Isiah Kiner-Falefa
24-Year-Old CatcherC
10-Day IL
Injury Finger
Est. Return 6/17/2019
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Kiner-Falefa got the call to Texas as an injury replacement in mid-April and surprisingly stuck around for the remainder of the season. His approach survived the transition to the major leagues, as the 23-year-old took walks at close to an average clip while putting bat to ball with good consistency (15.7% strikeout rate). Unfortunately, he didn't drive the ball with much authority when he made contact -- 29.3% hard-hit rate, .096 ISO. He hit the ball into the ground a lot (51.2%) and that combined with only modest speed resulted in 14 GDPs in 396 plate appearances. After Elvis Andrus returned from injury, the Rangers chose to transition Kiner-Falefa to a catching role rather than send him back to the minors, which was surprising given his limited experience behind the plate in the minors. It spoke to how highly the team thinks of Kiner-Falefa. That said, he's not a starting-caliber player in real life, and is an unexciting second catcher in 15-team leagues. Read Past Outlooks
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Lands on injured list
CTexas Rangers
Finger
June 7, 2019
Kiner-Falefa (finger) was placed on the 10-day injured list Friday with a sprained ligament in his right middle finger.
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Kiner-Falefa's finger was originally reported as just jammed after he left Thursday's game with the injury, but the problem is apparently serious enough to warrant an IL stint. Jeff Mathis will be the Rangers' primary catcher in his absence, with Tim Federowicz coming over in a trade from Cleveland to fill a backup role.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#2
#3
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#5
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11
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
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#4
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+24%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+4%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+29%
OPS vs LHP
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .777 164 21 1 19 0 .276 .356 .421
Since 2017vs Right .627 353 37 4 28 8 .245 .305 .323
2019vs Left .670 31 4 0 5 0 .222 .300 .370
2019vs Right .644 90 11 1 8 1 .235 .311 .333
2018vs Left .801 133 17 1 14 0 .288 .368 .432
2018vs Right .622 263 26 3 20 7 .248 .302 .319
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+8%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+32%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+2%
OPS on Road
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .649 250 31 0 31 7 .258 .317 .332
Since 2017Away .699 267 27 5 16 1 .251 .324 .374
2019Home .562 59 8 0 9 1 .218 .271 .291
2019Away .740 62 7 1 4 0 .245 .344 .396
2018Home .676 191 23 0 22 6 .270 .332 .345
2018Away .687 205 20 4 12 1 .253 .318 .368
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Isiah Kiner-Falefa compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against this season's data (min 100 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.30
 
BB Rate
8.3%
 
K Rate
27.3%
 
BABIP
.324
 
ISO
.111
 
AVG
.231
 
OBP
.308
 
SLG
.343
 
OPS
.651
 
wOBA
.293
 
Exit Velocity
85.6 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
30.3%
 
Barrels/PA
1.7%
 
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
Injuries have opened the door for Kiner-Falefa, a fourth-round pick out of Mid Pacific Institute High School in 2013. He is expected to play regularly at second base while Rougned Odor is out with a hamstring injury, but Kiner-Falefa has not displayed mixed-league-worthy skills in the minor leagues. The 23-year-old's batting eye is respectable -- he had a 7.2 percent walk rate and 12.6 percent strikeout rate in 570 plate appearances at the Double-A level in 2017 -- but there is a total absence of power with Kiner-Falefa. His career-high ISO on the farm is .101, a number buoyed by the favorable conditions in Frisco (the most hitter-friendly park in the Texas League). He had just a .368 SLG on the road that year and his ISO has not exceeded .064 at any other stop. Further, while Kiner-Falefa ran some last season, totaling 17 stolen bases, he hasn't been efficient as a base stealer in the minors (51-for-77) and he will likely be stuck at the bottom of the order when he's playing for Texas.
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Could end up on injured list
CTexas Rangers
Finger
June 6, 2019
Kiner-Falefa may require a trip to the injured list after leaving Thursday night's contest against Baltimore with a jammed finger on his right hand, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
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Departs with jammed finger
CTexas Rangers
Finger
June 6, 2019
Kiner-Falefa left Thursday's game against the Orioles due to a jammed right middle finger, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports.
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Out again Thursday
CTexas Rangers
May 30, 2019
Kiner-Falefa is not in the lineup Thursday against the Royals.
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Sitting out Wednesday
CTexas Rangers
May 29, 2019
Kiner-Falefa is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Mariners, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
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On bench Monday
CTexas Rangers
May 27, 2019
Kiner-Falefa is not in the lineup Monday against the Mariners.
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