Angel Morales

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Angel Luis Morales

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Biographical Information[edit]

Angel Morales played his fifth minor league season in 2011.

Morales was taken by the Minnesota Twins in the third round of the 2007 amateur draft, their third straight high school position player after Ben Revere and Danny Rams (a fourth one, Reggie Williams, followed). Hector Otero was the scout. Morales was assigned to the GCL Twins and hit .256/.357/.405. Baseball America rated him as the #19 Gulf Coast League prospect and as having the best outfield arm in the Minnesota system.

With the Elizabethton Twins in 2008, Morales batted .301/.413/.623 with 15 homers in 54 games, but 72 strikeouts in 183 AB. He led the Appalachian League in homers and slugging, while placing third in OBP, .005 behind leader Curt Smith. Morales was two shy of the Appy strikeout lead. He made the league All-Star outfield alongside Evan Bigley, Jordan Kendall and Ronnie Welty. Baseball America ranked him as the #8 prospect in the Appalachian League (behind Jordan Lyles at 7) and #10 in the Twins organization.

With the 2009 Beloit Snappers, Angel hit .266/.329/.455 with 19 steals in 25 tries, 13 home runs and 104 strikeouts. He batted .295 for the Leones de Ponce in the Puerto Rican Winter League. Baseball America listed him as Minnesota's 8th-best prospect.

Morales split 2010 between Beloit (.289/.381/.474 in 60 G) and the Fort Myers Miracle (.272/.347/.349 in 73 G). He only hit five homers between the two teams and struck out 140 times, but increased his walk total (from 30 to 52), stole 29 bases (in 41 tries) and had 10 triples. He had 12 outfield assists.

Angel made the Puerto Rican national team for the 2010 Pan American Games Qualification Tournament.