Isiah Kiner-Falefa

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Isiah Kiner-Falefa
(Hawaiian Hustle)

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Biographical Information[edit]

Isiah Kiner-Falefa made his major league debut for the Texas Rangers early in the 2018 season, filling in at second base for an injured Rougned Odor. On June 20th, he started his first game as a catcher and formed one half of the first hyphenated battery in major league history when he caught Austin Bibens-Dirkx, who started the game on the mound.

In 2020, he became the starter at third base and was a surprise winner of the Gold Glove Award for his defensive work at the hot corner. He had originally been drafted as a shortstop and was also used at second and third base in the minors, before the Rangers decided to have him work behind the plate as well, increasing his value to the organization. However, his development as a stand-out defensive player changed their plans and following the 2020 season, they announced that he was being penciled in as the team's starting shortstop for 2021, replacing long-time incumbent Elvis Andrus. He had started 15 games at the position in 2020. Of course, the combination of SS/C was a very rare one at the major league level, with Kyle Farmer the only other active player to have as many as 10 games at both positions. Historically, a few names like Dave Cochrane, Jamie Quirk, Bobby Bragan and Moe Berg fit the criteria. He was not expected to do any more catching moving forward, except in emergencies, however.

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Further Reading[edit]

  • Andrew Simon: "C to SS? Why this rare move could work", mlb.com, December 1, 2020. [1]

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