After three full seasons and parts of two others in an Omaha uniform, after 376 games and 1,609 plate appearances, utility player Irving Falu got his first major league call-up on Thursday.
Kansas City placed Yuniesky Betancourt on the disabled list with a sprained ankle, creating an opening for the 28-year-old Falu.
Falu, who has played second base, third base and shortstop as well as all three outfield positions for Omaha, will serve in a utility role in Kansas City, too.
Though technically not considered a starter, Falu played in 21 of Omaha’s first 27 games this season and was hitting .306 with a .346 on-base percentage. He was one of the Pacific Coast League’s most difficult players to strike out, having fanned five times in 82 plate appearances.
He’s hit .282 in his Omaha career and is within reach of the franchise’s all-time top 10 in games, at-bats (1,431) and hits (403). He’s tied for seventh on the Omaha all-time list with 21 triples.