One of the Phillies brightest, and youngest, prospects shined in his latest outing for Lakewood.
Phillies pitching prospect Francisco Morales is still a ways away from making an impact for the Phils, unless he’s traded for a veteran player at the trade deadline. At just 19-years-old he’s one of two teenage pitchers in the Phillies top-30 prospects according to MLB Pipeline.
The publication projects Morales to be big league-ready in three years for 2022 as a middle of the rotation starter. In the meantime, Morales is leading the Lakewood BlueClaws rotation.
Morales had one of his best outings of the season Saturday throwing five shutout, two-hit innings with only one walk and two strikeouts.
Andrew Schultz, the Phils sixth round pick this year, blew his second save of the year in the 2-1 eight-inning loss, but Morales outing shouldn’t be clouded.
In his last 26.2 innings for Lakewood Morales has surrendered just two runs and 11 hits, a big change after a rough start to the season. Morales had allowed 13 runs in his first five outings (three starts) and walked nine batters.
A strong turnaround from Morales could turn him into a big trade chip for Philadelphia this summer as they attempt to win now by foregoing the opportunity to grow very young prospects.
Morales could be valuable for a team like the San Francisco Giants or Detroit Tigers who are now entering rebuilds. San Francisco’s rebuild projects to be arduous with the contract of Evan Longoria and a lack of top-tier prospects in their farm system.
Morales won’t help the starting rotation anytime soon, and this team is ready to win now.
If Morales spins more outings like Saturday’s look for him to arise in trade discussions over the next three weeks leading up to the July 31 trade deadline.
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