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Birth Date1-24-1986
Height6' 1"
Weight210 lbs
Age28 years, 8 months, 8 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
-0.62010
0.22011
0.72012
-0.12013
0.52014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP
2007 COL 21 8 8 39.3 39.3 0.0 3 2 0 0 2 0 163 34 15 15 2 48 14 13 2 26 3.43 3.74 5.11 4.8 0.5
2008 COL 22 5 5 25.3 25.3 0.0 1 2 0 0 2 0 120 28 18 18 2 47 17 15 1 9 6.39 5.55 6.66 -1.9 -0.2
2009 COL 23 40 2 40.0 8.0 32.0 3 2 7 2 1 0 179 38 22 20 4 53 23 19 1 41 4.50 4.11 4.41 4.6 0.4
2010 COL 24 35 0 28.7 0.0 28.7 0 4 3 5 0 0 140 28 22 20 5 47 24 22 3 27 6.28 6.32 6.73 -5.8 -0.6
2011 BOS 25 36 0 32.3 0.0 32.3 1 1 0 0 0 0 134 30 15 13 4 53 11 11 2 31 3.62 3.96 4.67 2.9 0.3
2011 COL 25 14 0 14.0 0.0 14.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 59 10 6 6 2 21 8 7 0 11 3.86 4.99 6.06 -1.0 -0.1
2012 BOS 26 37 9 76.3 45.7 30.7 3 4 1 0 3 0 325 64 38 32 11 108 30 27 6 76 3.77 4.34 4.82 7.8 0.7
2013 BOS 27 20 1 25.3 5.0 20.3 2 2 0 1 0 0 112 24 13 13 2 34 15 13 3 21 4.62 4.58 5.31 -0.6 -0.1
2014 COL 28 38 22 142.3 118.7 23.7 6 9 0 0 8 1 646 166 90 85 24 274 65 61 6 100 5.37 5.39 6.05 0.8 0.1
Career23347423.7242.0181.71927118161187842223922256685207188243424.724.835.5211.61.2

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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2004 CAS Rk 15 15 65.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .447 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 ASH A 21 15 96.3 4.58 91 .214 .255 .334 .387 .261 .289 77 17.1 1.7 17.1 1.7
2006 MOD A+ 27 26 154.2 4.50 88 .254 .274 .349 .413 .280 .288 74 24.3 2.4 24.3 2.4
2007 COL MLB 8 8 39.3 5.11 97 .222 .269 .331 .430 .261 .269 103 3.6 0.4 4.8 0.5
2007 TUL AA 17 17 95.7 5.68 79 .234 .252 .330 .377 .250 .262 102 1.4 0.1 1.7 0.3
2007 CSP AAA 3 3 17.0 5.35 111 .261 .269 .324 .424 .251 .422 123 3.4 0.3 4.9 0.5
2008 COL MLB 5 5 25.3 6.66 64 .289 .250 .318 .396 .249 .286 105 -1.6 -0.2 -1.9 -0.2
2008 CSP AAA 21 21 110.3 7.36 78 .269 .269 .342 .429 .253 .298 120 2.5 0.2 4.0 0.4
2009 COL MLB 40 2 40.0 4.41 106 .259 .258 .328 .417 .263 .309 104 4.0 0.4 4.6 0.4
2009 CSP AAA 8 8 41.3 5.28 103 .240 .272 .343 .424 .265 .304 117 6.2 0.6 5.2 0.5
2009 CAR Wnt 1 0 1.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2010 COL MLB 35 0 28.7 6.73 47 .314 .252 .324 .403 .269 .284 100 -5.8 -0.6 -5.8 -0.6
2010 CSP AAA 24 0 30.3 5.35 104 .226 .279 .356 .429 .271 .239 107 3.8 0.4 3.2 0.3
2011 BOS MLB 36 0 32.3 4.67 103 .259 .258 .318 .411 .263 .302 108 2.9 0.3 2.9 0.3
2011 COL MLB 14 0 14.0 6.06 72 .246 .247 .312 .376 .252 .211 114 -1.0 -0.1 -1.0 -0.1
2011 PAW AAA 6 0 6.3 7.28 22 .252 .256 .325 .411 .259 .118 92 -1.8 -0.2 -1.8 -0.2
2011 CAR Wnt 21 0 22.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .174 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 BOS MLB 37 9 76.3 4.82 94 .249 .252 .319 .405 .262 .262 102 7.5 0.8 7.8 0.7
2013 BOS MLB 20 1 25.3 5.31 80 .274 .260 .319 .400 .263 .310 103 -0.4 -0.0 -0.6 -0.1
2013 GRN A 1 1 3.0 5.29 92 .165 .246 .323 .355 .278 .125 108 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.0
2013 PME AA 3 2 8.0 2.05 155 .259 .249 .320 .389 .258 .400 104 3.6 0.4 3.6 0.4
2013 PAW AAA 5 2 11.3 9.44 -15 .197 .255 .333 .396 .258 .087 97 -1.3 -0.1 -1.3 -0.1
2014 COL MLB 38 22 142.3 6.05 75 .292 .251 .305 .384 .258 .315 121 -1.6 -0.2 0.8 0.1

