Minor Monday: DL Hall hopes to deliver in Bowie on the way to Baltimore - BaltimoreBaseball.com


Minor Monday: DL Hall hopes to deliver in Bowie on the way to Baltimore

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Orioles pitching prospect DL Hall has dazzled his coaches with a fastball that approaches 100 miles per hour.

Now, he is showing the type of overall command with his changeup and breaking ball that should eventually pave the way to the major league club.

After a year-long layoff because of Covid-19, the 22-year-old left-hander made his debut for Double-A Bowie on May 4th and struck out 10 while allowing  just two hits in 4 ⅓ innings in a 2-1 victory over Altoona.

He gave up just two walks — an area of focus throughout the spring. Entering this season, Hall had allowed 5.1 career walks per nine innings in his minor-league career.

Hall will pitch the home opener for Bowie against Reading at 6:35 on Tuesday at Prince George’s Stadium.

“Coming in after a lot of walks in the 2019 season at Frederick, this year I wanted to come in and focus on pounding the strike zone and not giving up free bases,” Hall said. “That was a big thing for me. It was really just more mental cues to help me to get to that, and trusting my stuff, and I feel like I made big strides with that.

“In spring training, I think I had three walks all of camp. I’ve made some minor tweaks, nothing too crazy, just some things to time everything up. Not really mechanical or changing anything, just working on getting everything timed up better. And getting that rhythm and flow more consistently. That was big to work on that and find a consistent rhythm.”

The Orioles selected Hall with the 21st overall pick in the 2017 Major League Baseball draft from Valdosta High School in Georgia. He was named the No. 1 prospect in the South Atlantic League by Baseball America after the 2018 season.

In 2019, Hall led Class A-Advanced Frederick with 116 strikeouts, leading the Carolina League in strikeouts per nine innings (12.94). He was selected to participate in the 2019 All-Star Futures Game in Cleveland.


Entering this season, Hall is the No. 4 prospect in the Orioles’ organization — behind catcher Adley Rutschman, pitcher Grayson Rodriguez and outfielder Heston Kjerstad. Hall headlines a talented group of pitchers at Bowie that includes Kyle Bradish, Kevin Smith and Cody Sedlock, the Orioles’ top pick in 2016.

Despite his growth as a pitcher, Hall is not worried about the timeline to get to the majors.

“I’m just going to go out and pitch to the best of my ability, show everybody who DL Hall is and, hopefully, that’s enough to open some eyes and make some things happen,” Hall said. “Wherever they end up sending me, I’m going to show everybody what I’m about.”.

Hall also has caught the attention of his teammates and works well with Rutschman, who also started the season at Bowie. The potential battery of Hall and Rutschman in the majors has provided a boost of optimism for the rebuilding club.

“He’s a stud pitcher,” Rutschman said about Hall. “I think we’ve seen that he’s always got the stuff and as he continues to refine himself mentally and physically, being able to understand himself better, you can just see the confidence that comes with that. So I’m really excited to be able to catch him this year and be able to continue to work with him.”

Hall also enjoys working with  Rutschman. The two, who spent time together last summer at the alternate training site at Bowie,  have developed a rapport and trust.

“He makes average pitchers look really good,” Hall said. “That’s a huge thing to have somebody back there that makes you really comfortable on the mound and gives you confidence just with his body language. It’s been great getting to work with him, and I’m excited to have him behind the plate for me this year.”

Bowie manager Buck Britton, the brother of former Orioles closer Zack Britton, has some history with Hall. Britton was the manager of  Single-A Delmarva in 2018 when Hall compiled a 2.10 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP in 22 games, including 20 starts.

“This kid has really matured,” Britton said. “That is the biggest thing that jumps off the page for me. And I’m not talking about being a young kid and growing up. Just as a pitcher. It used to be, ‘Here is my fireball.’ Breaking ball was inconsistent, changeup was just being developed last time I saw him. This guy came into camp with a different mindset. This guy looks really good.”



