Monday, August 11, 2008
A 3rd round draft pick in 2007, Angel Morales was drafted by the Twins as a speedy outfielder whose toolbox was full, but needed significant polish.
I've been watching Morales for a couple of months and he looks to be turning a corner. During the month of June, his K/BB ratio was a miserable 16/1, but his July/August ratios have shown significant improvement (2.4/1). He has produced all season as evidenced by his .322/.428/.623 line, but his 57 strikeouts in 146 at bats are worrisome and will need significant improvement. Fortunately, Morales will be only 19 in November and still has time to fine tune his offensive approach.
Morales was signed last week in a league I participate in with 30 minors keepers so it's safe to say he is already a blip on many owners radars. My recommendation would be to sign him in the deepest of leagues with minors keepers and watch him closely in shallow leagues. He may be facing a position change with Ben Revere moving to the FSL next season and Aaron Hicks manning center in the Midwest League. With his cannon arm, Morales and either Revere or Hicks would make for an awfully impressive outfield tandem.