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Rangers take Kiner-Falefa in fourth round

Rangers take Kiner-Falefa in fourth round

The Rangers selected prep shortstop Isaiah Kiner-Falefa with the 130th overall selection in the fourth round.

Kiner-Falefa, who went to Mid-Pacific Institute in Hawaii, is listed at 5-foot-10 and 165 pounds, and he's committed to playing for San Jose State. He was a First-Team All-Interscholastic League of Honolulu selection and batted .333 in 2012. He helped Mid-Pacific win the Division I state title this season.


Kiner-Falefa is the second shortstop selection for the Rangers, whose first five picks have been shortstops and pitchers.

Master Tesfatsion is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.