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Isiah Kiner-Falefa being tried out at catcher

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The Rangers are experimenting with infielder Isiah Kiner-Falefa behind the plate this spring

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Isiah Kiner-Falefa, the Texas Rangers' fourth round draft pick in 2013, has played mostly the middle infield as a professional...however, Evan Grant writes that the Rangers are having him work out as catcher, as well, this spring.

We had talked before about Josh Morgan, the shortstop the Rangers took in the 3rd round in 2014, getting a look behind the plate, but this is the first I've heard about Kiner-Falefa putting on the tools of ignorance.  Kiner-Falefa is small for a catcher -- he's listed at 5'10", 165 lbs. -- but if he can prove serviceable behind the plate, it would be a boost to his stock.

Kiner-Falefa split the 2015 season between low-A Hickory and high-A High Desert.  Like Morgan, he's seen as having good bat-to-ball skills but limited power potential, although Morgan's hit tool and approach are both significantly better than Kiner-Falefa's.

Grant says that the Rangers will continue to work both players in the infield and behind the plate this spring, and then evaluate whether to continue the experiment.