  1. CalsPals

    May 10, 2021 at 7:38 am

    Can’t wait to see that battery in B’more, wouldn’t mind seeing Buck II either, go O’s…

  2. 33d St

    May 10, 2021 at 8:16 am

    Sounds promising. Let’s hope they both put all the pieces together faster than expected. Looking forward to seeing these guys in action!

  3. Orioles20

    May 10, 2021 at 8:18 am

    With Hall and Rodriguez they orioles might have actually some elite pitching. Duquette will get the credit for drafting them but let’s be honest does anyone think he would’ve actually done anything to develop them. After seeing Rodriguez this weekend as the ironbirds played the blue rocks he towers over everyone. It can not be a fun at bat against him. If hall is making adjustments now under Elias then why didn’t he make adjustments under Duquette. The minor leaguers as a whole seem to have made adjustments and been developed under Elias then under duquette. I can’t name one player that the previous regime has developed. Elias has a plan outlined for these kids and it seems to be working.

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      May 10, 2021 at 12:03 pm

      I think there’s a decent enough chance they would have developed under Duquette. These guys have talent. So are you implying that Elias personally suggested DL’s adjustments?

      Let’s face it, Duquette’s and Elias’ charge from ownership were and are quite different.

      Dan was expected to win, and win now. He pretty much came in to a built-to-win team. His talent lied in player acquisition on the cheap. And he did win. And he did acquire talent on the cheap. Nowadays it’s much different because nobody cares if Elias wins game now, except maybe myself and a few others around here that abhor tanking. Elias would like us to think that his talent lies in organizational management. And I certainly hope it does because I haven’t seen anything else positive for 3 years now! The man is a sharp cookie … no doubt about it. But let’s win a few games this year ‘eh?

      But I digress … Let’s face it, the cupboard wasn’t left nearly has bare as some around here would like to believe, and yes, I believe these guys would have progressed under Duquette or ANYBODY else for that matter. They have the talent to.

      All that being said, I’m all for Elias turning this thing around, I really am. But let’s do it already! I’m not ready to anoint the guy the savior until he does.

      Drink Pepsi

      • Birdman

        May 10, 2021 at 2:36 pm

        In fairness, the Orioles really haven’t had “3 years” under Elias … they had a full season in 2019, 60 games last year (with no opportunity for minor league development), and 34 games this year … more like 1.5 seasons, so far.

        And while you’re correct that Duquette was operating under “win now” pressure from Peter Angelos, its also true that Duquette had a much bigger payroll to work with, whereas under Elias, ownership has cut payroll to bone.

        • Boog Robinson Robinson

          May 10, 2021 at 3:20 pm

          Noted on the 3 years and the payroll disparities. However, if you look at the numbers, the Orioles were decidedly middle of the pack in MLB payroll-wise during the Duquette years. In those 8 years, the average payroll ranking out of 30 teams was 15.3 The highest they ever ranked was #10 and they finished in the dead middle or lower have during 6 of those 8 years.

          He wasn’t exactly able to buy top shelf free agents now was he?

          And yes …Mike has NO budget. Or at least if he does, it’s been directed elsewhere.

          God bless Miike Elias. How’s that?

          • Birdman

            May 10, 2021 at 3:33 pm

            That sounds fair.

      • Orioles20

        May 10, 2021 at 2:36 pm

        Ok but the dodgers are in win now mode and develop talent like a rebuilding team. So they orioles could have had drafted good while winning and didn’t. Hall slipped to them due to signability concerns. Duquette did not develop bundy or gausman. I’m not saying Elias suggested the adjustments but I’m sure the development team looked at the tape and made suggestions as to how he can improve things like his command. Things Duquette and them never did. They did not develop talent at all. Gausman was a top prospect with talent and he did not develop with the orioles. You look at a team like the dodgers the develop guys that were drafted in like the eleventh round.

        • Boog Robinson Robinson

          May 10, 2021 at 3:02 pm

          So if (god forbid) Rodriguez or Wells blow out their elbow and has Tommy John … as Bubdy did ….does that qualify as ‘failing to develop the player.’

          And Gausman was never ever as highly touted as Rodriguez or Wells. Don’t give me that BS.

