Kiner-Falefa avoided arbitration Friday by signing a one-year, $2 million deal with the Rangers, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports.
Kiner-Falefa moved out from behind the plate seemingly permanently in 2020, spending all his time at third base and shortstop. His .280/.329/.370 slash line was poor for the hot corner but decent enough at short, where he's expected to spend the majority of his time this season.
Kiner-Falefa will be the Rangers' starting shortstop in 2021, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
This is both a symbolic move and a baseball move, as Elvis Andrus (back) had been the team's starting shortstop for over a decade, and the Rangers are looking to usher in a new era. Kiner-Falefa is a great defender, but he hit a modest .280/.329/.370 with three home runs and eight steals in 58 games. That type of production is a better fit at shortstop than third base. This move also clears the way at third base for highly touted prospect Josh Jung, who could debut in 2021. Andrus will move to a bench role going forward.
Kiner-Falefa went 1-for-4 with a two-RBI triple during the Rangers' 7-3 loss to the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.
Kiner-Falefa was one of just three Rangers with an extra-base hit. Still hitting .289 for the season, the 25-year-old finds himself in a 4-for-27 slump.
Kiner-Falefa went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Monday's 8-5 loss to the Angels.
Kiner-Falefa ended a hitless streak Sunday and followed up Monday with his first extra-base hit in 12 games. The underlying Statcast metrics indicate he's an improved hitter relative to 2019, but Kiner-Falefa has out-performed his expected results in 2020. While there's reason to be more sanguine on Kiner-Falefa as a hitter, his batting profile may play better at shortstop than at third base.
Kiner-Falefa went 1-for-5 with a run scored Sunday in the Rangers' 7-2 win over the Angels.
Kiner-Falefa's seventh-inning single ended an 0-for-18 skid for the 25-year-old, whose batting average now sits at .290 on the campaign. With only two home runs in 200 plate appearances, Kiner-Falefa's average has been fairly empty, but he's still been a source of profit for fantasy managers thanks to his eight stolen bases along with the fact that he retains eligibility at catcher in most leagues. He'll man the hot corner and bat third Monday in the series finale with the Angels.
Kiner-Falefa went 4-for-4 with two runs scored, a double and a stolen base Wednesday against the Angels.
Kiner-Falefa extended his hitting streak to 12 games in impressive fashion, reaching base each time he came to the plate. In addition, he swiped his eighth bag of the season. His current hot stretch at the dish has increased his line to .322/.368/.420 across 155 plate appearances to this point in the campaign, and he's also chipped in 21 runs scored and seven RBI.
Kiner-Falefa went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in Monday's 8-4 loss to Seattle.
Kiner-Falefa, who is thriving in the second spot in the batting order, has hit safely in 10 straight contests. He's 16-for-40 with seven runs scored and a .904 OPS during the streak.
Kiner-Falefa went 2-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base Sunday in the Rangers' 4-3 loss to the Mariners.
Kiner-Falefa has found a home as the No. 2 hitter in the Rangers' lineup. He's occupied that spot in the batting order for each of the team's first six games of September, going 10-for-25 with a solo home run, two additional runs and a stolen base. Kiner-Falefa will draw another start in Monday's series finale, once again batting second while manning third base.
Kiner-Falefa went 1-for-4 with a solo home run during Wednesday's loss to the Astros.
Kiner-Falefa got the Rangers on the board with a solo homer off Cristian Javier in the fourth inning. It was the second long ball of the year for the 25-year-old, who leads Texas in batting average (.284), on-base percentage (.341) and hits (33).
Kiner-Falefa went 3-for-5 with a pair of runs in a victory over the Astros on Tuesday.
Kiner-Falefa extended his hitting streak to four games with the performance, though each of his seven base knocks in that stretch have been singles. The 25-year-old is slashing .286/.344/.375 on the season.
Kiner-Falefa went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Monday's 3-2 win over the Athletics.
Kiner-Falefa gave Texas a lead it wouldn't relinquish when he took Jesus Luzardo deep for an opposite-field long ball in the second inning. It was the utility man's first homer on the season after he hit just five round trippers across his first two seasons in the majors.
Kiner-Falefa started at shortstop and went 0-for-3 with a walk in Tuesday's 6-4 loss to the Padres.
