Isiah Kiner-Falefa
23-Year-Old CatcherC
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 transitioned 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 he's merely a desperation play in two-catcher leagues. Read Past Outlooks
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Maintaining average as catcher
CTexas Rangers
August 26, 2018
Kiner-Falefa made his 23rd start at catcher Sunday and went 1-for-3 win a 3-1 loss to the Giants.
ANALYSIS
Kiner-Falefa has managed to keep his average up despite adding the burden of catching chores, like learning hitters, calling games, and blocking pitches. He's hitting .280 (26-for-93) since moving behind the plate.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+29%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+29%
OPS vs LHP
2017
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2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .801 133 17 1 14 0 .288 .368 .432
Since 2016vs Right .622 263 26 3 20 7 .248 .302 .319
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
2016vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+2%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+2%
OPS on Road
2017
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2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .676 191 23 0 22 6 .270 .332 .345
Since 2016Away .687 205 20 4 12 1 .253 .318 .368
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
2016Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Away 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.
BB/K
0.45
 
BB Rate
7.1%
 
K Rate
15.7%
 
BABIP
.306
 
ISO
.096
 
AVG
.261
 
OBP
.325
 
SLG
.357
 
OPS
.682
 
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Isiah Kiner-Falefa
The Z Files: Early Player Pool Observations
October 18th
Todd Zola offers his early thoughts on the shape of the 2019 player pool and suggests that J.T. Realmuto may be the only catcher left worth an early-round investment.
Yahoo DFS Baseball: Saturday Picks
September 22nd
In addition to offering up a couple value pitchers, Adam Zdroik touts a couple A's bats to do well against the Twins' Chase De Jong.
AL FAAB Factor: Waiver Pickups of the Week
August 26th
Erik Siegrist reviews the AL free-agent pool with September callups looming and thinks Michael Kopech can make a big impact down the stretch.
The Z Files: Prepping For the Stretch Run, Part Three
August 25th
Todd Zola provides some information you may not have considered to help with crucial roster decisions and notes that Aaron Hicks and the Yankees have the busiest remaining schedule in the league.
Yahoo DFS Baseball: Monday Picks
August 6th
Adam Zdroik recommends using Astros righty Charlie Morton on Monday in San Francisco.
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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Has four-game, multi-hit streak
CTexas Rangers
August 9, 2018
Kiner-Falefa went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three runs scored in Wednesday's 11-7 win over the Mariners. It was his fourth straight multi-hit game.
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Homers in back-to-back games
CTexas Rangers
July 29, 2018
Kiner-Falefa went 2-for-5 with a solo home run in Saturday's 7-3 win over the Astros.
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Triple short of cycle against Astros
CTexas Rangers
July 28, 2018
Kiner-Falefa went 4-for-5 with a double, a home run and two RBI in Friday's 11-2 win over the Astros.
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Will stay in majors
CTexas Rangers
July 15, 2018
Kiner-Falefa will remain with the Rangers as the backup catcher and utility infielder, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.
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Starts at third base Monday
CTexas Rangers
July 10, 2018
Kiner-Falefa started at third base and went 0-for-3 with a walk in Monday's 5-0 loss to the Red Sox.
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