          And yeah, the Dodgers have a top shelf minor league system and scouting department. I never called that a strong suit of Duquette’s did I? I stated that he found talent on the cheap via FA or trade .. guys like (and forgive me spelling ahead of time …

          Wei Yi Chen, Nelson Cruz, Delmon Young ,Koji Uehara ,JJ Hardy ,Chris Davis (don’t laugh, he had several great years), Jeremy Guthrie ,Miguel Gonzalez …. and I’m sure quite a few more, I can’t think of them all.

          He didn’t build a farm system … I never said he did.

          Believe me when I say that I hope as much as ANYONE ELSE here that Mr. Elias builds a great farm system…one the team can afford over time.

          • Rich Dubroff

            May 10, 2021 at 7:36 pm

            Ken, Jeremy Guthrie was acquired by Andy MacPhail traded by Duquette two months after he took over for Jason Hammel and Matt Lindstrom. Koji Uehara was also signed by MacPhail and traded by him to Texas for Chris Davis and Tommy Hunter. MacPhail also traded for J.J. Hardy.

            He did sign Chen, arguably his best signing, Cruz, Young and Gonzalez.

            Gausman was the overall fourth pick. The reason he wasn’t as publicized as Hall and Rodriguez was that by the time he was drafted, the team began winning. Fans focus on the major league team when it’s winning, and when it’s not, they look to the minors for hope.

    • AR-Watch-2021

      May 10, 2021 at 12:23 pm

      Oh my! Let’s see what the statistics say, shall we?
      In 2018, DL Hall pitched 94 1/3 innings at A DelMarVa with an ERA of 2.96, WHIP 1.166, and career minor league low of 4.0 BB/9 innings.
      In 2018, Grayson Rodriguez only pitched 19 1/3 innings for the Orioles Rookie/Gulf Coast League with an ERA of 2.79, 1.241 WHIP, and career minor league low 3.3 BB/9 innings.
      Looks like Duquette did a pretty darn good job of developing both Hall and Rodriguez in 2018. You Orioles20 win today’s negative nonsense comment! Congrats!

      • Orioles20

        May 10, 2021 at 2:31 pm

        While they did do good under duquette I believe Elias took their development to the next level by using rapsoda and biomechanics.

      • Boog Robinson Robinson

        May 10, 2021 at 2:34 pm

        If you’re being sarcastic, let me clue you in … sarcasm doesn’t work very well in print. Otherwise .. you make no sense.

        And how exactly was I being negative with that comment? Because I said I don’t like tanking?

        • Pure_Positive_PJs

          May 10, 2021 at 5:51 pm

          My comment was supposed to be in reply to Orioles20 comment. It ended up being in reply to no one. The last two sentences are “You Orioles20 win today’s negative nonsense comment! Congrats!” I did not say you BRR were being negative and apologize for the confusion, I will be more careful where I put my replies in the future to avoid confusion. Plus I am going for this new positive vibe!

    • Massmonster

      May 12, 2021 at 9:21 am

      how could you not remember John Means

  4. Bman

    May 10, 2021 at 9:08 am

    Overall the pitching on the farm has been fantastic other than some hiccups with sedlock, wells, etc. Norfolk hasnt been quite as stellar as some of the other teams but they’ve been hurt with injuries (Baumann) and taxi squad players. They will settle down I think.

  5. Balt mp

    May 10, 2021 at 9:09 am

    Yesterday’s game is another example of quick hook Hyde . How can you expect to get the youngsters to grow and learn how to pitch out of jams if you don’t give them the opportunity to do so in a season in which you are just playing the games and not competing for a playoff spot.

    Time for Stewart to go he can’t help you if he is in the training room and really what has he shown you ?

    I think it’s now the time to bring up Martin and Jones and see what you have or at least Martin I believe part of the problem with Mountcastle is there is nothing and I do mean nothing hitting behind him .

