By Contributing Writer: Nick Stevens
Despite just turning 18 years old, Orioles’ second round draft choice, SS Adam Hall, has more experience than most of his peers. Hall was taken 60th overall out of A.B. Lucas Secondary School in Ontario, Canada, and is considered by many scouts to be one of the top Canadian prospects in years.
The Bermuda-born right-hander had a major decision in front of him over the last week; honor his commitment to Texas A&M or sign with the Orioles and report to the Gulf Coast League. Hall signed a $1.3 million dollar deal with the O’s on June 22nd.
His resumé is already highly impressive. Hall has been a member of the Canadian Junior National Team for the last two years, playing against elite international competition and MLB instructional league teams. Baseball Canada acknowledged Adam’s performance by awarding him the Canadian Futures Award, one of the highest honors in Canadian baseball.
Adam came into the 2017 draft ranked 99th, according to Baseball America’s rankings. Despite standing at just 5’11” and 165 pounds, Hall brings numerous high level skills to the Orioles that project him as a future major leaguer. While MLB.com describes Hall as “unpolished”, scouts rave about his speed, arm, and mental toughness. In an interview with CBC News in Canada, Hall stated that his favorite part about baseball is the mental aspect of the game.
Most shortstops drafted, especially out of high school, do not project to be shortstops at the major league level, but Hall does. His elite arm strength, speed, and range translate well to a move to second or third base, but scouts believe as long as Hall can work on his backhand plays, he will stick. Hall has been trained by Hall of Famer, Roberto Alomar, along with fellow Canadian greats, Pete Orr and Justin Morneau.
Hall’s bat is described as having a “natural feel” and does project some power, once he fills out his frame and adds some strength to his 18 year-old body. MLB gives Hall a grade of 50 for hitting and 40 for power, both above average grades.
Adam reports to the Gulf Coast League Orioles, who began playing games this week in Sarasota, Florida. Seeing as Hall has spent his entire baseball career playing against older, tougher competition, I anticipate Hall moving quickly through the Orioles’ system. He’s a middle infielder with pop and speed, and Camden Yards is desperate for a player like Hall.
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