Franklin Morales

Franklin Morales

For the American diplomat, see Franklin E. Morales.
Franklin Morales
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Franklin Morales, Boston Red Sox at Baltimore Orioles, warming up before the game, September 28, 2011
Boston Red Sox – No. 56
Middle Reliever
Born: (1986-01-24) January 24, 1986 (age 28)
San Juan de los Morros, Venezuela
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
August 18, 2007 for the Colorado Rockies
Career statistics
(through 2013 season)
Win-loss record 13-18
Earned run average 4.38
Strikeouts 242

Franklin Miguel Morales (born January 24, 1986) is an Venezuelan professional baseball pitcher with the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball. A power-throwing left-hander, Morales was seen as one of the leading prospects in the Rockies farm system.[1]

Baseball career

Colorado Rockies

He made his Major League debut on August 18, 2007, against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He pitched 5 innings, gave up one run, but got a no-decision. In 2007, Morales was selected to the All-Star Futures Game at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

Morales is known for his very distinctive and effective pickoff-move.

On April 29, 2008, Morales was optioned to the Colorado Rockies Triple-A affiliate Colorado Springs Sky Sox in response to sub-par performance during the early 2008 Major League season.

In spring training in 2009, Morales led all pitchers in pickoffs, with 5, in 28 innings.Colorado Springs Sky Sox. He was called back up and has been pitching from the bullpen since July 7.

Boston Red Sox

On May 19, 2011, Morales was acquired by the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named later or cash considerations.[2] On May 22, he made his debut appearance for the Red Sox in a game against the Chicago Cubs.

Near the end of the 2012 season, Morales was injured. He was diagnosed with a shoulder injury. He had a starting job before September and stuck with it until his injury. In the offseason he will train to be a starter for 2013. As he will most likely be slotted into the rotation. On January 16, 2012, Morales signed a one-year deal worth $850K with the Red Sox, avoiding arbitration.[3]


External links

Baseball portal
Venezuela portal
  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference (Minors)

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