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Portrait of Irving Falu

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2016 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 33)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
250 .247 3 28 18 7 .222 -0.4
Birth Date6-6-1983
Height5' 9"
Weight185 lbs
Age33 years, 1 months, 17 days
BatsB
ThrowsR
0.62012
-0.02013
-0.52014
2015
-0.42016
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2012 KCA 29 24 91 85 14 29 6 1 0 37 4 9 0 0 2 7 0 2 .341 .371 .435 .273 4.0 1.6 0.6
2013 KCA 30 1 4 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 .250 .199 -0.1 -0.1 -0.0
2014 MIL 31 11 12 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 .000 .083 .000 .063 -1.8 -0.0 -0.2
2014 SDN 31 11 23 20 0 3 0 0 0 3 3 4 0 0 0 1 0 .150 .261 .150 .143 -2.2 -0.1 -0.3
Career47130119143361041814012812.277.320.345.228-0.11.50.1

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2004 OMA AAA 3 6 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .600 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 BUR A 119 525 .277 .262 .339 .392 .000 .271 98 6.2 9.6 2.1 3.2 2.6 20.5 2.3 20.5 2.3
2005 WIC AA 6 18 .216 .272 .321 .444 .000 .235 113 -0.9 0.5 0.2 0.5 0.0 -0.1 0.0 -0.1 0.0
2006 HDS A+ 126 585 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .317 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 WIC AA 131 525 .213 .263 .338 .402 .000 .258 105 -27.1 15.5 4.4 -9.0 -4.5 -11.7 -2.1 -11.7 -2.1
2008 NWA AA 101 405 .285 .270 .344 .408 .000 .315 87 11.5 12.4 -0.4 0.3 1.1 24.6 2.5 24.6 2.5
2009 OMA AAA 122 532 .278 .263 .332 .401 .000 .282 86 10.4 15.5 0.5 11.8 0.4 26.8 3.8 26.8 3.8
2010 OMA AAA 119 552 .236 .281 .347 .438 .000 .291 99 -15 16.8 5.1 10.0 5.7 12.7 2.2 12.7 2.2
2011 OMA AAA 111 437 .253 .286 .353 .448 .000 .335 100 -3.4 13.6 -0.4 -3.9 -0.7 9.0 0.5 9.0 0.5
2012 KCA MLB 24 91 .273 .256 .320 .410 .000 .382 104 1.2 2.5 0.2 1.6 0.1 4.0 0.6 4.0 0.6
2012 OMA AAA 88 406 .290 .283 .347 .434 .000 .354 102 13.8 12.1 2.1 -1.3 3.2 31.2 3.0 31.2 3.0
2012 MAY Wnt 36 162 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .338 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 KCA MLB 1 4 .199 .249 .310 .397 .000 .250 99 -0.2 0.1 0 -0.1 0.0 -0.1 -0.0 -0.1 -0.0
2013 OMA AAA 135 568 .238 .264 .331 .405 .000 .281 94 -13.3 16.3 3.7 -8.9 -4.5 2.2 -0.7 2.2 -0.7
2013 PUR int 7 27 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .211 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2014 MIL MLB 11 12 .063 .240 .304 .372 .000 .000 101 -2.2 0.3 0.1 -0.0 0.0 -1.8 -0.2 -1.8 -0.2
2014 SDN MLB 11 23 .143 .253 .325 .409 .000 .188 96 -2.5 0.6 0 -0.1 -0.3 -2.2 -0.3 -2.2 -0.3
2014 NAS AAA 76 282 .252 .276 .340 .431 .000 .310 91 -2.6 8.4 1.5 0.5 0.8 8.1 0.9 8.1 0.9
2015 LOU AAA 121 523 .250 .258 .319 .376 .000 .291 99 -5.4 14.5 -2.2 -1.6 1.2 8.1 0.7 8.1 0.7
2015 CAR Wnt 36 154 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .286 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2016 OAX AAA 52 236 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .366 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2016 OMA AAA 35 134 .277 .268 .331 .419 .274 .290 96 2.4 3.7 -0.9 0.9 1.1 6.2 0.7 6.2 0.7

