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2016 Projections (Rest of Season Projections - seasonal age 33)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
236 .260 7 25 29 0 .272 0.6
Birth Date6-20-1983
Height6' 1"
Weight225 lbs
Age33 years, 1 months, 8 days
BatsB
ThrowsR
2.12012
2.02013
-0.82014
2.32015
0.92016
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WARP Summary

Projected Rest-of-Season Playing Time

Last Update: 7/28/2016 10:45 ET | Royals Depth Chart

Team Pos Order PT% PA AVG R HR RBI SB OBP SLG WARP TAv
KCA 1B 3 10 27 .260 25 7 29 0 .321 .424 0.6 .272
KCA DH 3 10 27 .260 25 7 29 0 .321 .424 0.6 .272
KCA DH 4 25 66 .260 25 7 29 0 .321 .424 0.6 .272
KCA DH 5 45 116 .260 25 7 29 0 .321 .424 0.6 .272
2015 Rest-of-Season Totals90236.260257290.321.4240.6.272

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2006 ANA 23 57 215 197 21 46 10 1 5 73 17 28 0 1 0 22 1 1 .234 .293 .371 .212 -11.5 5.2 -0.6
2007 ANA 24 43 126 119 12 35 10 0 4 57 6 21 1 0 0 15 0 1 .294 .333 .479 .268 1.1 0.0 0.1
2008 ANA 25 27 66 61 7 13 2 0 3 24 4 7 1 0 0 8 0 1 .213 .273 .393 .220 -3.2 0.6 -0.3
2009 ANA 26 152 622 566 86 173 43 2 34 322 46 117 2 8 0 108 3 7 .306 .355 .569 .303 31.4 2.3 3.4
2010 ANA 27 51 211 193 29 56 5 0 11 94 12 31 5 1 0 39 0 1 .290 .346 .487 .299 12.6 1.8 1.5
2012 ANA 29 134 522 484 61 132 26 1 22 226 31 116 4 3 0 73 0 1 .273 .320 .467 .294 20.5 -0.5 2.1
2013 SEA 30 156 657 602 64 167 34 0 23 270 49 114 5 1 0 80 0 0 .277 .336 .449 .290 20.8 -2.1 2.0
2014 MIN 31 39 162 154 12 36 11 0 1 50 6 27 0 2 18 0 0 .234 .259 .325 .223 -4.4 -1.0 -0.6
2014 SEA 31 59 239 213 16 44 9 0 7 74 21 41 3 2 24 0 0 .207 .285 .347 .251 -1.1 -1.1 -0.2
2015 KCA 32 158 639 569 81 165 41 2 22 276 58 103 8 4 0 106 0 0 .290 .362 .485 .294 22.2 -0.4 2.3
2016 KCA 33 93 374 338 38 84 15 0 16 147 29 80 5 2 0 49 0 0 .249 .316 .435 .262 3.1 -0.3 0.3
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Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
Minor league stats are currently shownClick to hide.
YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2005 RCU A+ 22 100 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .351 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 ARK AA 74 301 .291 .265 .327 .413 .000 .312 111 8 6.8 -4.4 5.8 -1.5 9.0 1.5 9.0 1.5
2006 ANA MLB 57 215 .212 .274 .337 .429 .000 .248 101 -11.5 6.5 -4.1 5.2 -2.4 -11.5 -0.6 -11.5 -0.6
2006 SLC AAA 66 273 .291 .268 .340 .411 .000 .343 111 9.2 7.9 -5.1 2.1 -1.1 10.9 1.3 10.9 1.3
2007 ANA MLB 43 126 .268 .270 .336 .419 .000 .330 99 1.1 3.7 -2.2 0.0 -1.5 1.1 0.1 1.1 0.1
2007 SLC AAA 64 275 .281 .283 .348 .435 .000 .373 118 6.3 8.2 -5.2 -0.2 -3.8 5.5 0.5 5.5 0.5
2008 ANA MLB 27 66 .220 .263 .341 .418 .000 .196 103 -2.8 1.9 -0.9 0.6 -1.4 -3.2 -0.3 -3.2 -0.3
2008 SLC AAA 78 340 .294 .281 .351 .447 .000 .359 112 13.1 10.5 -6.5 -2.1 -1.3 15.8 1.3 15.8 1.3
2008 ANG Rk 5 22 .427 .257 .325 .367 .000 .526 104 4.3 0.7 -0.3 -0.1 0.1 4.8 0.4 4.8 0.4
2009 ANA MLB 152 622 .303 .261 .330 .414 .000 .329 103 28.5 17.9 -11.3 2.3 -3.7 31.4 3.4 31.4 3.4
2010 ANA MLB 51 211 .299 .252 .319 .393 .000 .296 101 8.5 5.8 -3.7 1.8 2.1 12.6 1.5 12.6 1.5
2012 ANA MLB 134 522 .294 .254 .315 .406 .000 .315 95 17.6 14.3 -8.9 -0.5 -2.5 20.5 2.1 20.5 2.1
2013 SEA MLB 156 657 .290 .256 .319 .402 .000 .309 94 19 17.3 -11 -2.1 -4.5 20.8 2.0 20.8 2.0
2014 MIN MLB 39 162 .223 .250 .309 .386 .000 .273 109 -5.6 4.2 -2.7 -1.0 -0.3 -4.4 -0.6 -4.4 -0.6
2014 SEA MLB 59 239 .251 .249 .310 .384 .000 .222 93 -2.1 6.2 -4 -1.1 -1.2 -1.1 -0.2 -1.1 -0.2
2015 KCA MLB 158 639 .294 .257 .315 .410 .000 .319 101 21.4 17.2 -10.9 -0.4 -5.5 22.2 2.3 22.2 2.3
2016 KCA MLB 93 374 .262 .253 .314 .410 .260 .279 100 0.9 10.1 -6.3 -0.3 -1.6 3.1 0.3 3.1 0.3