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
2004 CAS Rk 6 4 0 15 15 65.0 92 39 82 8 0% .447 12.7 5.4 1.1 11.4 2.02 7.62 0.0 0.0
2005 ASH A 8 4 1 21 15 96.3 73 48 108 6 57% .289 6.8 4.5 0.6 10.1 1.26 3.08 17.1 1.7
2006 MOD A+ 10 9 0 27 26 154.2 126 89 179 9 49% .288 7.4 5.2 0.5 10.4 1.39 3.68 24.3 2.4
2007 COL MLB 3 2 0 8 8 39.3 34 14 26 2 57% .269 7.8 3.2 0.5 5.9 1.22 3.43 4.8 0.5
2007 TUL AA 3 4 0 17 17 95.7 77 45 77 8 48% .262 7.2 4.2 0.8 7.2 1.27 3.48 1.7 0.3
2007 CSP AAA 2 0 0 3 3 17.0 20 13 16 1 41% .422 10.6 6.9 0.5 8.5 1.94 3.71 4.9 0.5
2008 COL MLB 1 2 0 5 5 25.3 28 17 9 2 41% .286 9.9 6.0 0.7 3.2 1.78 6.39 -1.9 -0.2
2008 CSP AAA 10 5 0 21 21 110.3 108 82 83 14 45% .298 8.8 6.7 1.1 6.8 1.72 5.47 4.0 0.4
2009 COL MLB 3 2 7 40 2 40.0 38 23 41 4 32% .309 8.6 5.2 0.9 9.2 1.52 4.50 4.6 0.4
2009 CSP AAA 2 2 0 8 8 41.3 39 19 37 4 45% .304 8.5 4.1 0.9 8.1 1.40 3.49 5.2 0.5
2009 CAR Wnt 0 0 0 1 0 1.0 0 0 1 0 0% .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 9.0 0.00 0.00 0.0 0.0
2010 COL MLB 0 4 3 35 0 28.7 28 24 27 5 40% .284 8.8 7.5 1.6 8.5 1.81 6.28 -5.8 -0.6
2010 CSP AAA 3 0 1 24 0 30.3 20 19 34 3 39% .239 5.9 5.6 0.9 10.1 1.29 2.67 3.2 0.3
2011 CAR Wnt 0 1 6 21 0 22.0 8 4 26 0 0% .174 3.3 1.6 0.0 10.6 0.55 0.00 0.0 0.0
2011 PAW AAA 0 0 0 6 0 6.3 3 3 6 1 17% .118 4.3 4.3 1.4 8.5 0.95 1.42 -1.8 -0.2
2011 BOS MLB 1 1 0 36 0 32.3 30 11 31 4 31% .302 8.4 3.1 1.1 8.6 1.27 3.62 2.9 0.3
2011 COL MLB 0 1 0 14 0 14.0 10 8 11 2 32% .211 6.4 5.1 1.3 7.1 1.29 3.86 -1.0 -0.1
2012 BOS MLB 3 4 1 37 9 76.3 64 30 76 11 40% .262 7.5 3.5 1.3 9.0 1.23 3.77 7.8 0.7
2013 GRN A 0 0 0 1 1 3.0 1 2 1 0 12% .125 3.0 6.0 0.0 3.0 1.00 0.00 0.3 0.0
2013 PAW AAA 0 1 0 5 2 11.3 5 3 12 3 35% .087 4.0 2.4 2.4 9.5 0.71 4.76 -1.3 -0.1
2013 PME AA 1 0 0 3 2 8.0 10 2 7 0 44% .400 11.2 2.2 0.0 7.9 1.50 1.12 3.6 0.4
2013 BOS MLB 2 2 0 20 1 25.3 24 15 21 2 40% .310 8.5 5.3 0.7 7.5 1.54 4.62 -0.6 -0.1
2014 COL MLB 6 9 0 38 22 142.3 166 65 100 24 45% .315 10.5 4.1 1.5 6.3 1.62 5.37 0.8 0.1

