Orioles sign top pick DL Hall; prep lefty introduced at Camden Yards - BaltimoreBaseball.com

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Orioles sign top pick DL Hall; prep lefty introduced at Camden Yards

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In need of pitching throughout the organization, the Orioles made it a priority to find high-ceiling arms in the amateur draft this month.

The biggest prize signed Friday, with the club and Georgia high school left-hander DL Hall agreeing to a contract with a $3 million bonus – slightly above suggested slot of $2,892,400.

Hall, selected 21st overall, decided to pass on his college scholarship to Florida State University and become a pro.

“Florida State, they’ve been my favorite team since I was a little kid, so it was a tough decision,” said Hall, who, at 18, immediately becomes one of the organization’s top-rated pitchers. “Because I was looking forward to college, but I think Baltimore had a lot to offer and I’m excited about it.”

Hall is represented by agent Scott Boras, who attended the conference along with several of Hall’s friends and family members.

“It’s been really exciting. It’s an awesome experience for me and my family as far as getting to know the place in Baltimore and overall a fun experience,” said Hall, on his first trip to Baltimore. “It’s an awesome facility, everything that I’ve seen so far is amazing to me. I enjoy any baseball park, but this is definitely one that has a lot to offer.”

It’s impossible to know how these picks will play out, but the Orioles landed a guy who was projected higher in many mock drafts, and someone with a major upside.

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“We didn’t think he would be there. We’re very excited he was,” said scouting director Gary Rajsich. “For us, evaluating DL, he has a fast, loose and free power arm. He has a very good, athletic delivery. He has a good fastball, it has running life to it. He has a good power, downward curveball, a good circle change, with late fade and sink and also he throws a slider. What we like about DL, he has a feel to pitch and he throws strikes with all his pitches.”

Rajsich said Hall will go to Sarasota to work out, and begin his pro career. From there, there’s no set timetable for his progression. At this point, Hall just wants to get on a mound – he hasn’t pitched since the Georgia state high school tournament about two months ago.

“I’ve been throwing since then, but I’m excited to get back on the mound and compete,” Hall said.

The Orioles have now signed all but one of their Top 10 picks – fourth-rounder Jack Conlon.

MASNsports.com first reported the value of Hall’s contract.

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. 5brooks5

    June 30, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    FANTASTIC!

  2. Camden Bird

    July 1, 2017 at 12:46 am

    Call me a pessimist, but I’d be willing to bet that Hall will be Matt Hobgood 2.0.

    First off, I am usually totally opposed to using our 1st round pick on a high schooler. The learning curve is way too steep, especially for high school pitchers. It’s a big jump from raking up strike outs versus 16-year old kids to pitching against professionals in their early to mid twenties.

    Secondly, this is the Orioles we’re talking about. You can practically count on one hand the number of solid MLB players they’ve drafted and developed since the ’90s. History is not on his side.

    Lastly, I’m a bit sore that a kid—who’s just now old enough to legally use tobacco products and drive with a full license—got more money right after prom than most of us will ever see in our lifetimes.

    I mean, this kid was born on Game No. 2,632…the day before Ripken ended his consecutive games streak. Feel old?

    • Jonathan

      July 1, 2017 at 9:05 pm

      There is a major difference between those two pitchers which makes that scenario highly unlikely. I’d see a Hunter Harvey comparison better than that one. Hobgood wasn’t that well liked as Hall for one thing. More importantly, Hobgood had a surprising increase in his fastball not long before the draft…..prior to that he was seen as many rounds lower in the draft as I remember it. One interview with the director didn’t sway Hall to be selected as with Hobgood. This is a kid they knew very well through a long lasting relationship. He is also a position player, so I assume that Harvey had more wear and tear on his arm that Hall. There is a lot to be excited about with this kid.

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      July 3, 2017 at 11:16 am

      “this is the Orioles we’re talking about”? I guess we should all just bury our heads in the sand? Jeepers what a lousy attitude for a fan base to have.

      Positive vibes my friend …. positive vibes!!!

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