Statistics For All Levels

Minor league stats are currently shownClick to hide.
Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2005 RCU A+ 100 18 31 3 0 5 17 6 11 0 0 .344 .404 .544 .200 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 ARK AA 301 47 86 12 0 17 54 17 43 2 0 .306 .350 .530 .224 .291 9.0 5.8 1.5
2006 SLC AAA 273 41 82 13 1 12 52 14 40 0 3 .320 .360 .520 .199 .291 10.9 2.1 1.3
2006 ANA MLB 215 21 46 10 1 5 22 17 28 1 1 .234 .293 .371 .137 .212 -11.5 5.2 -0.6
2007 SLC AAA 275 42 87 20 1 5 37 15 30 0 2 .341 .387 .486 .145 .281 5.5 -0.2 0.5
2007 ANA MLB 126 12 35 10 0 4 15 6 21 0 1 .294 .333 .479 .185 .268 1.1 0.0 0.1
2008 ANG Rk 22 4 11 3 0 1 10 1 1 0 0 .524 .545 .810 .286 .427 4.8 -0.1 0.4
2008 SLC AAA 340 46 108 19 0 15 64 19 43 1 3 .341 .380 .543 .202 .294 15.8 -2.1 1.3
2008 ANA MLB 66 7 13 2 0 3 8 4 7 0 1 .213 .273 .393 .180 .220 -3.2 0.6 -0.3
2009 ANA MLB 622 86 173 43 2 34 108 46 117 3 7 .306 .355 .569 .263 .303 31.4 2.3 3.4
2010 ANA MLB 211 29 56 5 0 11 39 12 31 0 1 .290 .346 .487 .197 .299 12.6 1.8 1.5
2012 ANA MLB 522 61 132 26 1 22 73 31 116 0 1 .273 .320 .467 .194 .294 20.5 -0.5 2.1
2013 SEA MLB 657 64 167 34 0 23 80 49 114 0 0 .277 .336 .449 .171 .290 20.8 -2.1 2.0
2014 MIN MLB 162 12 36 11 0 1 18 6 27 0 0 .234 .259 .325 .091 .223 -4.4 -1.0 -0.6
2014 SEA MLB 239 16 44 9 0 7 24 21 41 0 0 .207 .285 .347 .141 .251 -1.1 -1.1 -0.2
2015 KCA MLB 639 81 165 41 2 22 106 58 103 0 0 .290 .362 .485 .195 .294 22.2 -0.4 2.3
2016 KCA MLB 374 38 84 15 0 16 49 29 80 0 0 .249 .316 .435 .186 .262 3.1 -0.3 0.3

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT CSAA_CHANCES CSAA_RT
2008 195 0.4000 0.4923 0.8438 0.6154 0.4103 0.9167 0.7708 0.1563 78 -0.001889
2009 2445 0.4622 0.4528 0.7805 0.6124 0.3156 0.8627 0.6434 0.2195 1064 0.001591
2010 791 0.4855 0.4475 0.7881 0.6068 0.2973 0.8927 0.5868 0.2119 360 0.014759
2012 2056 0.4611 0.4990 0.7427 0.6888 0.3366 0.8530 0.5496 0.2573 803 0.005148
2013 2425 0.4619 0.4829 0.7583 0.6723 0.3203 0.8778 0.5431 0.2417 971 0.003220
2014 1468 0.4755 0.4775 0.7718 0.6418 0.3286 0.8594 0.6166 0.2282 602 0.007351
2015 2420 0.4463 0.4835 0.7709 0.7019 0.3075 0.8734 0.5825 0.2291 999 -0.001073
2016 1503 0.4664 0.4677 0.7468 0.6320 0.3242 0.8646 0.5462 0.2532 0 0.000000
Career133030.46150.47570.76550.65660.32090.86830.58410.2345767.37650.0031

