2017 First Round Pick, LHP DL Hall Set to Showcase Talent in First Full Year in the Pro's

We have highlighted some prospects over the past week that are in need of a good 2018 season for a variety of reasons, but today I talk about left-handed pitcher DL Hall, who has a big 2018 ahead of him for a different reason, it will be his first full year in professional baseball.

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Hall, 19, was the Orioles' first round draft choice in the 2017 MLB Draft out of Valdosta High School in Georgia.

After signing him, the O's held Hall out of game-action until August 4, when he made his professional debut for the Gulf Coast League Orioles. He tossed two shutout innings in his debut while allowing one hit, one walk and striking out two.

He ended up starting five games for the GCL Orioles and owned a 6.97 ERA and a 1.94 WHIP over 10.1 innings. He struck out 12 batters, but also walked 10.

I don't put any stock into the numbers Hall had in five starts and 10 innings for the GCL O's last year, it was merely a high school pitcher "getting his feet wet" in professional baseball.

This season will be his first full-year in professional baseball, which is a big deal for a guy who was drafted out of high school. He will have had a full offseason of workouts, he will experience spring training for the first time, and will get to showcase his talent over the course of an entire season, and not just one month.

I highly anticipate a strict innings limit for him, and I am going to be curious if they hold him out until the Short-season Aberdeen Ironbirds begin their season in June, or if they will send him straight to the Low-A Delmarva Shorebirds to begin his season in April.

Hall came in as the 11th ranked prospect on our Top 15 Prospects List back in July when we did our mid-season list, which was before he even made his organizational debut. I anticipate he will be higher on our Pre-season list, which will come out next month.

If you are unfamiliar with Hall, he is a 6'0'', 180-pound lefty who has a fastball that sits in the 90-93 range, a solid changeup and a killer curveball.

This year is a big one for Hall, but not because he is in a dire need for a great year, but because it will be his first full-year in pro ball, and it will be the first time O's fans really get to see the talent he has.



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