As first reported by MASN’s Roch Kubatko, left-hander D.L. Hall will be joining the Baltimore Orioles in St. Petersburg, Florida, for their series against the Tampa Bay Rays.
As of now, the expectation is that Hall will start Saturday afternoon against Rays left-hander, Shane McClanahan.
Hall is the Orioles’ No. 4 prospect and MLB’s No. 62 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. The hard-throwing southpaw was the Orioles’ first round draft pick in 2017, before current Orioles GM Mike Elias arrived.
A Georgia high school product, Hall received a $3 million signing bonus on the strength of an above average fastball and a breaking ball that most evaluators considered a plus. He also showed a promising changeup but had some questions about the consistency of his strike-throwing ability.
Across his tenure, Hall has fought injuries and has battled through the command issues that evaluators alluded to. In 2021, Hall pitched just 31.2 innings due to a stress reaction in his throwing arm.
He has been slowly built up this year, starting in extended spring training, moving up through two levels before being promoted to Triple-A Norfolk.
Possessing a fastball that has hit triple digits, Hall has started 20 games this season, posting a 4.52 ERA in 77.2 innings pitched between three levels.
He has struck out 126 batters against 45 walks on the season and has a WHIP of 1.416 and a 14.6 K/9.
As for how Hall will be handled in the bigs, that remains to be seen. One thing for certain is that Hall is here and will be thrown into the middle of a playoff race.
Get the gas cans ready, Birdland. Dayton Layne Hall has arrived.
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