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Postby dkakridas » Sat May 21, 2005 3:53 am

Reporting for his first game tomorrow in Single A.

This guy should move fast.

With Vlad's injury, how long will it take for him to get to Anaheim. They will need his power and his arm in RF.

This could get very interesting!
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Postby Vetterstrom » Sun May 22, 2005 9:47 am

Had a HR and 3 RBI in his 1st game ;-D
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Postby dkakridas » Sun May 22, 2005 9:59 am

yep- I expect his next stop to be in AAA very soon. If he continues to hit there, he will be up to the majors and helping the Angles make the playoffs.
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Postby Vetterstrom » Sun May 22, 2005 10:13 am

There's a vid of his HR at FutureAngels.com for anyone that wants to see it.
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Postby dkakridas » Thu May 26, 2005 9:40 am

His numbers keep on rolling in. Can't imagine he will be stuck in A for much longer. Question is, where do you put him in AAA? Kotchman is playing 1B. The Angels have a real need at DH and 3B in the majors. Hopefully, they are preparing him to fill one of those slots before long. Seriously, why would the Halo's trade for Sweeney and take on all that salary when they already gave Kendry 6 million and he could be at least as good a hitter as Sweeney or anyone the Angels trade for to be their DH.

You heard it here first- Kendry straight to the majors from A or AA.
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Postby hybrid » Thu May 26, 2005 10:22 am

It seems they are putting him at High A, partly just as his spring training since he has been away so long. A few more weeks like this and he could move up to AA, they don't have anyone who would block him from getting PT there.

I don't see him jumping from A to the majors, seems like way to big of a jump for someone that the Angels don't know yet how he will produce at higher levels. If he continues to hit at AA, then I could see him going up to the bigs from there.
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Postby dkakridas » Thu May 26, 2005 11:58 am

From SI this morning
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2005/f ... index.html



Kendry Morales (First Base/Outfield, Class A, Angels): Cuba's top ball player, Morales' defection to America drew international attention in 2004. Baseball GMs lined up to throw offers Kendry's way, and when the offers settled, the Angels emerged victorious. Morales immediately signed a six-year, $10-million contract, which is about the best introduction to a free market system a former communist can ever hope to make. However, the attention this 1B/OF generated had a few drawbacks. Namely, visa problems that prevented Morales from joining the club at Spring Training. Now all the requisite immigration papers have been filed and he's been cleared to play. This big-boned switch-hitter introduced himself to American baseball fans by hitting a home run during his first at-bat. Morales is already on the 40-man roster and is considered Major League-ready. He could shoot up the Angles system very quickly.
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Postby hybrid » Tue Jun 14, 2005 3:36 am

Well Morales has been promoted to AA, seems like I had the Angels time table right with his promotion. We should get a better understanding at what kind of player he could be now.

Didn't have the best debut: 0-4 with a pair of K's
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