Francisco Morales
19-Year-Old PitcherRP
2019 Fantasy Outlook
For a 6-foot-4, 18-year-old hurler with electric stuff pitching in the New York-Penn League, which is heavily populated with college draftees, not all statistics matter. In fact, all that really matters is the sharpness of the stuff and a clean bill of health at the end of the year. Morales gets a check in both boxes. He stayed on turn for his 13 starts and notched a 26.4 K% -- the second-best mark by a teenager in the NYPL. His fastball, which he gets great extension on, continues to trend as a future 80-grade weapon. It sat at 93-96 mph and touched 98 mph, and given his size, the expectation is that the pitch will touch triple digits by the time he reaches the big leagues. He also has a plus slider and his changeup is ahead of schedule. He often struggled to throw strikes (12.8 BB%), but that should not come as a surprise, given his size, age and stuff. If his command improves in his full-season debut, his stock will explode. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed with the Phillies for $900,000 in July of 2016.
Ready for Sally League hitters
PPhiladelphia Phillies  A
April 4, 2019
Morales will open the year with Low-A Lakewood, Jonathan Mayo of reports.
Last year in rookie ball Morales flashed the upside that made him the top Venezuelan pitching prospect in the 2016 July 2 international signing class, but he obviously still has a long way to go in his development. Improving his fastball command and the consistency of his secondary offerings will be atop his to-do list this year.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Morales has the perfect combination of extreme upside and muted hype, as he hasn't pitched in a full-season league and gets lost in the shuffle with Sixto Sanchez and Adonis Medina sucking up most of the Phillies pitching prospect praise. He received a $720,000 bonus as the top Venezuelan pitcher in the 2016 July 2 international signing class. Morales' realistic upside is up there with Sanchez, he just hasn't proved it at as high of a level. At 6-foot-4, 185 pounds, he has a much safer, projectable body than Sanchez, and his fastball, which already sits in the mid-90s, should be an absolute monster in a couple years. He can already spin a breaking ball that will flash plus, and while his changeup isn't a very useful pitch, that's something he has in common with almost every 18-year-old on the planet. His command needs work, but it's still ahead of schedule. Of the pitching prospects outside the top 100, Morales has as good a chance as anyone to finish the year as a top-50 prospect.
Morales was considered the top Venezuelan pitching prospect in the 2016 international free agent class. He has a plus fastball with the potential for a plus curveball down the road. A 6-foot-3, 186-pound righty, Morales could add velocity to his fastball, which already sits in the low-90s. He'll need to improve his pitchability, but that is true of all 16-year-old hurlers. While the upside is undeniable, Morales is so far away from contributing in the majors that he is best left alone in most dynasty formats for now.
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Racking up strikeouts in short-season ball
PPhiladelphia Phillies  A
August 28, 2018
Morales has recorded a least a strikeout per inning in each of his last five starts for short-season Williamsport.
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Opens in extended spring training
PPhiladelphia Phillies  A
April 5, 2018
Morales will open the season in extended spring training,'s Jonathan Mayo reports.
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Signs for $720,000
PPhiladelphia Phillies  A
July 2, 2016
Morales signed with the Phillies for $720,000 on Saturday.
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