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
2008 471 0.4735 0.3928 0.8973 0.5964 0.2097 0.9323 0.8077 0.1027
2009 700 0.5000 0.4214 0.7831 0.6171 0.2257 0.8472 0.6076 0.2169
2010 533 0.5216 0.4334 0.8312 0.6295 0.2196 0.8800 0.6786 0.1688
2011 767 0.5280 0.4550 0.7966 0.6247 0.2652 0.8340 0.6979 0.2034
2012 1335 0.5019 0.4562 0.7586 0.6313 0.2797 0.8251 0.6075 0.2397
2013 440 0.4932 0.4159 0.7705 0.5899 0.2466 0.8594 0.5636 0.2295
2014 2413 0.5271 0.4637 0.8186 0.6384 0.2691 0.8781 0.6612 0.1778
Career66590.51280.44610.80370.62630.25660.86190.65430.1947

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2013-06-23 2013-08-10 15-DL 48 41 Left Chest Strain Pectoral - -
2013-03-22 2013-05-28 15-DL 67 52 - Low Back Recovery From Cartilage Injury Bulging Disc - -
2013-02-28 2013-03-22 Camp 22 0 - Low Back Cartilage Injury Bulging Disc - -
2013-02-19 2013-02-27 Camp 8 0 - Low Back Stiffness - -
2012-08-24 2012-10-04 60-DL 41 37 Left Shoulder Fatigue - -
2012-02-28 2012-03-21 Camp 22 0 Left Shoulder Weakness - -
2011-05-26 2011-06-28 15-DL 33 28 Left Forearm Strain -
2011-04-15 2011-04-16 DTD 1 1 Right Ankle Sprain - -
2010-05-06 2010-06-02 15-DL 27 24 Left Shoulder Inflammation -
2009-04-22 2009-06-12 15-DL 51 47 Left Shoulder Strain -
2009-01-22 2009-01-22 Off 0 0 Low Back Soreness Almost All Last Season -
2007-05-02 2007-05-23 Minors 21 0 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 COL $1,712,500
2013 BOS $1,487,500
2012 BOS $850,000
2011 COL $424,000
2010 COL $406,000
2009 COL $402,000
2008 COL $391,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
6 yrPrevious$3,960,500
2011Current$1,712,500
7 yrPvs + Cur$5,673,000
7 yrTotal$5,673,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
5 y 7 dSFX1 year/$1.7125M (2014)

Details
  • 1 year/$1.7125M (2014). Re-signed by Colorado 1/16/14 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$1.4875M (2013). Re-signed by Boston 1/18/13 (avoided arbitration). Acquired by Colorado in trade from Boston 12/18/13.
  • 1 year/$0.85M (2012). Signed by Boston 1/17/12 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.424M (2011). Re-signed by Colorado 3/11. Acquired by Boston in trade from Colorado 5/20/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Re-signed by Colorado 3/5/10.
  • 1 year/$0.402M (2009). Re-signed by Colorado 3/4/09 (split contract, $71,966 in minors).
  • 1 year/$0.391M (2008). Re-signed by Colorado 2/08.
  • 1 year (2007). Contract purchased by Colorado 8/18/07.
  • Signed by Colorado 11/02 as an amateur free agent from the Dominican Republic.