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2004 OMA AAA 6 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .500 .500 .500 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 WIC AA 18 1 4 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 .235 .278 .294 .059 .216 -0.1 0.5 0.0
2005 BUR A 525 71 113 20 5 1 28 61 39 34 15 .254 .342 .328 .074 .277 20.5 3.2 2.3
2006 HDS A+ 585 87 159 23 7 3 49 40 46 31 11 .299 .346 .386 .087 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 WIC AA 525 46 115 12 6 1 28 35 44 15 9 .242 .289 .298 .057 .213 -11.7 -9.0 -2.1
2008 NWA AA 405 57 109 11 2 5 42 38 31 11 9 .301 .364 .384 .083 .285 24.6 0.3 2.5
2009 OMA AAA 532 64 125 19 5 2 40 52 35 12 5 .269 .340 .344 .075 .278 26.8 11.8 3.8
2010 OMA AAA 552 75 137 14 6 1 46 42 39 15 4 .272 .325 .330 .058 .236 12.7 10.0 2.2
2011 OMA AAA 437 50 116 10 9 2 47 35 47 21 11 .301 .358 .390 .088 .253 9.0 -3.9 0.5
2012 MAY Wnt 162 30 46 8 4 1 16 14 11 4 5 .324 .381 .458 .134 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 OMA AAA 406 69 120 22 3 7 50 28 41 21 6 .329 .375 .463 .134 .290 31.2 -1.3 3.0
2012 KCA MLB 91 14 29 6 1 0 7 4 9 0 2 .341 .371 .435 .094 .273 4.0 1.6 0.6
2013 OMA AAA 568 50 130 19 6 2 31 47 51 20 10 .256 .320 .329 .073 .238 2.2 -8.9 -0.7
2013 PUR int 27 1 4 1 0 0 0 1 5 1 0 .167 .200 .208 .042 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 KCA MLB 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 .250 .000 .199 -0.1 -0.1 -0.0
2014 NAS AAA 282 28 72 8 1 2 18 21 22 9 9 .291 .343 .356 .065 .252 8.1 0.5 0.9
2014 SDN MLB 23 0 3 0 0 0 0 3 4 1 0 .150 .261 .150 .000 .143 -2.2 -0.1 -0.3
2014 MIL MLB 12 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 .000 .083 .000 .000 .063 -1.8 -0.0 -0.2
2015 CAR Wnt 154 12 36 6 1 0 13 12 13 3 3 .267 .318 .326 .059 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2015 LOU AAA 523 55 124 16 6 3 43 48 46 19 9 .270 .337 .350 .080 .250 8.1 -1.6 0.7
2016 OAX AAA 236 38 75 8 1 5 31 19 14 9 5 .359 .410 .478 .120 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2016 OMA AAA 134 14 35 7 0 4 23 5 18 1 3 .276 .299 .425 .150 .277 6.2 0.9 0.7

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT CSAA_CHANCES CSAA_RT
2012 342 0.4678 0.4503 0.8312 0.5313 0.3791 0.9059 0.7391 0.1688 139 -0.002127
2013 9 0.5556 0.5556 1.0000 0.6000 0.5000 1.0000 1.0000 0.0000 3 0.000256
2014 111 0.4865 0.4414 0.7959 0.6667 0.2281 0.8333 0.6923 0.2041 45 -0.001527
Career4620.4740.45020.8260.56520.34520.89030.73290.174113.7662-0.0019

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-06-21 2014-06-24 Minors 3 0 - Not Disclosed -
2008-04-25 2008-05-02 Minors 7 0 Not Disclosed -

Compensation

Year Team Salary

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 120 d1 year (2016)

Details
  • 1 year (2016). Signed by Kansas City as a free agent 6/5/16 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2015). Signed by Cincinnati as a free agent 12/14 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2014). Signed by Milwaukee as a free agent 12/4/13 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by Milwaukee 5/26/14. Claimed by San Diego off waivers from Milwaukee 6/26/14. Claimed by Milwaukee off waivers from San Diego 7/17/14. Sent outright to Triple-A by Milwaukee 8/7/14.
  • 1 year/$492,025 (2013). Re-signed by Kansas City 2/15/13.
  • 1 year (2012). Contract purchased by Kansas City 5/3/12.
  • Drafted by Kansas City 2003 (21-612) (Indian Hills CC, Iowa).

