Former Falcons in the Minor Leagues



Here is a rundown of the seasons for each of the former Falcons:


Irving Falu


2018 team: Syracuse Chiefs, Class Triple-A International League (Washington Nationals)


Drafted: 2003 in the 21st round by the Kansas City Royals


The switch-hitting infielder played primarily 2nd base for the Chiefs in 2018 hitting .276 in 108 games with 105 hits, 16 doubles, two triples and four homers. He stole 12 bases and struck out only 32 times in 381 at-bats, finishing strong with four two-hit games in the final six contests (9 for 21).  Falu turned 35 years old during the season, his 16th in professional baseball.  He signed with Washington as a free agent and the 2018 season was his second at Syracuse.  Falu has played 1,673 minor league games with 6,265 at-bats and a .280 overall batting average.  He made his major league debut in 2012, playing in 24 games with the Royals.  The native of Puerto Rico appeared in one game for KC the next year, then appeared in 11 games with Milwaukee and San Diego in '14.  He has been in Triple-A the last four seasons.


Olivier Basabe


2018 teams: Tri-City Dust Devils, Class-A Northwest League; Fort Wayne TinCaps, Class-A Advanced Midwest League (San Diego Padres)


Drafted: 2017 in the 8th round by the Padres


Basabe was elevated to the Midwest League in August in time to help Fort Wayne's playoff push.  At Tri-City, he batted .313 in 40 games with 47 hits that included four home runs and he knocked in 28 runs.  With Fort Wayne, Basabe, only 21-years old, played both infield and outfield and hit .258 in 17 games, putting his full-season batting average at .296.  Following two seasons at Indian Hills, he spent one year at Faulkner University in Alabama.  After he was drafted following that season, Basabe debuted in the Arizona Rookie League and had a .272 average in 42 games in '17.


Joel Booker


2018 teams: Winston-Salem Dash, Class-A Advanced Carolina League; Birmingham Barons, Class Double-A Southern League (Chicago White Sox)


Drafted: 2016 in the 22nd round by the White Sox


Booker parlayed a strong first half at Winston-Salem, punctuated by MVP honors in the Carolina League's mid-season All-Star game, into a June promotion to Double-A. Prior to the call-up, Booker hit .297 in 53 games at Winston-Salem, slugging 14 doubles, two triples and five homers, and produced a three-hit, four-RBI performance in the All-Star game.  Once he got to Birmingham, Booker, an  All-American selection at Indian Hills and All-Big Ten player at Iowa, batted .266 in 66 games.  His 2018 numbers included a .279 average, 128 hits, 82 runs and 26 stolen bases, with 26 doubles, four triples and seven homers.


Nick Green


2018 teams: Tampa Tarpons, Class A-Advanced Florida State League; Trenton Thunder, Double-A Eastern League (New York Yankees)


Drafted: 2014 in the 7th round by the Texas Rangers


Green was a starting pitcher in the FSL All-Star game and later in the season moved up a rung in the Yankees' organization.  The 23-year old righthander, in his fifth season of pro ball, appeared in 20 games, all starts, at Tampa and went 7-5 with a 3.28 ERA.  In 115 innings he allowed 104 hits and struck out 93.  Green then started three games for Trenton, winning one and compiling a 3.63 ERA.  His season numbers showed an 8-7 record and 3.32 ERA.


Alsis Herrera


2018 team: Lynchburg Hillcats, Class A-Advanced Carolina League (Cleveland Indians)


Undrafted free agent, signed by the Indians


Herrera was assigned to Lynchburg out of spring training, then was handed an 80-game suspension by Minor League Baseball for violating the drug prevention and treatment program.  Once his suspension was served Herrera was released by the Indians.  The lefty had showed promise the year before, pitching for three teams, including the Midwest League's Lake County Captains where he appeared in 28 games and posted a 6-2 record and 3.69 ERA.  He was in 38 games for the entire year, all in relief, after signing a contract with the Indians.


Travis Neubeck


2018 Teams: Gulf Coast League Marlins; Greensboro Grasshoppers, Class-A South Atlantic League; Jupiter Hammerheads, Class-A Advanced (Miami Marlins)


Drafted: 2015 in the 7th round by Miami


Neubeck pitched for three teams in 2018, albeit with only one appearance in the Gulf Coast League, in the Miami organization.  After going 2-1 with a 1.71 ERA and two saves for Greensboro he was promoted to Jupiter at the end of June.  Neubeck fanned 26 in 21 innings of relief with the Grasshoppers, then pitched in 10 games, all in a relief role at the next level, posting an ERA of 3.09 in 11.2 innings.  His combined ERA in 29 games at the three stops was 2.14.  Neubeck, who transferred to Indian Hills from the Air Force Academy, has appeared in 76 games in his four minor league seasons.


Christian Torres


2018 Team: Down East Wood Ducks, Class-A Advanced Carolina League (Texas Rangers)


Drafted: 2016 in the 30th round by the Rangers


The lefty Torres, who recently turned 25, spent the entire season with the Down East club in Kinston, N.C.  He went 5-6 with a 3.36 ERA in 20 games, nine of them starts.  In 61.2 innings he struck out 55.  Torres left IHCC after two successful seasons and had two more solid years at Faulkner University in Alabama.  He has been in the Rangers organization for three years now and carries a 12-12 record and 2.93 ERA over 184 innings pitched.  Torres has been used primarily in relief with only 15 of his 75 games as a starter.


Jacob Rhinesmith


2018 Team: Auburn Doubledays, Class-A Short Season New York-Penn League (Washington Nationals)


Drafted: 2018 in 18th round by the Nationals


Rhinesmith hit .407 his second season at Indian Hills and .306 in his only year at Western Kentucky, then was drafted last June and had a promising initial season in the professional ranks.  The 22-year old Rhinesmith hit .283 after carrying an average over .300 until the final week of the season.  He helped lead the Doubledays into the playoffs and provided three hits and three runs scored in their two postseason contests.  Rhinesmith's average was 13th-best in the league and he stole six bases, also 13th in the short-season league.  The left-handed batting outfielder was 7th in the NY-P with 67 hits and 39 runs and had an on-base percentage of .358 that was 9th.