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .194 .280 .259 .214
11 vs R (Multi) .265 .370 .458 .286
18 Split (Multi) -.071 -.091 -.199 -.072
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.026 -.032 -.063 -.030
30 vs L (2013) .184 .262 .184 .197
31 vs R (2013) .304 .443 .482 .310
38 Split (2013) -.119 -.181 -.298 -.113
39 LgAvg (2013) -.025 -.031 -.062 -.029

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2013-06-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Paul, please list a few pitchers that could have that Kris Medlen like run in the 2nd half. And maybe some bullpen arms that if they move into a starting role, could have real value in mixed leagues. Oh and hello Curtis!
(andtinez from Houston)
Franklin Morales (Rubby or Webster, too, but neither is currently in their pen) and Tony Cingrani (obv, but he fits the model now) are currently in pens. Guys who could just make a big run who aren't currently in a rotation: Erasmo Ramirez, Trevor Rosenthal (prob more 2014 if he's gonna be an SP again), Alex Colome, and Tim Stauffer. http://pauls.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/hiandrew.jpg (Paul Sporer)
2011-12-02 14:00:00 (link to chat)Kevin can you give us the prospect you were most wrong about in terms of you thinking he wasn't very good and he became a star and the reverse of that? You loved him and he stunk?
(Walton Goggins from NYC)
There's been a lot. Franklin Morales? Andy LaRoche? Brandon Wood? (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-08-04 14:00:00 (link to chat)What is Franklin Morales' ultimate ceiling and role?
(FrankieFan from Denver)
Quality starting pitcher. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-04-08 15:00:00 (link to chat)I heard Franklin Morales had a drop in velocity last season, does he have it back or is he just having a good day?
(Bill from Toronto)
I'm optimistic. Reports out of Venezuela this winter were very encouraging. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-04-10 16:30:00 (link to chat)Hey Christina, any thoughts on Ubaldo Jimenez and Franklin Morales so far this year? They've thrown a combined 13IP 8H 1ER 4BB 1HR 14K. Sample size + control problems. But those K numbers look pretty good.
(Jason from Devner)
You don't need me or even Kevin to tell you those guys are talented; it's just a good bit of news for the Rox that in the year Jeff Francis is out, those two might be squared away to join Aaron Cook and give the team a trio they can project playing key roles years into the future. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-07-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)No mention recently of Franklin Morales that I can find anywhere on BP. Since he's one of Kevin's darlings, I find the silence maddening. Sure, young pitchers are going to struggle, but this is awful! And if I may indulge, shouldn't the Reds sign Dunn for 3 years, put him in LF, Bruce in RF, and find a decent CF? This team is close enough to contending with the talent they have that leaving 2 giant holes in the OF (the result of trading Dunn) would be a mistake. Do you agree?
(rgrunder from dayton, oh)
Hey, between the struggling that's explicable in any environment, and the possible exaggeration of that encouraged by having to pitch in Coors Field, I think it's OK to chill. People were in a hurry to write off Edinson Volquez not so long ago, after all.

As for Dunn, the seeming disinterest in him is sort of fascinating, to the point that yes, it might be interesting to see if he'd agree to a multi-year deal to stay put, since it might now cost the Reds less than it would have a year ago. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-04-29 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is Franklin Morales ever going to turn it around?
(jrfukudome from Chicago)
Franklin Morales is two months older than I am. He has plenty of time to turn it around, though it won't happen in Colorado if he can't A) cut down on the walks and B) induce grounders like he did last year. He's a lefty with excellent stuff, and Kevin Goldstein ranked him #13 on his top 100 prospects this year. Give him some time to learn on the job, and we'll talk after that. (Marc Normandin)
2008-04-01 14:00:00 (link to chat)KG--your articles and prospect updates are getting me through law school--thank you! What do you expect Franklin Morales's line to look like at the end of the year? Big split between the first and second half? Could he have some value in a fairly deep mixed league as a match-up guy?
(Matt from Saint Paul)
Dude, quit reading me and study more. We need good lawyers. Gimme a 4.61 ERA, 173.2 IP, 173 H, 78 BB, 148 Ks.

