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Franklin Morales | Relief Pitcher

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (29) / 1/24/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 210
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Royals purchased the contract of LHP Franklin Morales from Triple-A Omaha.
Morales posted a 6.55 ERA this spring but did strike out 13 over 11 innings. The left-hander will work in middle relief. Apr 5 - 2:57 PM

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Royals signed LHP Franklin Morales to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Morales was terrible in Colorado last season while splitting time between the rotation and bullpen, posting a 5.37 ERA and 1.62 WHIP. He's worth a shot on a minor league deal, and the Royals have an opening in their bullpen for a second lefty.
Feb 19 - 8:54 PM

Franklin Morales surrendered four earned runs in four innings Saturday in a loss to the Cardinals.

Matt Holliday and Matt Carpenter both homered off him. Morales is now 6-8 with a rough 5.32 ERA and 1.62 WHIP in 138 2/3 innings this season. He will take on the Diamondbacks at home next time out.
Sat, Sep 13, 2014 10:50:00 PM

Franklin Morales threw six scoreless innings in Sunday's win over the Padres.

It was a rare gem from Morales, who gave up just four hits and walked two in the win. The left-hander struck out six over his six innings. The win moved him to 6-7 with a 5.21 ERA on the year. He's got a tougher matchup with the Cardinals in St. Louis up next on Saturday.
Sun, Sep 7, 2014 09:19:00 PM

Franklin Morales gave up seven runs in four and a third innings on Monday.

Another no good, very bad start for Morales. He allowed nine hits, struck out three and walked four in his time on the mound. The only reason he didn't pick up the loss is that the Rockies' offense was equal to the task of neutralizing Morales' numbers, as the team came back from a 7-2 deficit to actually take a 9-7 lead before the Giants tied it in the ninth (the Rockies would win it in the bottom of the frame). There's not much to analyze here. This marks the second start in Morales' last three in which he's given up at least six runs. On the season, he has a 5.46 ERA, a 1.64 WHIP and a BAA of .299. He'll take on the Padres in his next outing.
Mon, Sep 1, 2014 09:38:00 PM

Franklin Morales tossed six innings of one-run ball in a no-decision against the Giants on Wednesday.

Morales turned back the clock to the days when he was decent, striking out six, walking one, and scattering six hits. Unfortunately for Morales, he watched Juan Nicasio serve up a walk-off homer to Buster Posey, spoiling arguably his second best start of the season (the best coming in April against these very same Giants). So it's a good thing that Morales has a rematch against San Francisco in Denver next week, though you've got to have more intestinal fortitude that we do to trust him in fantasy for it.
Thu, Aug 28, 2014 01:17:00 AM

Franklin Morales gave up six runs on eight hits over four innings on Friday.

Morales was yanked from the game after he walked Casey McGehee to force in a run in the fifth inning with nobody out. Brooks Brown walked Jarrod Saltalamacchia one out later to finish off Morales' line. The lefty has struggled this season and currently sports a 5.32 ERA and a 1.61 WHIP.
Sat, Aug 23, 2014 02:45:00 AM

Franklin Morales has been scratched from Friday's scheduled start versus the Reds.

Morales is expecting the birth of his child. Matt Belisle will start in his place and will be followed by a host of relievers. Morales has not been placed on paternity leave.
Fri, Aug 15, 2014 04:56:00 PM

Franklin Morales allowed three runs -- two earned -- over six innings against the Diamondbacks on Sunday.

Morales gave up five hits and two walks on the afternoon. He left without factoring in the decision, leaving him winless since July 8. He was able to get his ERA below 5.00, a good step for the left-hander. Morales will next take on the Reds on Friday.
Sun, Aug 10, 2014 10:53:00 PM

Franklin Morales will start for the Rockies on Sunday.

Morales was bumped to the bullpen with the return of Jordan Lyles, but with Brett Anderson back on the shelf he gets another opportunity. He owns a 5.14 ERA and 1.62 WHIP on the year and should continue to be avoided in most fantasy formats.
Fri, Aug 8, 2014 11:01:00 PM

Franklin Morales has been moved back to the Rockies' bullpen.

He's being moved there to accommodate the return of Jordan Lyles from the disabled list. Morales has been decent in his most recent stint in the rotation but holds a 5.14 ERA and 1.62 WHIP overall this season, so the move comes as no surprise. Yohan Flande will keep a spot in the rotation.
Tue, Aug 5, 2014 07:20:00 PM

Franklin Morales posted a quality start in Friday's loss to the Tigers, allowing three runs on six hits over his six frames.

The hard-throwing southpaw also issued four walks on the evening and struck out a pair. He made it through the first four innings unscathed, but the Tigers broke through for three runs in the fifth inning, highlighted by a two-run single from Rajai Davis. Morales will look to get back in the win column when he takes on the Cubs at home on Thursday.
Fri, Aug 1, 2014 10:09:00 PM

Franklin Morales allowed just two runs but walked five over four innings in Sunday's no-decision against the Pirates.

Morales needed 99 pitches to get 12 outs, as the Pirates also collected six hits against the left-hander before he departed. Morales has just two wins since April as he's shuttled between the bullpen and the starting rotation, owning a 5.18 ERA and 1.61 WHIP on the year. He'll face the Tigers on Friday, but fantasy owners have no reason to take notice of his schedule at this point.
Sun, Jul 27, 2014 09:18:00 PM

Franklin Morales allowed two runs (one earned) over five innings in a no-decision as the Rockies fell to the Dodgers on Thursday.

Morales, making his first start since May 31, pitched well in opposition to Zack Greinke. The lefty replaced the injured Jhoulys Chacin in the rotation. Morales allowed four hits, walked two, and struck out four in the effort. He sports a 5.51 ERA, a 1.54 WHIP, and a 56/33 K/BB ratio. He'll start against the Padres at home next week. While he is a poor fantasy option, the light-hitting Padres do make him an interesting one-off candidate.
Thu, Jul 3, 2014 11:24:00 PM

Franklin Morales will take Jhoulys Chacin's (shoulder) spot in the Rockies' rotation on Thursday against the Dodgers.

Morales has been awful in the rotation this season, putting up a 6.13 ERA over 11 outings. However, unless they want to promote Jonathan Gray (and it's clear at this point that they don't), the options are limited. Morales can be avoided in fantasy circles.
Source: Denver Post
Mon, Jun 30, 2014 07:41:00 PM

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