Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Franklin Morales (47) – Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
Franklin Morales was one of the few free agents signed by the Royals this off season who wasn’t coming off some sort of injury. Even though the trend has been the injured players panning out in Kansas City, Morales has been great too.
The funny thing about the Royals’ bullpen though is that Morales isn’t considered as one of the better relievers.
Beginning his career in 2007 with the Colorado Rockies, where he spent five seasons before eventually winding up with the Boston Red Sox. Morales, despite being on the Red Sox’s 2013 World Series team, didn’t pitch in the World Series and was later sent back to his old team in Colorado.
During his second stint with the Rockies, Morales jumped between a starter role and reliever role and finished 2014 with a not so good 5.37 ERA and 6-9 record in 22 starts and 38 games total. He signed a minor-league deal with Kansas City in February and so far has been a decent pick-up.
The funny thing about the Royals’ bullpen though is that Morales isn’t considered as one of the better relievers. When you have guys like Wade Davis, Greg Holland, Kelvin Herrera, and Ryan Madson pitching relief, it’s tough to be the best. Morales has stated a case as a good reliever this year, however.
Morales has gone 3-0 with a 2.93 ERA in 27 games and 27.2 innings pitched. He’s allowed nine runs during that span and just one home run, striking out 16 batters and only walking six.
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