Texas Rangers: Handing Out the Mid-Season Awards
By Kenneth Nash
Breakout Player: Isiah Kiner-Falefa
This is probably the least surprising winner because almost nobody knew who he was when the Rangers promoted him back in April. Since his call-up though, he’s been talked about as one of the top talents in the Rangers system. He’s played so well, many fans have called for him to replace any number of current starters.
Kiner-Falefa wasn’t a highly regarded prospect in the Rangers organization when he was asked to fill in for an injury decimated team. But when he got to Arlington, he showed what long-term, patient development can do for a player. IKF has been one of the top hitters in Texas’ order this season hitting .251 through 68 games. He may very well find himself as the future catcher for the Texas Rangers if he can shore up his defense but regardless, he’ll find playing time in Texas for as long as he’s here.