Position(s): LH Starting Pitcher
Projected 2007 Team: Tulsa (AA)
Age on April 1st: 21
Born: January 24, 1986 in San Juan Morros, Venezuela
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 180
Bats: L | Throws: L
Drafted: N/A | How Acquired: Signed as an non-drafted free agent (November, 2002)
College: N/A | High School: N/A
Contract Notes: Rule 5 eligible following the 2007 season.
Other: -2006: Ranked as the top pitching prospect in the California League by Baseball America.
-2006: Ranked as the #2 prospect in the Rockies farm system by Baseball America.
Scouting Report / Bio: Led the California league in ERA and strikeouts. Like most Rockies prospects, Morales also has some control issues. He dealt with concentration problems last season and also had trouble maintaining his mechanics, which ultimately led to poor command. Morales can blow hitters away with a mid 90s fastball and a devastating 12-6 curveball. His changeup is somewhat undeveloped, but it appears to be a useable third pitch. Morales is one of the most intriguing and exciting pitchers in the system.
Future Outlook: Future ace or #2 starter. Needs to improve mechanics, concentration and control.
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