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2013-06-11 2013-06-14 DTD 3 2 - Low Back Stiffness - -
2013-06-08 2013-06-08 DTD 0 0 - Low Back Soreness - -
2012-09-29 2012-09-30 DTD 1 0 Right Trunk Soreness Ribs - -
2012-05-10 2012-05-12 DTD 2 1 Left Ankle Soreness - -
2012-03-20 2012-03-20 On-Alr 0 0 Left Thigh Tightness Quadriceps - -
2012-02-28 2012-03-22 Camp 23 0 Left Lower Leg Recovery From Surgery Recovery From Fractured Tibia with Scar Tissue 2011-05-26 -
2011-03-22 2011-03-22 On-Alr 0 0 Left Soreness Big Toe -
2011-03-22 2011-09-29 60-DL 191 162 Left Lower Leg Surgery Recovery From Fractured Tibia with Scar Tissue and Bone Graft 2011-05-26
2011-03-01 2011-03-22 Camp 21 0 Left Lower Leg Recovery From Surgery Fractured Tibia 2010-05-30
2010-05-30 2010-10-04 60-DL 127 111 Left Lower Leg Surgery Fractured Tibia 2010-05-30
2008-06-04 2008-07-18 Minors 44 0 Right Abdomen Strain Oblique - -
2007-01-09 2007-01-18 WIN 9 0 Left Knee Soreness -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2017 KCA $1,500,000
2016 KCA $9,000,000
2015 KCA $6,500,000
2014 MIN $7,409,836
2013 SEA $5,250,000
2012 ANA $2,975,000
2011 ANA $2,975,000
2010 ANA $1,200,000
2009 ANA $1,100,000
2008 ANA $500,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
8 yrPrevious$27,909,836
2011Current$9,000,000
9 yrPvs + Cur$36,909,836
1 yrFuture$1,500,000
10 yrTotal$38,409,836

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
7 y 170 dWasserman Media Group2 years/$17M (2015-16), 2017 option

Details
  • 2 years/$17M (2015-16), plus 2017 mutual option. Signed by Kansas City as a free agent 12/11/14. 15:$6.5M, 16:$9M, 17:$11M mutual option ($1.5M buyout). Annual performance bonuses: $50,000 for 375 plate appearances. $0.1M each for 400, 425, 450, 475, 500, 525, 550 PA.
  • 1 year/$12M (2014). Signed by Minnesota as a free agent 6/8/14. Pro-rated over the rest of the 2014 season, will earn approximately $7,409,836. Acquired by Seattle in trade from Minnesota 7/24/14.
  • 1 year/$5.25M (2013). Signed by Seattle 1/18/13 (avoided arbitration). Performance bonuses.
  • 1 year/$2.975M (2012). Re-signed by LA Angels 1/11/12 (avoided arbitration). Performance bonus: $50,000 for 550 plate appearances. Acquired by Seattle in trade from LA Angels 12/19/12.
  • 1 year/$2.975M (2011). Re-signed 1/18/11 (avoided arbitration).
  • 6 years/$4.5M (2005-10). Signed by LA Angels 12/04. $3M signing bonus, 05:$0.316M ($0.1M min), 06:$0.35M ($0.15M, 07:$0.4M ($0.2M), 08:$0.5M ($0.3M), 09:$0.6M ($0.35M), 10:$0.7M ($0.4M). Lesser salaries in minors (05:$0.1M, 06:$0.15M, 07:$0.2M, 08:$0.3M, 09:$0.35M, 10:$0.4M). Morales may void deal and file for arbitration, if eligible.
  • Signed by LA Angels 12/04 as an amateur free agent from Cuba (via the Dominican Republic).

2016 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/15/2015 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 625 73 164 36 2 20 84 51 107 0 0 .293 .356 .474 .302 29.7 3.2
80o 610 69 155 34 2 19 80 48 106 0 0 .282 .344 .457 .292 23.2 2.5
70o 599 66 149 33 2 18 77 46 106 0 0 .275 .336 .445 .285 18.6 2.0
60o 590 64 144 31 2 18 74 44 105 0 0 .269 .329 .435 .279 14.9 1.6
50o 581 62 138 30 2 17 72 43 105 0 0 .263 .322 .425 .273 11.5 1.2
40o 572 59 134 29 2 17 70 41 104 0 0 .257 .316 .415 .268 8.2 0.9
30o 563 57 129 28 2 16 67 40 104 0 0 .251 .309 .405 .262 4.7 0.5
20o 552 55 123 27 2 15 65 38 103 0 0 .243 .300 .394 .255 0.9 0.1
10o 537 51 115 25 2 14 61 35 102 0 0 .233 .289 .377 .245 -4.3 -0.5
Weighted Mean5826213930217724310500.264.323.426.27411.91.3

2016 Rest-of-Season Forecast

Last Update: 7/28/2016 11:42 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 297 36 81 17 1 11 42 25 51 0 0 .302 .367 .493 .311 18.9 1B -1 2.0
80o 276 32 71 15 1 9 37 22 49 0 0 .288 .351 .469 .298 13.9 1B -1 1.4
70o 261 30 66 14 1 9 34 20 47 0 0 .277 .340 .452 .288 10.7 1B -1 1.1
60o 248 27 61 13 1 8 32 19 45 0 0 .269 .330 .438 .280 8.1 1B -1 0.8
50o 236 25 56 12 1 7 30 17 44 0 0 .260 .321 .424 .272 5.9 1B -1 0.6
40o 224 23 52 11 1 7 27 16 42 0 0 .252 .312 .411 .264 3.9 1B -1 0.4
30o 211 21 47 10 1 6 25 15 40 0 0 .244 .302 .397 .256 2.0 1B -1 0.2
20o 196 19 42 9 1 5 23 13 38 0 0 .234 .290 .380 .246 0.0 1B 0 -0.1
10o 175 16 36 8 0 5 19 11 34 0 0 .220 .274 .358 .233 -2.3 1B 0 -0.3
Weighted Mean2422658121831184400.264.325.430.2756.91B -10.7