Wait, 146 Ks. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-03-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Steve, what are your thoughts on the development of Franklin Morales? Does he end up needing a good portion of the year in AAA? What is his ceiling? Thanks.
(Dan from NYC)
He's pitched well in small exposures this spring, but I worry about consistency in the short term. As with many young lefties there are control issues to sort out. His ceiling is quite high-Guru Goldstein pegged him at #13 overall on his top 100 prospect list, with great stuff. I think it's all down to command. Humidor and great defense or no, a pitcher is not going to survive at Coors by walking guys. (Steven Goldman)
2008-03-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Ronny Cedeno and Eric Patterson--are they in the Cubs' plans for '08? Should they be? If I may indulge one more, what do you expect from Franklin Morales in '08 and down the road? Thanks!
(jromero from seattle)
At the moment it certainly doesn't seem like either is the Cub's first choice for a starting spot in the middle infield. Theriot would be pretty easy to displace at short, but Cedeno, as good as his minor-league numbers are, simply hasn't hit in his major-league opportunities.

As for Patterson, the Cubs are even deeper at 2B, with Mark De Rosa and Mike Fontenot, another Piniella favorite ahead of him. Patterson's got youth and more upside, but the other two were a pretty capable tandem last year, and PECOTA likes both of them - they're .360 OBPs and average-plus fielders, whereas Patterson's a .340 OBP type with below-average D.

Morales - as critical a part of the Rox run last year, I see him struggling a little bit. He's got to cut down the walks to succeed at Coors. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-01-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)What makes Franklin Morales so superior to Jake McGee? I'm not insinuating that he isn't -- I'd just like to hear you contrast the two.
(doog7642 from Blaine, MN)
Is there some kind of Jake McGee fan club that I'm unaware of, and if so, have they called for some kind of fatwa against me? I have a million McGee questions. And while I say this alot about guys, I'll say it again here -- I have McGee as the No. 40 prospect in baseball -- how is that an insult?

Now let's compare him to Morales. Both are lefties, both have plus-plus velocity. After that, Morales easily wins on better breaking ball, and wins again with better changeup. There are a number of people who think McGee's limited arsenal make him a reliever in the end, and I get no such opinions when talking to scouts about Morales. That's the big difference. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-01-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)how good can Ubaldo Jimenez be in 08?
(tycobb from ga)
Really good, because the arm strength is there and a good second half is going to leave him with the requisite amount of confidence. But for Ubaldo, everything is going to be about fastball command. In analyzing Franklin Morales, Kevin Goldstein talked about Morales realizing he's better 93-95 than 96-98, a lesson I'm not sure Ubaldo has yet grasped. (Bryan Smith)
2008-01-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you see Franklin Morales splitting time this season between the Rockies and the minors in light of their recent pitcher signings? What is his best comparable at this point in his development?
(Rob from Newton, NJ)
He was rushed last season, getting by on talent about half the time, and not so much the other half. Start him back at Double-A, then move him up, and if he succeeds all year, slot him into the rotation in August.

The only defense of the Wells/Redman signings is that it allows then to execute that kind of plan with Morales.

Comp? Hmmmm...Arthur Rhodes? I'm probably getting too caught up in his lefthandedness. He also reminds me a little of Kelvim Escobar, if that helps. (Joe Sheehan)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2010-04-05 09:30:00Season Opener RoundtableTedSox9 (Bristol, England.): Just watched Franklin Morales close out the Brewers - Rockies game, he was throwing 96 consistently from the start (even though he was pretty erratic). Could Morales potentially take over from Fuentes on a full-time basis in your opinion?

I have to say that I didn't watch that particular game, but this sounds like a good candidate for "Just because you throw 96, it does not make you a good closer" the same way that being fast doesn't make you a good leadoff hitter. (Russell A. Carleton)
2009-10-12 15:00:00Phillies/Rockies Playoffs Roundtablessimon (Pelham, NY): KG - do the Rockies have a Joba/Hughes issue with Franklin Morales? And we don't hear about it because it's not in NY?

Not quite, at least from where I sit. After a tantalizing debut in 2007, Morales had a horrible 2008, and just as he was making some positive strides he hurt his shoulder early in the year, so he spent a couple months in the minors before coming up and doing what he probably should have done last year: pitch relief. I can see your point in that Tracy sees his future as a closer, and maybe that's how it's going to be, but the reason there isn't as much hype surrounding him is because he hasn't shown nearly as much on the big stage, either in the rotation or relief.

Kevin may have something to add. (Jay Jaffe)
 

PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Franklin Morales has thrown 7,452 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2014, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2014, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (92mph) and Cutter (88mph), also mixing in a Sinker (92mph), Curve (75mph) and Splitter (83mph). He also rarely throws a Slider (82mph).