By Contributing Writer: Chuck Boemmel Jr
The Baltimore Orioles may need a second Hall monitor in 2018.
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In an article <HERE> on Baby Birdland this past Monday, we detailed the story of 2017 1st round draft pick DL Hall.
The Orioles drafted another Hall in 2017 who is in a similar situation.
Adam Hall (no relation to DL Hall), a shortstop out of A B Lucas Secondary School in Canada, was selected in the 2nd round of the 2017 draft. Hall was a highly touted prep star who played for the U-18 Canadian Junior National team.
Assigned to the Gulf Coast Orioles after signing with the Orioles, Hall appeared in just two games before an oblique strain ended his season. In those two games Hall went 6 for 9 with a double, a triple, 2 RBI and 4 runs scored. He also stole one base in two attempts.
Despite the limited sample size of his professional debut, MLB Pipeline still considers Hall the Orioles #10 prospect. In him the Orioles are getting an above average defender and base runner. He has the tools to play second base or third base as well as his natural position of shortstop.
Hall showed that the injury was behind him with an impressive showing in the Instructional League this past October. He was able to get in some of the repetitions and at bats that he missed during the summer. Everything went well and the team is excited in what they have in the 18 year-old.
The 2018 season will be a full one for Hall especially if he is sent to Delmarva (Class A Low) as I anticipate. There will be no inning limit on Hall but I am certain the team will be watching him closely as he moves further away from the oblique injury.
I expect no residual effects from last year’s injury and am anxious to see what Hall can do over a full season.
The future is bright and the ceiling is high for this young man; he will be fun to watch in 2018.