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
2% 28% 4% 9% 97%

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2016 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
20173449559118252135735910.260.317.409.2640.65.2-3.1-5.812.21.9
2018354144792201104530790.246.306.389.2540.00.4-2.6-4.910.2-2.4
2019364174895211114729790.250.307.399.2570.21.5-2.6-5.110.3-1.1
2020373964689191104428750.249.309.394.2570.11.0-2.5-4.99.8-1.3
202138353407916193824680.246.304.385.252-0.1-0.7-2.2-4.58.7-2.7
202239324377315183523620.246.305.384.252-0.1-0.9-2.0-4.28.0-2.6
202340299336714173220580.243.300.377.247-0.2-2.3-1.9-4.07.4-3.8
202441288326413173019560.242.299.375.246-0.3-2.5-1.8-3.97.1-3.9
202542278306213162819550.241.297.369.243-0.3-3.2-1.7-3.96.9-4.5

Long-Term Forecast Based on RoS PECOTA (Beyond the 2016 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
201734603761412612175441220.257.318.423.2661.212.8-3.8-0.513.83.3-1.5
201835548671212311865411140.244.308.403.2570.66.7-3.4-0.511.8-1.3-1.4
201936577711292612072411200.246.306.414.2600.89.3-3.6-0.513.6-0.3-1.5
202037595741332602173451250.247.312.411.2621.111.3-3.7-0.614.60.9-1.5
202138532641142101762381130.237.302.387.2510.34.3-3.3-0.512.7-4.5-1.3
202239564701212201968481170.241.313.399.2590.77.8-3.5-0.612.5-0.6-1.4
20234047957104180165633990.237.295.386.246-0.10.4-3.0-0.59.2-5.2-1.2

Upside By Year

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 PEAK 5
38.720.88.310.16.1284

Previous Year Preseason Upside By Year

Yr Proj 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 PEAK 5
201513.628.822.35.514.66.584.8

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 85)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 95 Justin Morneau 2014 .298
2 93 Ty Wigginton 2011 .252
3 92 Mike Sweeney 2007 .252
4 90 Lyle Overbay 2010 .262
5 89 Adrian Gonzalez 2015 .302
6 89 Aubrey Huff 2010 .327
7 89 Xavier Nady 2012 .191
8 89 Ryan Doumit 2014 .217
9 88 Don Baylor 1982 .273
10 88 Derrek Lee 2009 .336
11 88 Bob Watson 1979 .297
12 88 Paul Konerko 2009 .280
13 88 Joe Torre 1974 .279
14 88 Rafael Palmeiro 1998 .318
15 87 Andruw Jones 2010 .268
16 87 Hal McRae 1979 .293
17 87 Ryan Klesko 2004 .302
18 87 Orlando Cepeda 1971 .291
19 86 Ernie Banks 1964 .262
20 86 Joe Collins 1956 .258
21 86 Greg Colbrunn 2003 .260
22 86 Garrett Jones 2014 .267
23 86 Michael Cuddyer 2012 .275
24 86 Edgar Martinez 1996 .344
25 86 Corey Hart 2015 .187
26 86 Magglio Ordonez 2007 .338
27 85 Nick Swisher 2014 .236
28 85 Jeff Baker 2014 .267
29 85 Don Mincher 1971 .310
30 85 Carlos Guillen 2009 .264
31 85 John Wockenfuss 1982 .303
32 85 David Justice 1999 .292
33 85 Bill White 1967 .284
34 85 Erubiel Durazo 2007 .000 DNP
35 85 Kevin Millar 2005 .267
36 85 Fred McGriff 1997 .270
37 85 Billy Williams 1971 .312
38 85 Adrian Beltre 2012 .322
39 85 Cody Ross 2014 .233
40 85 Nomar Garciaparra 2007 .253
41 85 Dmitri Young 2007 .293
42 85 Hideki Matsui 2007 .299
43 85 Glenn Davis 1994 .000 DNP
44 85 Andy Pafko 1954 .262
45 85 Roy Sievers 1960 .330
46 85 Tino Martinez 2001 .282
47 84 Victor Martinez 2012 .000 DNP
48 84 Harold Baines 1992 .274
49 84 Kent Hrbek 1993 .282
50 84 Ted Kluszewski 1958 .280
51 84 Torii Hunter 2009 .292
52 84 Cecil Cooper 1983 .307
53 84 Norm Cash 1968 .311
54 84 John Kruk 1994 .286
55 84 Scott Rolen 2008 .278
56 84 Adam LaRoche 2013 .265
57 84 Vernon Wells 2012 .252
58 84 Carlos Lee 2009 .289
59 84 Scott Hairston 2013 .237
60 84 Michael Young 2010 .257
61 83 Eli Marrero 2007 .000 DNP
62 83 Andre Thornton 1983 .296
63 83 Eddie Murray 1989 .277
64 83 Aramis Ramirez 2011 .307
65 83 Jim Spencer 1980 .267
66 83 Andre Ethier 2015 .314
67 83 Jose Guillen 2009 .235
68 83 Sid Gordon 1951 .319
69 83 Mark Teixeira 2013 .231
70 83 Kevin McReynolds 1993 .263
71 83 Chili Davis 1993 .264
72 83 Eric Byrnes 2009 .228
73 83 Miguel Tejada 2007 .269
74 82 Shawn Green 2006 .263
75 82 Felipe Alou 1968 .325
76 82 Richie Hebner 1981 .247
77 82 Matt Diaz 2011 .228
78 82 Trot Nixon 2007 .242
79 82 Larry Hisle 1980 .365
80 82 Dale Long 1959 .270
81 82 Juan Rivera 2012 .245
82 82 Jerry Hairston 1985 .282
83 82 Don Money 1980 .305
84 82 John Mayberry 1982 .250
85 82 Monte Irvin 1952 .302
86 82 Eddie Robinson 1954 .268
87 82 Paul O'Neill 1996 .298
88 82 Daryle Ward 2008 .246
89 82 Frank Thomas 2001 .268
90 82 Bill Freehan 1975 .252
91 82 Aaron Rowand 2011 .240
92 82 Wally Moon 1963 .273
93 82 Bobby Bonilla 1996 .289
94 82 Jermaine Dye 2007 .264
95 82 Jhonny Peralta 2015 .273
96 82 Luke Scott 2011 .253
97 82 Carl Crawford 2015 .251
98 81 David DeJesus 2013 .269
99 81 Mike Lamb 2009 .000 DNP
100 81 Dan Driessen 1985 .250

