IP 346
ERA 4.24
WHIP 1.434
BB/9 3.46
SO/9 8.142
  • Full name Andrew John Morales
  • Born 01/16/1993 in Covina, CA
  • Profile Ht.: 6'0" / Wt.: 185 / Bats: R / Throws: R
  • School UC Irvine
  • Drafted in the CB-B round (71st overall) by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2014 (signed for $546,100).
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    Morales did not attract any Division I interest out of Covina, Calif.'s South Hills High due to his small stature and lack of wipeout stuff, but he's always been a winner, and his stuff has improved during his senior year this spring. Morales is 40-3 in his four year college career, including two years at Rio Hondo (Calif.) JC and two years as a weekend starter for the Anteaters. Heading into this spring, he worked in the 88-89 range with his fastball, but now he pitches at 89-91 and touches 92 or even 93 now and then. As a 5-foot-11 senior righthander, he lacks upside, but scouts speculated he might be able to generate a bit more velocity in short stints if he moves to a pro bullpen. He's an accomplished strike-thrower despite his unconventional one-piece arm action and high slot, and he has an out-pitch in his solid-average 79-82 slider. He also mixes in a serviceable changeup. Irvine coach Mike Gillespie calls Morales an intense competitor who is very intelligent, and his intangibles make his stuff play up. He looks like a slam dunk to be drafted in the top 10 rounds as a money-saving senior sign, and he has enough talent to potentially sneak into the top five, though the consensus has him in the 8-10 round range.

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