Tony Abreu or Irving Falu?

I’m going to be honest with you. I’ve not really been able to watch the Royals much lately. I’m living in Southern Missouri right now and I don’t have access to Fox Sports KC.

That being said, I’ve not had much of a chance to watch Tony Abreu play. Here’s his offensive slash line in the 19 games he’s appeared in this season:

.266/.273/.375/.648

I don’t pretend to be able to make an assessment of defensive ability, so if you’ve got an opinion on that, throw it out there. But when questioning whether Abreu should be retained on the 40-man roster next season, I have to ask the question: Can you tell the difference between Abreu and Irving Falu?

Here’s Falu’s line in 20 games:

.375/.384/.486/.870

Falu has been a lot more successful offensively this season in a similar, albeit small sample size of games and plate appearances. Again, my ability to assess Falu’s defensive capabilities is limited based on my inability to watch the games and or decipher advanced defensive metrics. However, a quick eye test tells me that both Falu and Abreu are fairly similar in physical capabilities. They both throw right-handed and they both switch-hit. They both have last names that end in “u.” Falu is 29 and Abreu is 27 which means that they’re both probably too old to become much more than decent fill-in guys.

Honestly? These guys are the same player to me, which means I only think we need one of them on the bench when next year rolls around. I think I like what I’ve (briefly) seen from Falu more than what I’ve seen from Abreu. If you’re an Abreu apologist or someone that thinks both guys need a spot on the bench or even the 40-man roster, explain yourself to me. Otherwise, I think Falu has more value than Abreu.

Topics: Irving Falu, Kansas City Royals, Tony Abreu

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  • jimfetterolf

    I think Falu has earned the UIF spot, at least, for next year and will be in the mix for 2B. No knock on Abreu, a one-time prospect, but Falu has done what he was asked to do, played six positions in Omaha, seems adequate as UIF with 2B his best position. Abreu may have some trade value.

    • Marcus Meade

      I agree Jim. All Falu does is hit. He hit in AAA. He’s hit so far in the majors. And he plays many positions. Since Giavotella still hasn’t wowed anyone, I think the Royals have to give Falu and chance to start at 2nd base next year. Make it an open competition in Spring Training. We know Falu’s the better fielder. Maybe he’s just a late bloomer.

      • jimfetterolf

        Perhaps lots of reasons, but I think Irving finally got a chance and decided that he really likes being a big-leaguer. The jump in salary is life-changing for him and his family and I expect him to continue grabbing his opportunity.

        Should be an interesting competition next spring with Getz back, Falu having shown that he’s not overwhelmed and can at least play the position, Gio probably getting another chance, and Chris Colon making a push. I wouldn’t be real surprised to see either Getzie or Giavotella traded this off-season, neither are versatile and will be competing with three guys who can also play SS. Then there’s Tony Seratelli pushing for UIF. At least we shouldn’t have to worry about bringing in an outsider for UIF, like this year. Of course, I’m the guy who wanting Irving Falu promoted last summer instead of Johnny Giavotella and wanted Falu for UIF instead of signing Yuni.

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