Chris Dwyer (Photo: Minda Haas)
After 6.2 perfect innings in the National Triple A Championship, left-hander Chris Dwyer will be called up to Kansas City for the final stretch of games according to Rob White of the Omaha World Herald. Joining Dwyer will be infielder Irving Falu.
Dwyer threw seven shutout innings and his only blemish was a single to Tim Beckham as Omaha beat Durham (the International League Champions) 2-1 on Tuesday. He struck out eight and walked none. Dwyer threw 159.2 innings for Omaha in 2013 and put up a 3.55 ERA. He increased his strikeout rate in Triple A from 2012’s 13.5% to 16.5% and batters hit just .233 against him in 2013.
He fought with thyroid problems in 2012 which hampered his progress. This year, he’s given up less hits but he’s still had struggles with control (he walked 10.6% of the batters he faced this year, but that’s at least better than in past years), so it’s tough to say he’s going to be an integral part of a Royals rotation until that’s improved. He should see a few innings in the big leagues this year as an evaluation.
Falu hit .341/.371/.435 last year in 91 plate appearances but hasn’t gotten a shot to play in the big leagues this season. He was called up on August 11 after Miguel Tejada landed on the 15 day disabled list but didn’t get into the game. That afternoon, the Royals acquired Jamey Carroll and Falu was jettisoned back to Omaha.
In Triple A, Falu hit .256/.320/.329 in 568 plate appearances. He hasn’t been as good this year as he had been in 2011 and 2012, but I think he could have helped the big league team in some spots and is a better option than either Carroll or Pedro Ciriaco, who was added to the 40 man roster earlier this month.