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Hall, the fourth-ranked O’s prospect, turned in his second straight scoreless outing after scattering a pair of hits and fanning nine over five frames. The southpaw did not issue a walk and tossed 45 of his 62 pitches for strikes. Hall faced the minimum through three, whiffing the side in the first and third. He retired the side in order in the fifth on six pitches. The 22-year-old is sporting a .125 average against and 0.64 WHIP over 9 1/3 innings this season. He's also struck out 19 in those 9 1/3 innings.

With all the chatter in the last few months about McClannahan, Manoah, Gore, Gilbert, etc. I'm surprised I don't hear more about Hall. 

Even though he's frequently listed as a top SP prospect by the "experts", I rarely see him mentioned here. He didn't even have his own thread.

Let's give this guy some love!

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The problem with him is Baltimore.  Baltimore hasn't been able to do much with their premium prospects.  Gausman, Bundy, Harvey, Arietta, Bedard, Matusz, Tillman, Riley, Loewen, even going back to Ben McDonald days.   Baltimore SPs do not have a good track record and tend to do better outside of Baltimore.  Maybe it's a fluke.  Maybe it's something wrong with the team, but it's a red flag.

And even if he does end up good, he still has to go against the AL East which is always an offensive powerhouse.

I actually own Hall, but I plan on trading him before he sniffs the majors.

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2 hours ago, Dirtywater97 said:

So I'm going to actually disagree here. Maybe you guys are referring to the old regime that has now been fired, but recently their track record has been quite good. None of the above is applicable anymore IMO.

None? Playing on the AL East is still applicable... A steady diet of the Yankees, Blue Jays, Red Sox, and Rays isn't ideal for a young pitcher. 

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From RotoBaller today:

DL Hall - SP, Baltimore Orioles

Level: Double-A
2021 stats: 3 GS, 12 IP, 1-0, 3.75 ERA, 1.167 WHIP, 23 K

The Orioles' first round pick in the 2017 draft, Hall is off to a hot start this season and could find his way onto the mound in Baltimore very soon. Through his first three starts, Hall has posted an absurd 44.2 percent strikeout rate while dropping his walk rate to 11.5 percent from 15.6 percent in 2019. He has had an elevated walk rate throughout his career, but it's somewhat promising early on to see his walk rate down from his 13.4 percent career mark.


Most of the damage to Hall's line early on this year came in his latest start against the Reading Fightin Phils, where he was chased after allowing five runs on four hits and four walks over 2 2/3 innings. Before that however, he had allowed just four hits and two walks while striking out 19 in 9 1/3 scoreless innings.

At the very least, Hall is a guy fantasy managers have to keep an eye on based on his career 30 percent strikeout rate over four years in the minors. And the other thing to keep in mind is that although he has had some issues with walks in his career, he's still put up solid results at every stop in the minors despite consistently being two to three years younger than the average age at each level he's pitched.

The Orioles have not had much luck with their starting rotation this year, as Baltimore starters currently own the third-worst ERA in the majors at 4.94. While Baltimore will still be rebuilding this year and are in no rush to promote their prospects, it's still possible that we could see Hall get called up later this summer for a few starts. When that happens, managers should look at him as a potential sneaky streaming play — especially if he gets a good matchup against a high-strikeout team like the Tigers or Rays.

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From PitcherList today:

DL Hall, LHP, BAL – ETA August


Hall is a highly regarded pitching prospect who is shoving through his first few starts at a new minor league level, potentially making him a quick riser to the big league rotation – much like another recent AL East starter, Alek Manoah.

After carving up Double-A hitters back on minor league opening day, throwing 4.1 innings and fanning 10(!) while walking two and allowing just two hits with zero runs scored, Hall followed that up with an equally impressive outing his second time around – throwing five innings with zero runs on two hits and no walks, along with nine strikeouts. His third start was a dud but he threw four shutout innings with eight strikeouts earlier this week, giving the big left-hander with alleged command issues a 31:8 K:BB ratio through his first four Double-A starts, only having allowed runs in one of his four outings.

Starting the year in this fashion at Double-A bodes well for Hall eventually pitching for Baltimore down the stretch, but the biggest potential inhibitor for him to see big league innings will be an imposed innings limit – something that is going to impact a ton of pitchers in both the majors and minors this season.

“Every single pitcher we’re going to be watching carefully and monitoring,” Orioles player development director Matt Blood said a few weeks ago. “This is a little bit of an unprecedented situation. And the roster sizes are larger, and we will have large numbers of pitchers on each roster. So we will be monitoring it. But also we want these guys to get their work in. So it’s a little bit of a double-edged sword.”

Hall would be a great high-risk, high-reward pickup late in the season if he does get the call, but he is probably not worth rostering in shallower redraft leagues just yet. Those in 16+ team leagues or AL-only formats might want to use a deep bench or N/A slot on the electric left-hander, and everyone else should make sure to place him on their watchlist – as his big league performance late in the year could be well worth rostering in even those shallower leagues.

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