September 7, 2007

Jose Morales called up

The Twins have purchased the contract of catcher Jose Morales from the Rochester Red Wings. He should be in Chicago in time for Friday's series opener against the White Sox.

Morales was drafted as a middle-infielder and has also played a handful of games at 3rd base. He has 11 career home runs in almost 1,500 MiLB AB's. He finished 2nd in the batting title to Indians outfielder Ben Francisco. Morales hit .311/.366/.399 with 2 HR's and 37 RBI's. He also had 25 doubles in his 376 AB's.The Twins are currently without catchers Joe Mauer and Mike Redmond. Mauer hopes to return at some point in the next few days, but he may be limited to DH for a little while. And Redmond will likely be out until sometime next week with a sore middle finger in his left hand. The Twins will likely have Chris Heintz start on Friday with Carlos Silva on the mound. But with a day game on Saturday, Morales may get the start with former Red Wing Matt Garza scheduled to start.

What does this mean for the future? Morales could be a viable #2 catcher in his career, but his potential is limited and will likely never be viewed as a starter.

I should have the Ft. Myers Miracle season recap and the Rochester Red Wings season recap up at some point this weekend or on Monday/Tuesday. Have a great day/weekend!