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Top 15 Prospects - #12: Angel Morales | January

12. Angel Morales, Outfielder, 21 years old

2010 stats: .280/.362/.405 with 29 steals in 41 attempts between Beloit Snappers & Fort Myers
Last year's rank: #2
Acquired: Drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 3rd Round of the 2007 draft, out of Carguas, Puerto Rico.

I'm just going to start with this: I'm more excited to see Angel Morales play than any other prospect in the Minnesota Twins' system. Why? Angel Morales has everything needed to be a 5 tool player, a potential All-Star, & 30-30 man. He has center-field speed with a right field arm.

Morales burst on the prospect scene in 2008. He put up an impressive .301/.413/.623 line at Rookie League Elizabethton in 218 plate appearances. He has great speed but only attempted 9 steals, succeeding on 7. He had an amazing .322 isolated power (slugging percentage minus batting average). As an 18 year old, he looked like the next big thing. But as I observed in this post, E-Towns stats can prove a bit deceptive.

In 2009, Morales moved up to Beloit, where he hit .266/.329/.455 and stole 19 bases in 25 attempts. He started the year really slow, but came on later in the season. He did lower his strikeout rate from nearly 40% in '08 to 27.7% in 2009.

In 2010, Angel returned to Beloit. After hitting .284/.377/.469 in 60 games, he was promoted to Fort Myers. He struggled following his promotion, going .272/.347/.349 in 73 games. His power was way down. He did, however, manage to steal a total of 29 bases out of 41 attempts in 2010. 

Ideal scenerio: Morales has a monster season at Fort Myers is promoted to New Britain late in the year. At 21, he will still be young for his level and with guys such as Joe Benson and Ben Revere ahead of him, he doesn't need to be rushed. Hopefully his performance will force a promotion.

Path to the majors: He is a potential five-tool athlete that can play center field, but given the glut of high end center-fielders in the system, will be a right-fielder when he reaches the Twins. His plus arm will play well out there. He has a rare combination of speed and power, hits for decent average and can take a walk. He has some work left to do, though, such as cutting his obscene strikeout rate. With hard work and some luck, this guy could be putting up 30-30 numbers someday.