2016 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/15/2015 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 310 35 80 13 2 4 29 24 40 10 5 .292 .340 .401 .262 9.8 2B -3, 3B 0 0.7
80o 289 31 71 12 2 3 26 21 38 9 5 .277 .323 .378 .248 5.5 2B -3, 3B 0 0.2
70o 274 29 66 11 2 3 23 20 37 8 4 .265 .311 .362 .239 2.7 2B -3, 3B 0 0.0
60o 262 27 61 10 2 3 22 18 36 7 4 .256 .300 .348 .231 0.5 2B -3, 3B 0 -0.3
50o 250 25 55 9 1 3 20 17 35 7 4 .247 .291 .336 .223 -1.3 2B -3, 3B 0 -0.5
40o 238 23 50 8 1 2 19 15 33 6 3 .238 .281 .323 .216 -3.0 2B -3, 3B 0 -0.6
30o 226 21 46 8 1 2 17 14 32 6 3 .229 .270 .310 .208 -4.6 2B -2, 3B 0 -0.8
20o 211 19 42 7 1 2 15 12 31 5 3 .218 .258 .294 .198 -6.2 2B -2, 3B 0 -0.9
10o 190 16 36 6 1 2 13 11 28 4 2 .202 .241 .273 .185 -8.0 2B -2, 3B 0 -1.1
Weighted Mean255265892321173574.251.295.341.227-0.52B -3, 3B 0-0.4

2016 Rest-of-Season Forecast

Last Update: 7/23/2016 10:08 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 510 56 135 23 5 6 47 36 62 16 9 .293 .335 .402 .268 18.9 SS -4, 2B -1 1.5
80o 490 52 122 21 4 5 43 32 61 14 8 .277 .319 .381 .255 11.9 SS -4, 2B -1 0.7
70o 475 49 114 19 4 5 40 30 60 13 7 .266 .307 .365 .245 7.1 SS -4, 2B -1 0.2
60o 462 46 108 18 4 5 38 28 60 13 7 .257 .297 .352 .237 3.2 SS -4, 2B -1 -0.2
50o 450 44 100 17 3 4 36 27 59 12 6 .248 .287 .340 .230 -0.2 SS -3, 2B -1 -0.5
40o 438 42 95 16 3 4 34 25 58 11 6 .240 .278 .328 .222 -3.4 SS -3, 2B -1 -0.9
30o 425 39 89 15 3 4 32 24 57 10 6 .230 .267 .315 .214 -6.7 SS -3, 2B -1 -1.2
20o 410 36 83 14 3 4 30 22 56 10 5 .220 .255 .300 .204 -10.3 SS -3, 2B -1 -1.6
10o 390 33 73 12 3 3 27 19 54 9 5 .205 .239 .279 .191 -14.8 SS -3, 2B -1 -2.0
Weighted Mean455451051845372859127.252.291.345.2331.3SS -4, 2B -1-0.4

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
2% 11% 10% 18% 28%

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2016 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
201734352347612232923508.243.293.327.225-0.6-0.90.22.18.7-11.9-4.2
201835321316911232621467.240.289.322.222-0.7-2.2-0.11.87.9-11.8-3.8
201936321317011232621466.239.289.319.222-0.7-2.6-0.31.88.0-12.0-3.8
202037317316811232621465.239.290.321.222-0.7-2.6-0.41.67.8-11.7-3.8
202138295286410232419444.238.288.318.220-0.7-3.1-0.51.47.3-11.4-3.5
202239287276110222319433.237.286.317.220-0.8-3.5-0.61.37.1-11.4-3.4
202340278265910222218422.235.284.313.217-0.8-4.3-0.71.26.9-11.7-3.3
202441271255810222117412.234.282.312.216-0.8-4.5-0.71.16.7-11.6-3.2
20254226925579222117421.232.281.307.214-0.9-5.1-0.71.06.7-12.0-3.2

