We’re down to the top three in The Baltimore Battery 2020 Prospect Profiles Countdown! Coming in as the No. 3 overall prospect in the Orioles organization, and up next on our countdown is 21-year-old left-handed pitcher, DL Hall.
Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 55 | Changeup: 55 | Control: 45 | Overall: 55
Dayton Lane Hall was drafted by the Orioles 21st overall in the 2017 MLB Draft out of Valdosta High School in Valdosta, Georgia. He signed for above slot at $3 million.
As a junior, Hall went 6–1 with a 1.81 ERA and tallied 89 strikeouts. During summer 2016, he played in the Under Armour All-America Baseball Game at Wrigley Field in Chicago and the Perfect Game All-American Game at Petco Park in San Diego.
After being drafted by the Orioles in 2017, Hall was assigned to the Gulf Coast League Orioles, where he struggled, giving up eight earned runs in 10.1 innings of work.
Hall would begin to find his grove in 2018 with the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds. In his first full year in the Orioles organization, Hall went 2-7, but don’t let his win-loss record fool you. The southpaw ended the year with a 2.10 ERA and struck out 100 batters in 22 games (20 starts).
His strong season with Delmarva earned Hall back-to-back Pitcher of the Week honors, along with being selected as a Baseball America Low Class-A All-Star.
2019 would bring continued success for Hall, this time with the High Class-A Frederick Keys. Hall had another solid year, ending with a 3.46 ERA along with 116 strikeouts in 19 games (17 starts).
Hall would take the big stage during the All-Star Break, as he was selected to pitch in the 2019 Futures Game at Progressive Field in Cleveland. Although getting chipped by a broken bat liner, Hall would toss a one-two-three scoreless inning, alongside fellow Orioles prospect Grayson Rodriguez.
Hall already pitches with a plus fastball, sitting at 92-94 mph and reaching 96, with late life that makes the pitch difficult to barrel up. He has an above-average curveball, and he has made strides in developing his fading changeup. He also does a good job repeating his simple delivery and knows how to find his release point with each pitch. This suggests that he could develop above-average command.
Only being 21 years old, Hall still has a lot of time to develop throughout the Orioles farm system. He is projected to start the 2020 campaign with the Double-A Bowie Baysox.
Hall has the chance to be a solid left-handed mid-rotation starter. There is no doubt in my mind that he will be a center piece in the Orioles’ starting rotation. Fans can most likely expect to see Hall at Camden Yards somewhere around mid-2022-2023.
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