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .283 .342 .411 .272
11 vs R (Multi) .268 .337 .476 .290
18 Split (Multi) -.015 -.004 .065 .018
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.013 -.004 -.003 -.001
30 vs L (2015) .298 .359 .412 .275
31 vs R (2015) .284 .363 .538 .308
38 Split (2015) -.014 .005 .126 .033
39 LgAvg (2015) -.019 -.010 -.007 -.004

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2016 We can't tell you with any certainty that the deal Morales signed before last season was the largest ever handed out to an aging, bat-only player who had just been out-slugged by Billy Hamilton, let alone Billy Butler. Researching that would cause us to ingest so many horrible player-seasons we'd probably feel like Michael Clarke Duncan in The Green Mile, and who needs that? Suffice it to say his two-year, $17 million deal caused some justifiable hand-wringing, but Kansas City was rewarded with a Silver Slugger season from their new DH. Morales has always hit when healthy, both physically and emotionally, and with the embarrassment of his 2014 contract fail firmly in the rearview mirror, and the luxury of an actual spring training, he was free to concentrate on putting a hurt on pitchers from both sides of the plate. If he can do it again this year, and there are plenty of reasons to think he should, the Royals may well be willing to exercise their side of an $11 million mutual option for 2017—an offer you would think Morales would now be inclined to accept.
2015 It's the familiar old story: boy finds team, boy loses team, boy sits around his house for a few months playing Halo and losing millions of dollars, boy finds team again, they live unhappily ever after. In this version of the tale, none of the characters' motivations make any sense. Morales rejected several islands' worth of money from the Mariners last offseason and wound up with them anyway, and everyone paid dearly, fans most of all. Sitting out for months clearly impaired his hitting, and hitting was the only skill he still had at age 31. Somehow, this led to a two-year deal with the Royals. Maybe we're all supposed to treat 2014 like season two of Friday Night Lights: It never happened.
2014 Perhaps the most remarkable part of Morales' recovery from a broken leg is that he had to rehabilitate not one but two swings. Morales might have been a good defender once, but the injury hindered him in the field, so it was important for him to show he could handle DHing from both sides of the plate. Where the Angels generally held him out against left-handed pitching in 2012, Seattle unleashed him against righties in 2013, and Morales managed at least a .780 OPS from each side of the plate, above the positional average for DH. Sexy, sexy Mariners History tidbit: Morales' excellent season would have been, by OPS+, just the 13th-best of Edgar Martinez's career.
2013 The good news is that the broken ankle that cost Morales nearly two full seasons did not end his career, and it did not crush his value as a hitter. His .298 TAv was not only better than PECOTA forecast for him, it was better than PECOTA forecast for him in pre-injury 2010. It’s tempting to blame some of Morales’s lost power on the injury, as a pair of scouts in July did. “He’s not getting any power off that back foot,” one said while watching him bat left-handed. Perhaps: His isolated power (in a tiny, 70-PA sample) was 60 points higher from his normally weaker right side. But the more conservative and likely explanation is that Morales was never going to replicate his 2009 power. He’s strong, but his approach tilts toward the line drive. So the ankle probably didn’t diminish his abilities, much less end his career. On the eve of his age-30 season and free agency, the Angels traded him to Seattle.
2012 After the Angels whiffed on Carl Crawford and Adrian Beltre, the spin machine touted a healthy Kendrys (then still Kendry) as the team's big off-season addition. He was never right in spring training, though, and the realist could shift his hopes only to Morales as symbolic trade-deadline acquisition. Even those dreams died when he opted for a second ankle surgery—notably, by a non-team-affiliated surgeon of his own choosing—in May. Rather than being let down once more, the Angels went ahead and signed a real free agent before 2012, and the addition of Albert Pujols makes Morales a full-time designated hitter if he's healthy. He was back in the Angels' clubhouse for a few days in September, and he was finally walking without any hint of a limp. You really couldn't say that at any point in his first recovery.
2011 Morales suffered one of the stranger injuries of the 2010 season when he broke his leg jumping on home plate after hitting a 10th-inning grand slam to win a May 29 contest, marking perhaps the first incidence of a “cart-off” home run in major-league history. The baseball equivalent of a mid-coitus coronary isn’t a bad way to go, but Morales and his teammates still probably felt that he’d been taken before his time. Leading up to his demise, Morales had been struggling terribly against southpaws, and an increasingly ground-ball-oriented stroke had prevented him from duplicating his 2009 power output. Nonetheless, the Angels struggled to fill the void left by his departure, and eagerly await a healthy age-28 season.