    • AR-Watch-2021

      May 10, 2021 at 12:37 pm

      Come on man! DJ Stewart had a 0.809 OPS in 2020 over 112 PAs. That’s what he has really shown us all…

    • dlgruber1

      May 10, 2021 at 3:22 pm

      I know I’m just an old name who is not into all the analytics of today’s game and the example of DJ Stewart’s 0,809 OPS is a classic reason why. If memory serves me correctly he was hitless for about his first 15 ABs or so, had an incredible hot streak, then didn’t do much of anything else after that. I’m sure even he would say he didn’t have a good year. These OPS numbers can really be skewed, especially when it’s only a little over 100 ABs. I don’t think he’s good defensively either. He’s a decent major league player who would be a fourth outfielder for a lot of teams but if he’s a starting outfielder for the O’s then they’ve got big problems.

  6. Massmonster

    May 10, 2021 at 9:47 am

    Do the O’s have a promising shortstop or second baseman in the minors?

    • Beachdogs

      May 10, 2021 at 11:30 am

      Adam Hall in Aberdeen had a good 2019 playing so and 2nd base at Delmarva . I think he is better playing 2nd

    • AR-Watch-2021

      May 10, 2021 at 12:32 pm

      Jahmai Jones 2B Norfolk has had good batting stats recently with OPS of 0.886 2019 Fall League Arizona, 0.857 OPS in only 7 PAs with Angels in 2020, and 0.924 OPS over 6 games/27 PAs at Norfolk in 2021.

      Richie Martin SS Norfolk also had good batting stats finishing 2019 strong with a 1.055 OPS over 31 PAs in Sep 2019. His OPS at Norfolk 2021 is 0.667 over 6 games/27 PAs.

      • Boog Robinson Robinson

        May 10, 2021 at 12:41 pm

        How do those OPS’s compare to Urias’?

    • CalsPals

      May 10, 2021 at 1:05 pm

      Lol…stir the pot, love it….go O’s…

    • dlgruber1

      May 10, 2021 at 3:24 pm

      I’m hearing really good things about Gunnar Henderson at SS but I think he’s only 19 and at A ball. But I’d keep my eye on him.

  7. Shamus

    May 10, 2021 at 9:55 am

    Grow the arms, buy the bats

  8. Orial

    May 10, 2021 at 10:49 am

    Seems we’ve had our hopes up about the young “up n coming” arms for at at least 20 years now only to be disappointed so I’ll guard my enthusiasm. That being said with new developmental tactics these days and names like Hall,Rodriguez,Baumann we may have an end to our wait.

  9. AR-Watch-2021

    May 10, 2021 at 12:35 pm

    DL Hall’s 2 walks over 4 1/3 inning converts to 4.16 walks per innings, better than his 5.1 per 9 innings but still higher than MLB average of 3.4 this season.

  10. AR-Watch-2021

    May 10, 2021 at 12:51 pm

    Minors position player watch: BA / OPS / Ks divided by ABs

    Cumberland 0.200 / 0.650 / 0.333
    Diaz 0.200 / 0.582 / 0.280
    Jones 0.227 / 0.924 / 0.182
    Martin 0.250 / 0.667 / 0.167

    Rutschman 0.190 / 0.701 / 0,360 (5G, 25PA)
    Patrick Dorrian 2B/3B/SS 24y-318d 0.333 / 1.446 / 0.176 (4G, 17PA) obtained from the Pirates (6/26/2019) as player to be named, Orioles sent RHP Yefry Ramirez to the Pirates 5/27/2019

    • Bhoffman1

      May 10, 2021 at 1:11 pm

      Are you a real human or robot

    • Orial

      May 10, 2021 at 1:17 pm

      Sorry I’m an old fart. Those stats are pig-Latin to me. Give me W/L,ERA for pitchers and BA,RBIs and HRs for hitters.

    • Bhoffman1

      May 10, 2021 at 1:18 pm


    • CalsPals

      May 10, 2021 at 1:30 pm

      Old fart as well, baseball knowledge tells me more than all the crazy stats…who really needs to know who bats better against someone during a full moon or Mercury retrograde…LMAO…go O’s…

    • Rich Dubroff

      May 10, 2021 at 1:50 pm

      Ray, Bruce and Orial,

      We try to cover baseball accurately, and while you may care for some of the newer stats that we use, they’re used by the Orioles and other teams, so we’re doing a disservice to you, the reader if we ignore or belittle them.