Kiner-Falefa, the Rangers' primary starter at third base, is being asked to cover shortstop while Elvis Andrus (back) is unavailable. After running a hot bat over the first 15 games, Kiner-Falefa's run into a cold spell. He has one hit in his previous 15 at-bats.
Kiner-Falefa is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rockies.
He'll be getting his first day off since July 26, allowing Todd Frazier to pick up a start at the hot corner. Not only has Kiner-Falefa solidified himself as the Rangers' everyday third baseman, but his .290/.343/.387 slash line -- while not outstanding -- has been good enough for him to displace Elvis Andrus as the team's primary No. 2 hitter for the past week. While Kiner-Falefa should continue to provide a decent batting average even once his inflated .367 BABIP normalizes, the bulk of his fantasy value comes from his wheels. He's gone 5-for-6 in stolen-base opportunities so far this season.
Kiner-Falefa went 1-for-5 with a stolen base in Saturday's 6-4 win over the Rockies.
Kiner-Falefa got aboard with a single in the third inning and then executed a double-steal with Shin-Soo Choo. The 25-year-old Kiner-Falefa now has five steals in six attempts this season. He's hitting .290 with no homers, two RBI and nine runs scored in 17 games.
Kiner-Falefa went 2-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored in Friday's 4-3 win over the Angels.
Kiner-Falefa scored the tying run in the fourth inning on a throwing error by Angels pitcher Griffin Canning. He also got aboard with a single in the sixth, then recorded his fourth stolen base of the year. Kiner-Falefa has hit safely in five straight games, going 9-for-18 with two steals and four runs scored in that span. For the year, he's hitting .353 with an RBI, six runs scored and two triples. The hot hitting is making a case for the 25-year-old to hit higher in the order.
Kiner-Falefa went 3-for-4 with a triple and two runs scored in Thursday's 6-4 loss to the Athletics.
Kiner-Falefa is one of the few bats in the Rangers' lineup hitting with regularity. He leads the team's starters with a .333 average. While he's driven in just one run, Kiner-Falefa is making an impact on the bases with three steals and five runs scored.
Kiner-Falefa went 1-for-4 with an RBI single and a stolen base in Wednesday's 6-4 loss to the Athletics.
Kiner-Falefa knocked in Robinson Chirinos with an infield single in the fourth inning, then stole second with two outs, but the 25-year-old couldn't come around to score. Kiner-Falefa has seen regular time at third base recently. He's hitting .269 with three steals, one RBI and three runs scored in eight games this season.
Kiner-Falefa went 1-for-3 with two runs scored, two stolen bases and a walk during Wednesday's 7-4 win over the Diamondbacks.
The 25-year-old missed two games with the hamstring injury to start the week, but he showed no signs of the injury with the two steals Wednesday. Kiner-Falefa is 2-for-8 with a triple, two runs, two stolen bases and two walks through three games.
Kiner-Falefa went 0-for-3 and left two men on base in Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the Diamondbacks.
Kiner-Falefa, who had missed two games with a hamstring injury, returned to the lineup Tuesday. His return moved Todd Frazier back to first base, where he started the first game of the season.
Kiner-Falefa (hamstring) will bat ninth and play third base Tuesday against Arizona.
Kiner-Falefa was the team's Opening Day third baseman but missed the last two games with hamstring tightness. He returns as expected Tuesday, pushing Todd Frazier back to first base.
|Last 7 Games|
|09/27||vs HOU||W 8-4||3||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|09/26||vs HOU||W 6-1||4||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|09/25||vs HOU||W 5-4||4||1||2||0||0||1||0|
|09/24||vs HOU||L 4-12||3||1||0||0||0||1||0|
|09/23||@ ARI||L 3-7||4||0||1||0||2||0||0|
|09/22||@ ARI||L 0-7||3||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|09/21||@ LAA||L 5-8||4||1||2||1||1||0||0|
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|Minor League Batting Stats|
|2015||AFA-High Desert Maverick||60||233||38||72||6||1||0||27||9||28||4||3||.309||.357||.343|
|2018||AAA-Round Rock Express||5||15||2||3||0||0||0||1||3||3||1||0||.200||.333||.200|