Twins Top 10 Prospects #8: Angel Morales
Angel Morales (born November 24th, 1989) is an outfielder in the Minnesota Twins organization. Standing 6’1″ tall and weighing 180 lbs. Morales was drafted in the third round of the 2007 draft out of the Puerto Rican Baseball Academy in Gurabo, Puerto Rico.
When he was drafted, it was thought Morales would be a good prospect with excellent speed, great range and the ability to get on base. He quickly started to evolve into one of the Twins best power prospects. In 2008 he hit 15 home runs in 218 at bats at Elizabethton. In 2009 he hit 13 home runs in 418 at bats in Beloit. The lesser home run totals were to be expected as he moved up but in 2010 he only hit 5 home runs while splitting time between Beloit and Ft. Myers.
Morales has always had a very patient approach which is usually something that has to be learned as a prospect moves through the minor leagues. He is said to make very good contact on pitches and can hit to all fields. Morales is only 21 years old so he still has plenty of time to grow into his body. It is a very good sign that he has such a patient approach at such a young age, the power will come in time.
Morales also has great speed and can play any of the outfield positions. He has more than enough range to play centerfield which helps him out quite a bit. His arm is also incredibly strong and accurate. At his current age: Morales has all the necessary tools to develop into a very solid Major League player. As I said earlier, fans should not worry about the power number but focus on his on base percentage. As long as that stays high, I don’t see why he can’t continue to work his way up in the Twins system.
With a glut of outfielders in the minor leagues, it helps a lot that Morales has the ability to play all outfield positions. His ability to make contact and run around on the bases makes him a great fit with the Twins. Morales will not be making an appearance in the big leagues this year and most likely not even next year. Expect Morales to be ready sometime in the next three years. The Twins have plenty of time to wait with the 21-year-old.
They will have to make the decision after this season if they want to add him to the 40 man roster or risk losing him in the next Rule 5 draft. It is still so early in his career that no one can truly say how Morales will turn out, he has all the tools and just needs to keep improving. There is no reason to think he will not be given a opportunity to succeed at the major league level in the future, whether it’s with the Twins or another ball club.