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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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