      OPS, which I often used, is displayed on the scoreboard along with batting average at Camden Yards, and it’s an important stat because it combines on-base percentage with slugging average.

      WHIP, another good stat, combines walks and hits with innings pitched.

      Those stats should enhance your enjoyment of the game. We try not to bury you in new stats, but those in analytic departments in baseball tend to discount what are called the counting stats.

      I still use them because many people can relate to them, but they don’t tell the whole story. Take Saturday night’s game. Matt Harvey was charged with an error and four runs scored as a result. Because the pitcher is considered a fielder, a rule that I think is silly, the runs were unearned and his ERA actually fell.

      Starting pitchers often don’t stay in a game long enough to be involved with the decision, so other stats are needed.

      If a player gets lots of singles, but doesn’t hit for power or walk, he may have a high batting average, but won’t have a high OPS.

      Ray, when you were coaching wrestling, I’ll bet you would have loved to have used analytics because they would have made you even a better coach than what you were. Of course, your knowledge of your sport and your experience in it made you an excellent coach. But, if you had a mathematical tool to measure a wrestler’s effectiveness, that would have been great.

      So, let’s not make fun of advanced stats and those who use them. I remember when people used to brag about their lack of computer skills. You don’t hear that very much these days.


        May 11, 2021 at 8:55 am

        I follow the Braves as well as the O’s. I assume they use analytics but their announcers (and articles) never talk about any advanced
        metrics. They say how hard HR’s were hit but that is about it.

        But they win.(#3 straight division titles) so they don’t have to talk constantly about analytics, do they?

        • Rich Dubroff

          May 11, 2021 at 3:25 pm

          All teams use analytics now, Vic. I don’t talk about them very much at all because I don’t know which stats they use, and they’re not forthcoming about it. I wouldn’t call OPS and WHIP advanced stats; they’re just standard stats that explain more than the basics. I don’t get to hear the announcers except when I’m not at the game.

    • CalsPals

      May 10, 2021 at 2:07 pm

      Not making fun of the stats, I just don’t like them, FORTUNATELY wrestling doesn’t have to do anything with stats, win or lose, no cookie cutter athletes, go with guys strong points, it’s almost all an eye test, I like eye tests & value your opinion, I’m familiar with both the extra stats you mention from playing fantasy baseball, I just don’t need a lot of stats, again, my opinion, but I love the eye test, thanks Rich…go O’s…

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      May 10, 2021 at 2:25 pm

      I’m offering Ramon Urias in trade for any one of the players you listed. You name which one. Do you take the deal?

      • Pure_Positive_PJs

        May 10, 2021 at 5:47 pm

        BRR, though I love Brett Cumberland as a switching hitting catcher who looks like a doleful lumberjack, I would trade Ramon Urias straight up for Brett Cumberland, but only after a heart felt, sincere farewell dinner with him and his family…

        It may surprise you, but over the last six games Ramon Urias is slashing

        0.333 0.444 0.400 0.844

        That’s batting average, followed by on base percentage, followed by slugging percentage, followed by OPS which is on base percentage + slugging percentage. FanGraphs also list Ramon as the Orioles top fielding 2B. I want the Orioles to field the best players they have in their organization without risking a temporarily struggling player to a waiver claim. I think I have a lot more patience with struggling players than most BB commenters as shown be my unwavering support for Urias and Severino.

        The Orioles need to get Severino and Franco out of their prolonged slumps.

        For the record, I am a math major, so yes, major stats geek, but old fart as well (57). I did coach baseball at the high school level for three years (one at JV, two at varsity), hitting and outfield coach, but before the upward launch angle approach to hitting – we actually used a device the forced a short downward path to the ball and another device that developed a balanced swing vs. a King-Kong, twist yourself into a cork screw, while swinging for the fences swing.

        92.5% human, 7.5% robot!