Long-Term Forecast Based on RoS PECOTA (Beyond the 2016 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
20173425025579232116366.248.297.336.230-0.4-1.10.20.69.8-11.8-2.6
201835329317112232720466.236.281.319.218-0.9-4.4-0.10.87.8-12.9-3.4
201936458439914243627598.237.282.307.216-1.2-6.3-0.40.99.3-16.2-4.8
2020375535512621444540799.254.307.332.232-0.7-1.0-0.81.012.0-13.1-5.8

Upside By Year

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 PEAK 5
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Previous Year Preseason Upside By Year

Yr Proj 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 PEAK 5
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Comparable Players (Similarity Index 75)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 83 Luis Figueroa 2007 .158
2 83 Jesus Feliciano 2012 .000 DNP
3 83 Henry Mateo 2010 .000 DNP
4 83 Oscar Robles 2009 .000 DNP
5 83 Ray Olmedo 2014 .000 DNP
6 82 Jesus Merchan 2014 .000 DNP
7 81 Gil Velazquez 2013 -.012
8 81 Aaron Holbert 2006 .000 DNP
9 81 Joe Thurston 2013 .000 DNP
10 81 Howie Clark 2007 .206
11 81 Andy Green 2011 .000 DNP
12 80 Sean Burroughs 2014 .000 DNP
13 80 Jim Rushford 2007 .000 DNP
14 80 Adrian Brown 2007 .000 DNP
15 80 Augie Ojeda 2008 .230
16 80 Chris Prieto 2006 .000 DNP
17 79 Luis Ordaz 2009 .000 DNP
18 79 Michel Hernandez 2012 .000 DNP
19 79 Matt Kata 2011 .000 DNP
20 79 Jason Bourgeois 2015 .243
21 79 Jose Flores 2006 .000 DNP
22 78 Jose Yepez 2014 .000 DNP
23 78 Mike McCoy 2014 .000 DNP
24 78 Vinny Rottino 2013 .000 DNP
25 78 Ed Rogers 2012 .000 DNP
26 78 Matt Tolbert 2015 .000 DNP
27 77 Paul Phillips 2010 .245
28 77 Mark Johnson 2009 .000 DNP
29 77 Wilson Delgado 2006 .000 DNP
30 77 Rick Short 2006 .000 DNP
31 77 Jason Tyner 2010 .000 DNP
32 77 Wilson Valdez 2011 .233
33 76 Brendan Harris 2014 .000 DNP
34 76 Noah Hall 2010 .000 DNP
35 76 Doug Bernier 2013 .232
36 75 Mike Mahoney 2006 .000 DNP
37 75 Chris Coste 2006 .294
38 75 Jorge Velandia 2008 .242
39 75 Tike Redman 2010 .000 DNP
40 75 John Suomi 2014 .000 DNP
41 74 Chris Ashby 2008 .000 DNP
42 74 Brian Barden 2014 .000 DNP
43 74 Pete Orr 2012 .269
44 74 Dusty Wathan 2007 .000 DNP
45 74 Eric Bruntlett 2011 .000 DNP
46 74 Royce Huffman 2010 .000 DNP
47 74 Charles Gipson 2006 .000 DNP
48 74 Ricardo Nanita 2014 .000 DNP
49 74 Rich Thompson 2012 .098
50 74 Chris Heintz 2008 .000 DNP
51 73 Jamey Carroll 2007 .230
52 73 Chase Lambin 2013 .000 DNP
53 73 Omar Quintanilla 2015 .000 DNP
54 73 Robby Hammock 2010 .000 DNP
55 73 Robinson Cancel 2009 -.007
56 73 Justin Christian 2013 .000 DNP
57 73 Luke Carlin 2014 .000 DNP
58 73 Kevin Frandsen 2015 .134
59 73 Kerry Robinson 2007 .000 DNP
60 73 Eugenio Velez 2015 .000 DNP
61 73 D'Angelo Jimenez 2011 .000 DNP
62 73 Luis Rodriguez 2013 .000 DNP
63 73 Erick Almonte 2011 .079
64 72 Raul Gonzalez 2007 .000 DNP
65 72 Enrique Wilson 2007 .000 DNP
66 72 Timo Perez 2008 .000 DNP
67 72 Wiki Gonzalez 2007 .000 DNP
68 72 Donnie Sadler 2008 .000 DNP
69 72 Wes Timmons 2012 .000 DNP
70 72 Josh Wilson 2014 .206
71 72 Carlos Maldonado 2012 .111
72 71 Esteban German 2011 .512
73 71 Aaron Miles 2010 .244
74 71 Mike Cervenak 2010 .000 DNP
75 71 Ed Lucas 2015 .000 DNP
76 70 Miguel Cairo 2007 .223
77 70 Jorge Padilla 2013 .000 DNP
78 70 Ryan Theriot 2013 .000 DNP
79 70 Glenn Beckert 1974 .224
80 70 Abraham Nunez 2009 .000 DNP
81 70 Jesse Garcia 2007 .000 DNP
82 70 J.C. Boscan 2013 .232
83 70 Dave Cash 1981 .000 DNP
84 70 Raul Chavez 2006 .143
85 70 Rich Dauer 1986 .000 DNP
86 70 Wil Nieves 2011 .118
87 70 Horace Clarke 1973 .237
88 70 Joe Inglett 2011 .175
89 70 Steve Sax 1993 .221
90 70 Joey Cora 1998 .256
91 69 Luis Sojo 1998 .180
92 69 Sam Fuld 2015 .224
93 69 Kevin Mench 2011 .000 DNP
94 69 Russ Johnson 2006 .000 DNP
95 69 Don Kelly 2013 .252
96 69 Harold Reynolds 1994 .220
97 69 Felix Millan 1977 .237
98 69 Larry Brown 1973 .257
99 69 Tommy Helms 1974 .251
100 69 Hector Luna 2013 .000 DNP

