Remember the blonde chick from the The Real World: Hawaii, who, like, totally fell for Colin? She was the cute girl with the young grandmother body. You know who I’m talking about? Cool. Yeah, she’s not Kendry Morales. Kendry Morales is the doode that the Angels are putting in as their starting 1st baseman. Joly Hesus! A prospect that is going to be playing 1st for an AL team that scores runs like an NL team! How did you miss that, right? Pretty easily. He’s sizz-ucked in his limited time in the majors. In 127 games in the Majors, he’s sitting on a career line of 12/45/.249 with no speed. If you were a Benihana chef, you’d cut the tail of those numbers and flip ’em into your hat. So what is it that I like about Kendry Morales that makes him a 2009 fantasy sleeper?
Opportunity knocks, Dana Carvey! This spring Kendry Morales is going to get a chance to prove his minor league numbers are no fluke. In the last 6 years, Morales has hit .337 with a .393 OBP through Cuban leagues and the minors. In Triple-A, he has 317 ABs and hit .341 with 15 HRs and a .377 OBP. At some point, Morales’s eye should translate to the major league level, or at least one would hope. Unfortunately, he won’t have 1st base eligibility until he plays some games at 1st in April, but he should get the eligibility soon enough. He’s not going to explode for power suddenly. 20 home runs seems to be about his ceiling. So I guess he’s boring the big boy pants off of you. The only difference between Conor Jackson and Kendry Morales could be 7 steals. For a guy that is going undrafted in lots of leagues, Kendry Morales is a solid AL-Only fantasy sleeper and an endgame target in mixed leagues if you need average and some power.