2010 One of PECOTA's biggest whiffs in 2009 was its weighted mean projection for Morales: -0.2 WARP on a .253/.295/.389 line. Save for a few dozen walks, Morales' final numbers wound up much closer to those of the man he replaced, Mark Teixeira, than to that paltry line, validating—at least in the short term—the Angels' decision to skip offering a nine-figure contract to the departing free agent, in preference to their Cuban import. Morales' projection was so grim because he hadn't produced in his big-league opportunities (.249/.302/.408 in 407 plate appearances) and because his performances in one of the minors' most hitter-friendly environments only translated to three half-seasons of .250ish EqAs. To be fair, no competing projection system foresaw the breakout either; Bill James' was the most optimistic at .327 OBP/.456 SLG. Obviously, the Angels' scouts and coaches saw far beyond the numbers, but credit Morales for adjusting to big-league pitching, and making solid contact far more often than he had in the past. Even if PECOTA suggests a major regression, this is one case where you're better off letting go of those numbers.
2009 Morales hasn't lived up to expectations since the Angels signed him out of Cuba, but with Kotchman and Teixeira out of the way, he's finally going to get his chance. His minor league numbers have been consistently excellent, his brief big-league performances spotty. The Angels and scouts from outside the organization raved about his winter performance in the tough Dominican League, where Morales, in shape and focused, hit .404/.450/.778 in 26 games for the Gigantes. He could be a real sleeper in 2009.
2008 In the long term, Morales may end up being just a very good pinch-hitter. He will hit for average without drawing enough walks or having enough power to be an everyday first baseman or DH. He's been stronger from the left side in his career; that won't help him take at-bats from Kotchman, but it should make him viable as the inexpensive big half of a DH platoon this year and next, or would if Garret Anderson wasn't being squeezed out of the outfield picture.
2007 Morales is the latest example of a Cuban import being something less than advertised. He`s not the athletic, young outfielder they thought they might have bought, but is instead a stiff, slow-footed first baseman, as well as an impatient, hack-happy hitter. He`s still young enough that if he improves his pitch recognition, he could take a step forward and deliver a bit more power from his line-drive stroke, but he`s behind Kotchman for now, and his ceiling is considerably more limited than the sunny wishcasts on the original date of purchase.
2006 Kudos to the Angels scouts, who correctly identified Morales as a player of interest. Giving a practically unknown quantity a six-year major league deal virtually sight unseen could have left heaping quantities of egg on the faces of all involved. Instead, Morales came to these shores and excelled; it looks like the classic American immigrant story, the life of Andrew Carnegie if he had made it big in baseball instead of steel--at least so far. There are still a few flaws to be corrected before Morales donates 2,800 libraries or funds an endowment for world peace. He played in offense-friendly leagues, so his numbers aren`t quite as good as they look at first glance. He`s not big on the whole ball four thing, though he does make good contact. Finally, he has yet to establish himself defensively; he`s moved around the field but seems most comfortable at first. Assuming the Angels correctly let Erstad go after 2006, Kotchman is first in line for the first base job, but if he struggles while Morales blossoms in his second pro season, things will get interesting.
2005 The Angels were so eager to get their hands on this young Cuban defector that they gave him a six-year major league contract. The Angels think Morales is ready to play now, so he'll get a chance to win an outfield job in the spring. Reputed to be a power hitter, a sketchily informed PECOTA thinks he might be a bit like Tony Horton, Mike Aubrey, Juan Tejada, Aramis Ramirez, and Garrett Atkins. Take that for what it's worth, because PECOTA is only as good as what we feed it. When it comes to Cuba, we might be better off giving it empanadas and café con leche than baseball statistics, because although we have some numbers, we're not entirely sure how to put them into context. The Cuban leagues look to have a talent level somewhere around that of short-season A-ball leagues, but that's an early, educated guess. We also don't know if we should be confident of Morales' reported age.