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2013 The Good Soldier. Falu opened 2012 in Triple-A, the fourth consecutive season he started the year in Omaha. He finally got the call in May and made the most of his limited opportunity. Falu can fill in at second, short, or third. He has never walked much at any stop in his long minor-league career and he has limited power, so PECOTA reflects the effect increased playing time would have on his slash line. He can be useful to the Royals in a cost-controlled, utility-infielder sort of way.
2012 Irving Falu has played three full seasons at Triple-A, hitting a combined .280/.342/.352. It seems hes only an option to make the majors if several players ahead of him go down with injury. With time at 2B, SS, 3B, RF and DH last year, he's versatile. At least he has that going for him.
2010 Who needs a Bloomquist when organizational soldier Irving Falu can play six positions and switch-hit?

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This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: A Closer Swap with TheeR.J. Anderson2014-07-02
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: International Winter League Games of January 22Jeff Moore2014-01-23
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: September 19, 2013Clint Chisam2013-09-19
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This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: New Homes for Tampa InfieldersR.J. Anderson2013-02-15
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Royals Carry a Mig StickR.J. Anderson2013-01-02
This article requires BP Premium accessPebble Hunting: The Shame of Your First Big-League HitSam Miller2012-08-22
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: The Wages of EdwinR.J. Anderson2012-07-13
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: A Roach, a Padre and a Punto Walk Into a BarR.J. Anderson2012-05-07
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: AL ActionChristina Kahrl2009-12-13


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DateQuestionAnswer
2010-05-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)So tell me a little something about this new kid the Royals have in AAA...
(Cris E from St Paul, MN)
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