logan Forsythe will get the nod at the hot corner for the afternoon game, Kiner-Falefa is expected to re-enter the lineup for the second contest and should continue to see most of the action at the hot corner moving forward now that Asdrubal Cabrera has been expunged from the 40-man roster.

August 6, 2019 04:12 PM
Rangers' Isiah Kiner-Falefa: Not starting Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kiner-Falefa is not in the lineup Tuesday against Cleveland.

Kiner-Falefa had started three of the last four games at third base, going 2-for-11 at the plate. Logan Forsythe will handle the hot corner in his absence.

August 4, 2019 02:56 PM
Rangers' Isiah Kiner-Falefa: Heads to bench Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kiner-Falefa is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Tigers.

Kiner-Falefa will cede third-base duties to Logan Forsythe as the Rangers look to secure a series sweep. With the Rangers recently cutting ties with Asdrubal Cabrera, Kiner-Falefa looks on track to act as the team's primary option at the hot corner the rest of the way. The playing time Kiner-Falefa will receive makes him worthy of at least a speculative pickup in AL-only formats, but he'll need to provide more categorical juice before drawing interest in shallower leagues.

Situational Stats
SituationABHHROBPSLGAVG
vs New York630 .571 .500 .500
vs Green (Career)100000
vs RHP135341 .320 .341 .252
Last 7 Games
  OPP AB R H HR RBI BB SB
9/10TB4000000
9/12TB4010000
9/15OAK4000000
9/21@OAK4000000
9/24BOS5130000
9/26BOS4110001
9/28NYY4120100
Fantasy Points by Week
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Batting Stats
YearTeamGABRHHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2018TEX1113564393434286275 .325 .357 .261
2019TEX652022348121144930 .299 .322 .238
2020TEX0000000000 --- --- ---
Total 1765586614155542111105 .315 .344 .253
Fielding Stats
YearTeamPosnGGSTCPOAEDPFLD%
2018TEX2B2019954053215 .979
2018TEX3B4638126239858 .960
2018TEXSS22136613 .923
2018TEXC35352432271512 .996
2019TEX3B252373185325 .973
2019TEXC38312552431110 .996
Total  1651488055572361233 .985
More Batting Stats
YearTeam2B3BTBSFSHHBPIBBGDP
2018TEX182127156114
2019TEX1216511409
2020TEX00000000
Total 3031922610123
Minor League Batting Stats
YearTeamGABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2013R-Azl Rangers411493648500111524123 .388 .356 .322
2014R-Azl Rangers28120000----01 .250 .250 .250
2014ASX-Spokane Indians58223275882016193424 .329 .314 .260
2014AFX-Hickory Crawdads1962812000061210 .275 .194 .194
2015AFX-Hickory Crawdads38125163461013142273 .354 .336 .272
2015AFA-High Desert Maverick6023338726102792843 .357 .343 .309
2016R-AZL Rangers310210001--110 .182 .100 .100
2016AA-Frisco1084025510382027415166 .341 .286 .256
2017AA-Frisco RoughRiders129513581483135484172176 .350 .390 .288
Total 458172524147864951431452445026 .339 .333 .277
 

Player Info

Height/Weight:
5-10/176
Birthdate:
3/23/1995
Age:
25
Hometown:
Honolulu, HI
Bats/Throws:
R/R
Team:
Texas Rangers
College:

MLB Experience:
2