Isiah Kiner-Falefa
SS/3B TEX
Fri 1/15/21 3:07 PM

Kiner-Falefa avoided arbitration Friday by signing a one-year, $2 million deal with the Rangers, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

Kiner-Falefa moved out from behind the plate 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.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa
SS/3B TEX
Tue 12/1/20 2:59 PM

Kiner-Falefa will be the Rangers' starting shortstop in 2021, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.

EDGE Analysis

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.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa
SS/3B TEX
Wed 9/23/20 10:42 PM

Kiner-Falefa went 1-for-4 with a two-RBI triple during the Rangers' 7-3 loss to the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

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.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa
SS/3B TEX
Tue 9/22/20 7:24 AM

Kiner-Falefa went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Monday's 8-5 loss to the Angels.

EDGE Analysis

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.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa
SS/3B TEX
Mon 9/21/20 1:40 PM

Kiner-Falefa went 1-for-5 with a run scored Sunday in the Rangers' 7-2 win over the Angels.

EDGE Analysis

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.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa
SS/3B TEX
Thu 9/10/20 12:02 AM

Kiner-Falefa went 4-for-4 with two runs scored, a double and a stolen base Wednesday against the Angels.

EDGE Analysis

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.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa
SS/3B TEX
Tue 9/8/20 8:48 AM

Kiner-Falefa went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in Monday's 8-4 loss to Seattle.

EDGE Analysis

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.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa
SS/3B TEX
Mon 9/7/20 3:12 PM

Kiner-Falefa went 2-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base Sunday in the Rangers' 4-3 loss to the Mariners.

EDGE Analysis

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.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa
SS/3B TEX
Wed 9/2/20 11:11 PM

Kiner-Falefa went 1-for-4 with a solo home run during Wednesday's loss to the Astros.

EDGE Analysis

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).

Isiah Kiner-Falefa
SS/3B TEX
Wed 9/2/20 1:43 AM

Kiner-Falefa went 3-for-5 with a pair of runs in a victory over the Astros on Tuesday.

EDGE Analysis

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 The 25-year-old is slashing .286/.344/.375 on the season.