Teams are looking for cost/talent certainty. With domestic product we can forecast what they're going to get within a certain range, even if that player is just out of college. If it's a minor leaguer we can get close to the bull's-eye. If it's a Japanese player, we can forecast with confidence because we understand their leagues. With Cuba, we just don't know, not yet, so as a team-building exercise, spending a great deal on these players is the equivalent of taking a small fortune and placing it on red. If Morales's record accurately represents him, the Angels are probably into something good. If not, well, caveat emptor.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2015-05-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)In my Yahoo league I am building for next year and thereafter. My roster is Russell Martin, Kendrys Morales, Josh Harrison, Brock Holt, Brett Gardner, Dexter Fowler, Gregory Polanco, Coco Crisp, Carlos Ruiz, Travis Snider, Kyle (and Corey) Seager, Jason Heyward, Carlos Correa, Desmond Jennings, Javier Baez, Matt Harvey, Carlos Martinez, Jimmy Nelson, Edinson Volquez, Jonathan Paplebon, Chris Heston, Noah Syndergaard, Lucas Giolito, Julio Urias, Jose Berrios, Matt Cain and Sean Doolittle. 8 keepers allowed. Comments? Suggestions?
(TimLandry from Montreal Quebec Canada)
Keep Matt Harvey eight times. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-02-16 11:00:00 (link to chat)Who do you think will make the biggest improvement with their new team (traded or FA pickup) as compared to their most recent team? seems like you like lawrie?
(Dan from Bloomington)
I think Lawrie is probably a little underrated because he's a post-hype guy. I'm not sold on him being equal to or better than Donaldson though.

Myers is up there. He'd probably be my pick, actually. Kendrys Morales is an obvious one. Jason Grilli isn't going to be the biggest gainer, but I liked what I saw from him in Anaheim. (R.J. Anderson)
2014-08-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Kenny's Vargas and his prospects after his productive start?
(Silverback38 from VA)
I like him a lot. I could see him in his prime becoming what Kendrys Morales was before his season-ending injury. (Mike Gianella)
2014-08-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on Kennys Vargas' hot start and future as the Twins DH/1B?
(Ed from Minnesota)
I was asked about him earlier. His peak might be Kendrys Morales before the Morales season-ending injury. (Mike Gianella)
2014-05-29 19:30:00 (link to chat)Word is the Yankees are interested in Kendrys Morales. This is an ideal landing spot for him, no?
(SK from Boston)
From a fantasy POV, Yankees and Rangers would both be great. Keep him away from Seattle. (Ben Carsley)
2014-05-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)I picked up Rickie weeks due to plethora of injuries on my team... what's the chance that he sticks and becomes fantasy relevant again? Also is it time to stash Kendrys Morales? Thanks keep up the awesome work.
(Julio from San Anto)
I think there's a chance, but his best bet is getting flipped to someone who needs a full-time 2B. I've always liked Weeks so his fall from grace last year was a bummer (Paul Sporer)
2014-03-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Where is Kendrys Morales going to end up and when will he sign?
(Jim from Seattle)
Man, I don't know. It's gonna take an injury at this point to clear things up. (R.J. Anderson)
2014-01-21 18:00:00 (link to chat)12 team keeper H2H categories 6x6 (.ops & holds) I can extend K Morales for last year @ $9, Or should I drop him and overbid on Adrian Gonzales (min 2 year contract)who will be available. I have the most $$ ($100) out of $260. Only have 8 roster spots to fill out of 35 man rosters. I will have to overbid due to a few owners having $$ but few Elite players to bid on. I already plan to go hard on Abreu to fill CI spot. I'm punting average and going for power and speed with likes of Carter, Villar, ECab, Cespedez, Reddick, Braun.
(ares1800jr from San Antonio)
Hey ares:

Glad you're somewhere warm.

I never think you should "overbid" on anyone, but I hear what you're saying. Given that terrible choice, you probably want to overbid on Adrian Gonzalez...at least if you have to make the decision right now. Kendrys Morales is a fine player in your format but my concern would be that he signs somewhere where he isn't a full time player and lands in some sort of platoon or quasi-regular role. I'm not sure what your trading culture is like, but I'd try to push for a trade rather than go too far out on a limb for Gonzalez. (Mike Gianella)
2013-12-10 18:00:00 (link to chat)Where do you see Kendrys Morales ending up?
(Frank from Seattle)
Given that the Mariners made a qualifying offer, the most likely destination for Kendry Morales is back to Seattle, since I can't see a team like the Pirates or the Rays surrendering a first round pick for a talent like Morales. The 10 teams that have protected picks either don't seem to need a first baseman or haven't expressed a lot of interest in Morales. I thought the Twins might have made sense before they announced they were moving Joe Mauer to first base. My guess is Seattle, although this could be one of those situations where the qualifying offer makes Morales' market tepid and he signs late with a team where an injury crops up and makes Morales a contingency plan. (Mike Gianella)
2013-01-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do we see any major trades before spring training? #Bourjos? #Stanton? #Upton? #Kubel?
(Kelvin from Brooklyn)
With the Angels having dealt Kendrys Morales, I don't think we'll see them move Bourjos. Stanton's displeasure with the Marlins has been made clear, but I don't see him being dealt before the season. However, I do think the Diamondbacks will clear up their outfield logjam. I'm not sure whether it will be Kubel or Upton that is dealt, but I can't see Parra reduced to a fourth outfielder role again, nor can I see Adam Eaton stuck in that role. (Josh Shepardson)
2012-12-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Better DH fit for Rays, Kendrys Morales or Lance Berkman and why?
(jlarsen from chicago)
Morales because there is more in the tank, but his cost will be higher so given their organization, Berkman is a more likely candidate. (Paul Sporer)
2012-12-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Geoff, What do you think the Mariners' infield looks like for most of the season?
(captnamerca from Dunedin)
Howdy Captain. I'm assuming it'll be similar to last year's, with Kendrys Morales displacing Justin Smoak at first base. Nick Franklin could make things interesting at second if Dustin Ackley doesn't get his act together. (Geoff Young)
2011-10-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)I know there doesnt seem to be any clear updates as of late, but i was curious about whether or not there are rumblings in the industry about whether or not Kendrys Morales' leg injury has progressed any further or if this freak injury looks like it will really derail his career and make ANA/LAA contenders in the 1B market this offseason.
(Keith7971 from ECSU)
You didn't like Mark Trumbo? I realize the OBP issue prevents him from being a star, but he has some value, no? (Kevin Goldstein)
2011-05-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Now that Kendrys Morales is out for the year (and his career is a little less sunny), do you think the Halos would/could package Trumbo and some other cost-controlled pieces to the Brewers for Fielder? Do you think the Brewers hold onto Fielder regardless of the standings for 2011?
(dianagramr from NYC)
They could, but I don't see why they would. Fielder will be testing the waters anyway, and the Angels are just as likely to sign him in the offseason coming from Milwaukee or some other team than they are if he was already in Los Angeles of Anaheim.

