At 21, Morales to get opportunity of a lifetime
DENVER -- His fastball -- the sizzling pitch that often topped 98 mph and came from a bizarre angle and landed in the catcher's mitt from the left side, usually the domain of soft-throwing crafty pitchers -- was most certainly impressive enough to get him to the majors. It took almost five years for Franklin Morales to tame that fastball, and really to tame himself. Those who know him well say that Morales, just 21 years old, can be excitable. Well wouldn't you be if you threw so hard and the ball just ached to come out of your hand?