Baby Birdland's Preseason Top 15 Prospects List: #8 LHP DL Hall

Today we continue on with our unveiling of our Preseason Top 15 O's Prospects list and we have arrived at #8, left-handed pitcher DL Hall.

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Hall, 19, was the Orioles' first round selection in last year's MLB Draft out of Valdosta High School in Georgia. I, along with others, felt that getting Hall at number 21 was a bit of a steal, but O's fans are all too familiar with the risks of taking high school pitchers in the first round.

After signing Hall, the O's held him out of game action last summer until August 4, where he made his professional debut for the Gulf Coast League Orioles.

In minimal game action (5 starts, 10.1 IP), Hall owned a 6.97 ERA and a 1.94 WHIP. Not great numbers, but we are talking about 10 innings. Believe it or not, we had fans comment to us that Hall was already a bust, which I find ridiculous, but everyone is entitled to their opinion.

I have not seen him pitch in person yet, but have seen videos, and one thing I love about him (other than being a lefty of course) is that his fastball, which sits 90-93, has some running action as well, which is great to see out of a guy who was pitching in high school a year ago. He also shows good command of the fastball, and his curveball is above average already as well. He also has a changeup, though it still needs some work.

Hall is going to be an interesting case for the Orioles. They will obviously limit his innings this year, but I am very interested to see if they send him straight to Low-A Delmarva, or elect to hold him back and have him pitch for the Short-season A Aberdeen Ironbirds, who don't start their season until June. The latter would be along the same lines as what they did with 2016 4th round pick, RHP Brenan Hanifee, who was also drafted out of high school.

Time will tell on where he begins the 2018 season, but with his repertoire and pitching from the left-side, there is a lot to like about Hall.

This year, we had all the writers here at Baby Birdland, as well as Patrick Cavey (our primary photo supplier) and a member of an O's affiliate's front office, who would like to remain anonymous. Each of us submitted our own Top 15 prospects list, and the lists were then combined into one using the average finish for each prospect. All told, 26 different prospects appeared on at least one of the Top 15 lists submitted. Of the six lists, Hall appeared on five of them and was ranked as high as fifth.

Be sure to stay tuned as we continue to unveil our Preseason Top 15 Prospects list and check out those that have been revealed thus far on our Top 15 Prospects page!


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