The Brewers will hang on to Fielder as long as they possibly can. If there's any chance at the playoffs, I can't see them trading him. Too many chips in the pot. They'll have to be really out of it (or get a fantastic offer) to put him on the block. (Larry Granillo)
2010-06-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Tommy, thanks for chatting. What's the funnier Tracy Morgan SNL sketch, Brian Fellows or Astronaut Jones? Because neither of those is as funny as my second and third round picks of Grady Sizemore and Kendry Morales earlier this season.
(bctowns from Chicago, IL)
Really important question. I think the ceiling on Fellows was always higher, but Astronaut Jones was more consistent.

Also, my condolences. (Tommy Bennett)
2010-03-24 11:00:00 (link to chat)I thought it was weak that in the latest SI article about Kendry Morales they quoted Baseball Prospectus as saying something along the lines that Morales will only be a bench player. I don't have the magizine in front of me so I don't know who wrote it but in last years edition of BP it clearly stated Morales will be a good sleeper. When something like this happens do you guys shoot off an email to the writer and straighten him out? Maybe I was reading too much into it.
(ziti from sarasota)
I think it was an older quote, which is a different sort of thing ("the breakout was unexpected"). The work that Nate and Christina did on Cuban translations suggested caution about Morales, which turned out to be warranted for quite some time. That he broke out last year is a testament to his pure skills and dedication, I think, rather than his projection at the time he signed. (Tommy Bennett)
2010-02-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)thoughts on Joey Votto this year? he seems to be all over the place in everyone's rankings.
(sawred14 from Forked River, NJ)
Vottosaurus Rex is great, I just have to figure out how great when compared to other first basemen. 1B is seriously stacked--Kendry Morales was just a little above-average last year despite the great line he put up. I like Votto more than most though--dude is what people thought/think Justin Morneau is. (Marc Normandin)
2009-11-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)Has anyone credible seen Chapman hit 99 mph as some reports are saying? i can just see him coming to the U.S.and working 91-92 mph. The next Cuban defector plays up to 60% of his hype level will be the first.
(mafrth77 from Boston)
Kendry Morales and his .924 OPS say hello, as does Yunel Escobar. To answer your quesiton, Chapman has pitched in many international tourneys in front of many credible folks. He is not a myth. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-03-19 15:00:00 (link to chat)is all the luster off of former prospect Alex Gordon? What happened there? Also what should we expect from Kendry Morales, 15-20 hrs?
(moonkyu from sf)
I still have faith in Gordon continuing to improve, and while we're at it, gimme Kendry Morales in the my sleeper pool. I think PECOTA is WAY low on him. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-12-23 14:00:00 (link to chat)Now that the Yanks have Tex, is there anywhere for Manny to go but the Dodgers?
(Ken from Los Angeles, CA)
There's certainly an element of logic to it, because I don't really see him getting anything resembling his wished-for compensation almost anywhere else. It might be funny to see the Angels get in on him, though, with Kendry Morales at first and Vladi and Manny alternating between their respective corners and the DH slot, Juan Rivera bouncing between right and left depending on which one's DHing... that's be fun, if nothing else. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-12-10 14:00:00 (link to chat)If tex goes to Boston, what do the Angels do?
(gpbarn9 from Lex)
I think they give Kendry Morales another shot, and pocket the money for a better time. They probably like Aybar too much to chasae Furcal, and they don't need another corner OF. I suppose they could sign Dunn for 1B. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-06-20 13:30:00 (link to chat)OK one more, since you brought it up. He's hurt at the moment with a quad strain, but what do you think Kendry Morales can do at the big league level immediately, and in the future?
(deadmonkeyhead from CA)
Outhit Garret Anderson and Gary Matthews Jr. (Joe Sheehan)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2010-04-05 09:30:00Season Opener RoundtableHideki Matsui and Kendry Morales go back-to-back off of Jose Mijares. Probably not what the Twins were hoping their lefty specialist would do in that situation. (Dan Wade)
 

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