IKF makes the All-Star team
This seems crazy at first, but hear me out. Isiah Kiner-Falefa is a really nice player. He’s rapidly improving behind the plate and he’s a very reliable hitter. It would not be surprising if he hit .290 in the upcoming campaign.
Sure IKF is a nice player, but is he really All-Star worthy? After all, he’s entering his second season and taking on a whole new defensive challenge.
His stats may not blow people away, and they won’t match those of a typical All-Star representative, but look at his catching competition around the AL.
With Salvador Perez out for the year, there is no clear catcing favorite to make the All-Star team. The backstops that stand out are Gary Sanchez (Yankees), Mike Zunino (Rays), Jonathan Lucroy (Angels) and Welington Castillo (White Sox). Three catchers made the American League All-Star team last year. You’re telling me Kiner-Falefa can’t put forth better numbers than two of the four catchers I just mentioned?
Castillo hit .259 with 6 home runs in 49 games in 2018. Zunino hit .201 with 20 homers last year, Sanchez .186 and 16, and Lucroy .241 and 4. There are of course more than two stats that go into an All-Star selection, but you at least get a feel for the type of seasons those players had.
IKF has a fighting chance. The key will be getting enough starts and ABs behind the plate.