Omaha's Hit King Irving Falu has a new home for the 2017 season after signing a minor league contract with the Washington Nationals.
Falu is the Omaha franchise's all-time leader in hits with 674 after breaking Jed Hansen's mark of 662, and also ranks in the top ten in many other statistical categories. Entering the 2017 campaign he ranks second in franchise history in games played (624), at-bats (2,393) and triples (29), third in runs scored (325), tied for third in stolen bases (90) sixth in doubles (94), and eighth in RBI (241).
He made his Omaha debut in September 2004, ironically recording his first career hit with Omaha in Jed Hansen's final Omaha contest. He returned in 2009, wearing an Omaha uniform every year from that time through the 2013 season, playing a part in two Pacific Coast League Championship squads and the 2013 Triple-A National Championship winning team.
Falu was selected as a Triple-A All-Star in 2015 while playing in the International League with the Louisville Bats and returned to Werner Park to play in the First National Bank Triple-A All-Star Game that year. He was then signed in June 2016 by the Royals as a minor league free agent and returned to Omaha, going on to break the franchise's all-time hits mark.
In 624 career contests with Omaha, Falu has combined for a .282 batting average (674-2393), adding 325 runs, 94 doubles, 29 triples, 18 homers and 241 RBI, in addition to 90 steals. In 46 games last year with the Storm Chasers he batted .267 (43-161) along with 16 runs, ten doubles, four homers and 27 RBI.
The Storm Chasers organization wishes Irving the best of luck for the 2017 season with the Nationals organization!