The Irving Falu Era Begins

Well, those of us who where obsessively monitoring Yuniesky Betancourt's playing time can take a rest. 54 PAs into his glorious 2012 campaign, Yuni is headed to the 15-day DL with a sprained ankle. To serve as the new whatever-Betancourt was, the Royals have promoted Irving Falu. Falu leaves Omaha Nebraska, where was perhaps often vaguely associated with former Husker Roy Helu. Or maybe not.

Falu will make his Major League debut some time soon, which is a nice achievement for a former 21st round draft pick. Of course, he was selected during the Baird Era (2003) so he pales next to a Dayton Moore prospect. Still, Dayton held his nose and promoted him.

Falu was likely promoted because he can handle SS as well as Yuni, but because this is the Royals, he's also been in the OF this season in Omaha. FLEXIBILITY!!!!!! Is this another slap to yesterday's darling, Johnny Giavotella?

In my mind, Falu was a good-hit, bad-glove guy, ala Mike Aviles (in the scout's eye) but that doesn't seem to be true. He hasn't really hit well. Here is a giant table of Falu's stats to lovingly view:

Year Age Tm Lg Lev PA 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2003 20 Royals 2 ARIZ Rk 172 6 2 1 11 8 6 24 22 .259 .387 .353 .739
2004 21 2 Teams 2 Lgs Rk-AAA 265 8 3 1 15 23 10 26 20 .279 .365 .354 .719
2005 22 2 Teams 2 Lgs A-AA 543 21 5 1 30 34 15 62 39 .253 .341 .327 .668
2006 23 High Desert CALL A+ 585 23 7 3 49 31 11 40 46 .299 .351 .386 .737
2007 24 Wichita TL AA 525 12 6 1 28 15 9 35 44 .242 .294 .298 .592
2008 25 Northwest Arkansas TL AA 405 11 2 5 42 11 9 38 31 .301 .367 .384 .751
2009 26 Omaha PCL AAA 532 19 5 2 40 12 5 52 35 .269 .342 .344 .686
2010 27 Omaha PCL AAA 552 14 6 1 46 15 4 42 39 .272 .327 .330 .657
2011 28 Omaha PCL AAA 437 10 9 2 47 21 11 35 47 .301 .358 .390 .747
2012 29 Omaha PCL AAA 82 2 1 1 10 6 1 5 5 .306 .346 .403 .749
10 Seasons 4098 126 46 18 318 176 81 359 328 .276 .343 .351 .694
AAA (5 seasons) AAA 1609 45 21 6 143 54 21 134 127 .282 .342 .355 .697
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/3/2012.

So not really inspiring numbers, although like many Royal agrarians, he runs around a lot.

Welcome him. Irving Falu.

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