San Diego Padres claim IF Irving Falu off waivers from the Brewers


San Diego, CA- The San Diego Padres have claimed infielder Irving Falu off waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers this afternoon.

Irving Falu was originally drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 32nd round of the 2001 MLB Draft out of high school, but did not sign with the team.

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Irving Falu began the season in Triple-A for the Milwaukee Brewers batting .306 with 5 doubles and 16 RBI’s for the Nashville Sounds, before being called up to the Milwaukee Brewers for the past 11 games until he was placed on waivers today.

Irving Falú was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 21st round of the 2003 MLB Draft out of Indian Hills Community College in Iowa. Irving Falu spent 10 seasons in the minor leagues for the Royals, before making his Major League debut on May 6, 2012 against the New York Yankees and hit a triple in his first major league at-bat. Irving Falu was released by the Royals this off-season and signed a minor league deal with the Milwaukee Brewers.

Irving Falu gives the Padres some infield depth to have some protection with the uncertainty of when Jedd Gyorko will return from the plantar fasciitis in his right foot. Surprisingly though instead of sending him to Triple-A, the Padres have decided to add Irving Falu to the 40-man major league roster after moving Robbie Erlin from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL. Expect Irving Falu to make his Padres debut sometime this weekend.

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  • I’m honestly very surprised to see Irving Falu on the Major League roster.

    If the Padres wanted to add another infielder to the roster I would’ve expected to see recently acquired Chris Nelson or call up from the Triple-A team former Major Leaguers Brooks Conrad, Tyler Greene or prospects Jonathan Galvez and Jake Lemmerman.

    Especially since Conrad and Galvez have been having excellent seasons in Triple-A, but I guess the Padres just wanted to add another average hitter to a lineup that was just no-hit yesterday rather than give an opportunity to players who have major league experience and are actually hitting in Triple-A.