    • CalsPals

      May 10, 2021 at 2:29 pm

      I just threw up a lil bit in my mouth, ahhh…NO….LOL….go O’s…

    • CalsPals

      May 10, 2021 at 2:32 pm

      I think you meant to say may not care for them…go O’s…

  11. willmiranda

    May 10, 2021 at 2:49 pm

    Stats can be interesting and informative if they corroborate or question observations of the game. Two stats I like are height and weight, but they are hardly ever published although for us televiewers the saying holds that everybody is the same size on television (radio, even more so). Like all sports, baseball is primarily physical, and size, as they say, matters. Secondly, I don’t care much for OPS; I think exceptional singles hitters and sluggers have different skills worth keeping distinct. Finally, I find people using stats in discussions or arguments as facts. Opinions expressed numerically are still opinions and not probative. Almost all baseball stats, even the counting ones, are founded on someone’s judgment –ball or strike, hit or error, wild pitch or passed ball, etc. Further developed, the basic stats are massaged according to somebody’s opinion of how important that stat is in evaluating a player or team. Ironically, the most important and verifiable stat, wins and losses, is, on the record, as of no interest to the current major league team in Baltimore. Like it or not, though, stats are a part of baseball, and I thank Rich for providing those he does because I think he features them judiciously. But that’s just my opinion.

    • CalsPals

      May 10, 2021 at 2:55 pm

      Tony Gwynn would agree, god bless him…go O’s…

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      May 10, 2021 at 3:29 pm

      Your 3rd to last sentence … the one that starts with the word “Ironicly” … says it all WM. I wish I had written that.

    • Pure_Positive_PJs

      May 10, 2021 at 6:11 pm

      Batting average has a weak correlation to winning percentage, while on-base percentage, slugging percentage, and OPS, which is just on-base and slugging percentages added together, all have a strong correlation to winning percentage. OPS and WHIP predict winning percentage very well, those are two very telling stats.

      Not sure there are too many exceptional singles hitters any more.

      I actually think Hyde is trying hard to win games this season.

  12. DcOsfan

    May 10, 2021 at 11:27 pm

    I agree – generally the more players you have with high OPS, the more runs you score and generally the more pitchers you have with low WHIP, the fewer runs you allow. This translates into more Ws, the result all of us Os fans and thirsting for

    • willmiranda

      May 11, 2021 at 10:05 am

      I generally agree with you, and I’m not being sarcastic. But I think the excitement, interest, and drama of sports come from the particular, not the general. From, for example, the team that over a season or series scores fewer points or runs than the opposition, yet manages to win a championship. In the seven-game Mazeroski World Series, the Yankees obliterated the Pirates in the three games they won, but the Pirates eked out four wins to take the Series. (Yes, I am biased and take special pleasure in seeing the Stripers lose.) And the percentages and the odds are constantly changing; every play is replete with data from many aspects and at many depths. i think part of our discussion is about how deep in the weeds we want to go with different data, something that I think suits different temperaments differently. Knowing the physics of sound enhances listening to music for some people; for others, not so much.


    May 11, 2021 at 9:02 am

    We keep hearing about the great development of pitchers by the Elias regime. But which young pitcher has really proven himself at the major league level other than Means? They MAY be big time successes and I hope they do well. But let’s wait for their major league success before we praise Elias for their development,
    BTW – The Astros traded for or signed as free agents Verlander, Garrett Cole and Greinke. Why if their minor league pitchers were such studs?

  14. Phil770

    May 11, 2021 at 10:17 am

    I don’t know whether Elias is a genius or not, too early to tell. I do know that the team that Duquette put together to win now, lost more games in a season than any in the history of the franchise. His approach left the organization devoid of IFs, except 1B. Elias’ unwillingness to field a major league IF, especially defensively, is abysmal. He has failed in grasping that investment also needs to be in the fanbase. That shortcoming may well cost him his job. Baltimore is not Houston or Miami, where baseball has never been a big deal. It is important to execute the fundamentals, even in the front office. It was Dan’s undoing, may be Elias’ too. Believing you’re the smartest guy in the room is not sustainable.

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