New York Yankees Isiah Kiner-Falefa seems prepared to lose the battle for the starting shortstop job.
The Yankees have begun to shift Kiner-Falefa around the infield in spring training. He is taking it as a sign that they are looking to make Anthony Volpe or Oswald Peraza the team’s starting shortstop on Opening Day.
On Saturday, Kiner-Falefa will play his second straight spring training game at second base.
“That’s three in a row moving around,” Kiner-Falefa said, via The New York Post. “I don’t want to make too much of it, but it’s definitely something.”
Kiner-Falefa struggled at the plate in his first season with the Yankees. In 142 games, he hit .261with only hit four home runs. He was benched in the playoffs.
Anthony Volpe and Oswald Peraza are two of the Yankees top three prospects. Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Kiner-Falefa could see time in the outfield in light of Harrison Bader’s recent oblique strain.
Yankees shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa. Photo courtsey Pinstripe Alley