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Franklin Morales | Starting Pitcher

Team: Colorado Rockies
Age / DOB:  (28) / 1/24/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 210
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Franklin Morales pitched six innings of one-run ball to earn his first win as the Rockies topped the Padres 3-1 on Thursday.
It was Morales' first win as a starter since last May 30 and his first win as a Rockie since 2009. He had lost each of his last eight decisions for the Rockies since Aug. 2, 2009. Of course, he did spend the last 2 1/2 years with the Red Sox before being traded back to Colorado over the winter. Morales isn't currently worth owning in NL-only leagues. Apr 17 - 10:02 PM

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Franklin Morales allowed six runs on eight hits over 6 1/3 innings in a loss to the White Sox on Tuesday.

None of the Rockies' pitchers were particularly effective, but it started with Morales. The southpaw gave up eight hits -- including two home runs -- and four walks in the outing, striking out just three. Morales won a starting job with a strong spring, but he's now got a 6.94 ERA and 1.89 WHIP after two turns in the rotation. With Tyler Chatwood on the verge of returning, it could be Morales who finds himself back in the bullpen.
Apr 9 - 12:41 AM

Franklin Morales yielded three runs in 5 1/3 innings Thursday afternoon in a no-decision against the Marlins.

Morales, who won the fifth starter job in the spring, was pulled at 90 pitches with two on in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Rockies had the lead at the time, but the bullpen eventually gave it up. The southpaw gave up eight hits and two walks and notched four strikeouts. We're not expecting much fantasy value here, especially with Jhoulys Chacin slated to return fairly soon.
Apr 3 - 4:07 PM

Franklin Morales held the Mariners to one run over 5 1/3 innings on Saturday.

Morales struck out five while also walking five batters on the day. He finishes spring with a 2.10 ERA that earned him the Rockies' fifth starter job to begin the year. That spot may be in jeopardy when Jhoulys Chacin returns next month.
Mar 29 - 6:36 PM

Franklin Morales will be the Rockies' fifth starter to start the season.

Morales owned the competition for the job, posting a 2.21 ERA and 23/6 K/BB ratio over 20 1/3 Cactus League innings this spring. There's enough working against the left-hander that he remains a non-factor for fantasy purposes, though.
Mar 28 - 8:10 PM

Franklin Morales allowed only one unearned run in five innings during Monday's start against the Royals.

Morales allowed three hits and walked one while striking out seven. His spring ERA falls to 2.21 and he now has 23 strikeouts in 20 1/3 innings in the Cactus League. He certainly seems to have performed well enough to merit inclusion in the Rockies' starting rotation.
Mar 24 - 6:04 PM

Franklin Morales pitched decently against the Mariners on Friday, surrendering a pair of runs on two hits in four innings of work.

Morales punched out four on the afternoon without issuing a free pass. He's making a strong case for inclusion in the Rockies Opening Day rotation, posting a 3.97 ERA and 13/2 K/BB ratio through 11 1/3 innings thus far in Cactus League play.
Mar 15 - 12:58 AM

Franklin Morales got the loss as the Rockies fell to the Padres 5-0 on Monday.

Morales allowed three runs on five hits while striking out three in 2 1/3 innings. The lefty is converting back to starting after having been used mostly as a reliever lately. With a solid spring, he hopes earn a spot at the back of the Rockies' rotation.
Mar 10 - 7:16 PM

Franklin Morales allowed a run in three frames against the Rangers on Wednesday.

Morales allowed one run on three hits Wednesday, but didn't issue a walk and struck out five. Having been used mostly as a reliever over the last five seasons, Morales is transitioning back into starting and is hoping to fit into the back of the Rockies' rotation.
Mar 5 - 5:14 PM

Franklin Morales had a strong Cactus League debut in Friday's victory over the Diamondbacks, allowing a hit and a pair of walks in his two scoreless innings.

Morales punched out one on the afternoon. He's being afforded the chance to compete for a spot in the Rockies Opening Day rotation, and certainly has the stuff to be successful in the role provided that he's able to remain healthy.
Feb 28 - 6:57 PM

Thomas Harding of reports that Franklin Morales has his sights set on winning a spot in the Rockies Opening Day rotation.

The 28-year-old southpaw believes he has enough quality pitches to succeed in a starting role, and would much prefer that to being resigned to the bullpen. He has shown past upside in strikeouts, which makes him an interesting option in the later rounds of NL-only formats, but making half of his starts at Coors Field detracts from his overall value.
Feb 16 - 8:15 PM

Rockies and LHP Franklin Morales avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.71 million contract.

The left-hander posted a mediocre 4.62 ERA over 25 1/3 innings with the Red Sox last season and was dealt to the Rockies in exchange for Jonathan Herrera on December 18. He'll be a bullpen arm for Colorado in 2014.
Jan 15 - 9:37 PM

Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Franklin Morales will "likely" get a chance to compete for a spot in the Rockies' rotation.

Just 10 of Morales' 57 appearances at the big league level the last two seasons came as a starter, though he posted a 3.90 ERA with 49 strikeouts over 50 2/3 innings in those starts. A lack of control means he won't ever be the frontline starter many thought he could be in his prospect days, but the Rockies are apparently prepared to see if Morales can thrown enough strikes to beat out Juan Nicasio for the No. 5 spot.
Jan 2 - 6:42 PM

Rockies acquired LHP Franklin Morales and RHP Chris Martin from the Red Sox for 2B Jonathan Herrera.

Morales returns to where he was once one of baseball's top prospects. That was years ago, of course (pre-2008, to be exact, when Baseball America tabbed Morales the eighth-best prospect in the galaxy), and control problems have relegated Morales to being a fungible bullpen arm. He offered Boston a decent 3.90 ERA over 134 innings the past three years.
Wed, Dec 18, 2013 02:12:00 PM

Red Sox activated LHP Franklin Morales from the 15-day disabled list.

Morales has been out since June 22 due to a pectoral injury, but was cleared to return after completing his minor league rehab assignment. The Red Sox have optioned Pedro Beato to clear a spot on the 25-man roster.
Sat, Aug 10, 2013 01:31:00 PM

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C1Wilin Rosario
2Jordan Pacheco
1B1Justin Morneau
2B1D.J. LeMahieu
2Charlie Culberson
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Josh Rutledge
3B1Nolan Arenado
LF1Carlos Gonzalez
2Corey Dickerson
CF1Charlie Blackmon
2Drew Stubbs
3Brandon Barnes
RF1Michael Cuddyer
Starting Pitcher
S1Jhoulys Chacin
2Jorge De La Rosa
3Brett Anderson
4Tyler Chatwood
5Juan Nicasio
6Jordan Lyles
7Franklin Morales
Relief Pitcher
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2Rex Brothers
3Boone Logan
4Matt Belisle
5Adam Ottavino
6Chad Bettis
7Tommy Kahnle