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40 Guys in 30 Days: Franklin Morales

You’ve heard the tale before: Guy tries to make it as a starter, fails miserably, is converted to relief, has some success, lives happily ever after. Well, if the 2012 Red Sox are involved, “lives happily ever after” can be replaced with “gets converted back to starting and breaks.”

Franklin Morales
2012 stats: 76.1 IP, 76 K, 30 BB, 11 HR
3.77 ERA, 4.40 FIP, 4.19 xFIP; 0.7 fWAR, 1.2 bWAR
2013 contract status: Arbitration (second time; $850k in 2012)

Morales’ first start came on June 17, after he spent the first two months of the season working as a short reliever. The initial results were extremely positive; he struck out 13 batters in his first two starts, walking just three and allowing three runs over 13 innings. After he came out of the bullpen again of July 4, however, he was unable to regain that success. His next two starts saw him pitch a total of eight and a third innings, walking five and allowing six runs.

After that point, he was back in the bullpen for the rest of July (where he walked four batters in five and two thirds innings), only to be put back in the rotation in the rotation at the beginning of August. He made four more starts, walking ten and allowing 15 runs in 19.1 IP, before hitting the DL with “shoulder fatigue” that ultimately ended his season.

The Rockies tried Morales as a starter. It didn’t work. The Red Sox took him out of the role that he was having success in, tried to make him a starter again (midseason, mind you), and it didn’t work. Hopefully he’s healthy by the beginning of next season and can return to the bullpen, but–like the other successful reliever the Red Sox tried once again as a starter this season–he might just be broken.

Next time: Navanana (doo doo, doo doo doo)

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