Franklin Morales

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Franklin Morales
20110928-0572 Franklin Morales.jpg
Franklin Morales, Boston Red Sox at Baltimore Orioles, warming up before the game, September 28, 2011
Colorado Rockies
Pitcher
Born: (1986-01-24) January 24, 1986 (age 27)
San Juan de los Morros, Venezuela
Bats: LeftThrows: Left
MLB debut
August 18, 2007 for the Colorado Rockies
Career statistics
(through 2013 season)
Win-loss record13-18
Earned run average4.38
Strikeouts242
Teams
Career highlights and awards
 
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Franklin Morales
20110928-0572 Franklin Morales.jpg
Franklin Morales, Boston Red Sox at Baltimore Orioles, warming up before the game, September 28, 2011
Colorado Rockies
Pitcher
Born: (1986-01-24) January 24, 1986 (age 27)
San Juan de los Morros, Venezuela
Bats: LeftThrows: Left
MLB debut
August 18, 2007 for the Colorado Rockies
Career statistics
(through 2013 season)
Win-loss record13-18
Earned run average4.38
Strikeouts242
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Franklin Miguel Morales (born January 24, 1986) is an Venezuelan professional baseball pitcher with the Colorado Rockies of Major League Baseball. A power-throwing left-hander, Morales was seen as one of the leading prospects in the Rockies farm system.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Colorado Rockies[edit]

He made his Major League debut on August 18, 2007, against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He pitched 5 innings, gave up one run, but got a no-decision. In 2007, Morales was selected to the All-Star Futures Game at AT&T Park in San Francisco. Morales made 8 starts in 2007 going 3-2 with a 3.43 ERA. He was also part of the Rockies' 25-man active roster for the postseason where the team went to the World Series for the first time ever but lost to the Red Sox in a 4-game sweep.

On April 29, 2008, Morales was optioned to the Colorado Rockies Triple-A affiliate, the Colorado Springs Sky Sox in response to a sub-par performance during the early 2008 Major League season. During the 2008 season, he made 5 starts going 1-2 with a 6.39 ERA in the Majors.

In spring training in 2009, Morales led all pitchers in pickoffs, with 5, in 28 innings.[1]. He began the regular season in the starting rotation, but after struggling early he was optioned to the Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox. He was called back up and has been pitching from the bullpen since July 7. In 2009, Morales made 40 appearances (2 starts) going 3-2 with a 4.50 ERA.

In 2010, Morales made 35 relief appearances going 0-4 with a 6.28 ERA.

Morales started the 2011 season with 14 relief appearances going 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA.

Boston Red Sox[edit]

Franklin Morales at Fenway Park in 2012

On May 19, 2011, Morales was acquired by the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named later or cash considerations.[2] On May 22, he made his debut appearance for the Red Sox in a game against the Chicago Cubs. Morales finished the 2011 season with Boston making 36 relief appearances going 1-1 with a 3.62 ERA. Overall in 2011 combined with two teams, Morales made a total of 50 appearances going 1-2 with a 3.69 ERA.

Near the end of the 2012 season, Morales was injured. He was diagnosed with a shoulder injury. He had a starting job before September and stuck with it until his injury. In the off-season he will train to be a starter for 2013. As he will most likely be slotted into the rotation. On January 16, 2012, Morales signed a one-year deal worth $850K with the Red Sox, avoiding arbitration.[3] During the 2012 season, Morales made 37 appearances (9 starts) going 3-4 with a 3.77 ERA.

In 2013, Morales made 20 appearances (1 start) going 2-2 with a 4.62 ERA. Morales made 3 appearances in the postseason but none in the World Series as the Red Sox won the championship over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Second stint with Rockies[edit]

On December 18, 2013, Morales was traded back to the Colorado Rockies along with minor league pitcher Chris Martin for utility man Jonathan Herrera.

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