Isiah Kiner-Falefa
SS/3B TEX
Tue 7/21/20 9:23 PM

Kiner-Falefa is expected to open the season as the Rangers' starting third baseman, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
EDGE Analysis
The 25-year-old hit .378 with four homers in spring training and .295 with two homers in summer training, prompting manager Chris Woodward to provide him with the starting opportunity. The previous expected starter at third base, Todd Frazier, will move across the diamond and see most of the playing time at first base.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa
SS/3B TEX
Wed 7/15/20 3:37 PM

Manager Chris Woodward said Kiner-Falefa has the "edge" in the competition for a starting corner-infield spot, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports. "He's been our best guy, honestly," Woodward noted.
EDGE Analysis
Kiner-Falefa's impressive spring has vaulted him ahead of Greg Bird and Ronald Guzman in the battle for a spot in the Rangers' starting infield. Should the 25-year-old lock up his place in the starting lineup, Todd Frazier would shift to first base while Kiner-Falefa steps in at third.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa
SS/3B TEX
Wed 7/8/20 11:36 PM

Kiner-Falefa has six hits in 11 at-bats over five intra-squad games in summer camp, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
EDGE Analysis
Kiner-Falefa, who was the hottest-hitting Ranger during spring training, picked up this summer where he left off before the season was suspended in March. The Rangers are looking at the corner infield spots, which are not set with two weeks before Opening Day, and Kiner-Falefa's bat puts him in the mix at third base. If that happens, manager Chris Woodward could move Todd Frazier to first base where neither Ronald Guzman nor Greg Bird are seizing that position.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa
SS/3B TEX
Thu 7/2/20 11:42 PM

Kiner-Falefa's productive spring has the Rangers considering him as the starting third baseman, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
EDGE Analysis
Todd Frazier was the presumptive starter at the hot corner when he signed with Texas, but Kiner-Falefa put a charge into the ball during spring training, going 14-for-37 (.378) with four home runs and 11 RBI over 15 games. If the team is confident the changes Kiner-Falefa made to his stance result in improved production going forward, then manager Chris Woodward can move Frazier to first base and scrap the competition between Ronald Guzman and Greg Bird.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa
SS/3B TEX
Sun 3/8/20 9:52 PM

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

Isiah Kiner-Falefa
SS/3B TEX
Wed 3/4/20 8:04 AM

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

Isiah Kiner-Falefa
SS/3B TEX
Mon 3/2/20 7:04 AM

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

Isiah Kiner-Falefa
SS/3B TEX
Sun 9/29/19 10:19 AM

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

Isiah Kiner-Falefa
SS/3B TEX
Sun 9/22/19 9:31 AM

Kiner-Falefa started at catcher and went 0-for-4 in Saturday's 12-3 loss to the Athletics.
EDGE Analysis
With the chances of Jeff Mathis (back) playing again this season, 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.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa
SS/3B TEX
Fri 8/30/19 5:25 AM

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.
EDGE Analysis
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.