Falu Impresses in His Debut

If you’re a Royals fan, or just a fan of baseball in general, you can’t help but root for guys like Irving Falu. After playing nearly 950 games in the minors, the 28 year old former 21st-round pick of the 2003 draft (the same draft class of former first-round pick Mitch Maier) finally got the call he’s been waiting for his whole life. Upon receiving the call of his promotion to the bigs last Wednesday night, Falu said he was “crying like a baby”.

Fast forward to Sunday.

Irving Falu celebrates his first career hit, a triple, in the second inning of Sunday’s game against the Yankees. (Photo Credit: John Sleezer / The Kansas City Star)

Irving Falu was thrown in the fire and came out clean.

He made his first career start at shortstop, giving Alcides Escobar his first day-off of 2012. He was put to the test almost immediately when he retired Alex Rodriguez on a can-o’-corn groundball with a runner on third to end the first inning.

In his first career at-bat, with his mother, brother, niece, and nephew in the stands, Falu ripped a two-out triple down the right field line. In doing so, Irving became the 3rd Royal to hit a triple in his first career AB (Brian McRae – ’90, Edgar Caceras – ’95). After he popped up from his head-first slide into third base, he was congratulated by Alex Rodriguez, who proceeded to hand Falu the ball that he had hit.

Falu followed that up by hitting a leadoff single to right in the bottom half of the fifth. He would eventually come around to score on a two-out single by Alex Gordon.

He finished the day going 2-for-4 with a triple, one run scored, and one strikeout.

In the grand scheme of a 10-4 loss to New York, Falu’s big day was slightly overshadowed by yet another Luke Hochevar one-inning meltdown. But the switch-hitting utility player will never forget how he made his pro debut in Kansas City against Derek Jeter, A-Rod and the New York Yankees, in front of his family, and alongside many of the guys who he saw come and go during his nine seasons in the Royals’ minor league system.

Here’s to you, Irving. Keep it up. You never know who could be watching.

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3 comments

  1. Andrew Godfrey

    I can only watch two baseball games a week, since we cut back and have no sports channels, but got to see Falu triple in his first at-bat on the TBS Game of the Week. I don’t know how much longer Ned Yost can send Luke Hochevar out to the mound. Hochevar has allowed 16 runs and 19 hits in his last 6 innings. His ERA stands at an even 9.00, while opposing batters are hitting .336 against him. He is in his 6th season and is yet to have a winning record. Seven starters have started games for Omaha and only one has a losing record, so why not give one of those starters a chance. They could do no worse than Hochevar, but he may stay with Royals solely because of his $3.5 million salary this season. His 32-46 record in the majors,with a 5.46 ERA tells me he should never have been offered that kind of contract.

    • royalblueskc

      I couldn’t agree with you more, Andrew. I thought coming into the season that Hochevar was on his last leg this season. It’s getting pretty bad now with him out there and it’s almost time for the Royals to either send him down or just cut their losses.

      • Andrew Godfrey

        I was rooting for Hochevar to pitch well for the Royals, since we lived in Knoxville from 2007-2010 and knew he had played for University of Tennessee. It is not just Hochevar that is failing, since the starting rotation is 7-13 this season and only Felipe Paullino has a winning record at 1-0. Jonathan Sanchez and Luis Mendoza have issued 35 walks in 45 innings. The Royals ERA is 4.73, which is 26th in the majors. The pitching staff has issued the second most walks in the majors with 106, while the staff is 27th in strikeouts with 185.

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