Oh, it has been a long time coming for this. Minor League Baseball is being played for the first time since September of 2019!
With some new arrangements to the minor leagues, the 2021 MiLB season is underway! In the Orioles system, many highly valued prospects continue their journey to the big leagues. One of those names, the Orioles’ No. 4 overall prospect, D.L. Hall, had a very good start to this new season.
Pitching to baseball’s No. 2 overall prospect, Adley Rutschman, Hall had the chance to preview a battery combo we can only hope and pray to see in Camden Yards. After watching this start, there are countless reasons as to why that battery will be a huge deal here at OPACY very soon.
This game started in the middle of a torrential downpour, but that did not stop Hall. Through 4.1 innings, the young left-hander stifled the Altoona Curve’s lineup, that could muster up only two hits. Along with that, Hall managed to strikeout 10 batters.
Hitting up to 99 mph on his fastball, Hall showed some incredible poise in awful weather. Maintaining great command of that fastball helped set up a lot of strikeout counts, where he was able to work in his changeup and very deadly curveball.
DL Hall is easily one of the lost exciting Oriole prospects, in large part due to that flamethrower of a left arm. This will be a very fun season to watch Hall, as he is expected to improve on an already impressive minor league career. Thus far, Hall holds a 2.89 ERA in 47 games and has 238 strikeouts in 189.2 innings of work. For the numbers people, that averages out to an 11.3 SO/9, which is pretty darn good.
The battery of Hall and Rutschman in Bowie is one every Oriole fan should keep their eye on this minor league season. Throughout this season, expect both to possibly make the jump to Triple-A Norfolk, most likely towards the end of the season.
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