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For top prospects like left-handed pitcher DL Hall, the road to the MLB is never easy and is often filled with many ups and downs along the way.
Hall, a Georgia native, has posted a 2-3 record and 3.86 ERA in 53.2 innings for High-A Frederick this year. Although the 20-year-old has had an inconsistent 2019 campaign thus far, his strikeout numbers are very promising.
Hall has recorded 80 strikeouts this season, which is tops in the Carolina League. But high strikeout numbers often bring high walk numbers as well, and that has been the case for Hall. He is second in the Carolina League with 42 walks this season.
"It's something that we are working on as an organization, just putting guys away. My numbers this year have kind of reflected that," Hall said on
Glenn Clark Radio June 28. "When you're going for strikeouts you walk a lot of people. This year has kind of been a bumpy start for me as far as all my other numbers go."
Although Hall is less than thrilled with his numbers this year besides strikeouts, he is not too worried because at this point all he is focused on is development.
"When you are trying to develop your stuff and each and every pitch to be a plus pitch, then you know you're going to get strikeouts and you're also going to get walks. It's all about developing and getting those pitches to a big-league level," Hall said. "I envision myself just pitching. I don't want to say either way because either way I'm going to be happy as long as I am getting outs. I don't care how it's happening."
Hall was recently named to the All-Star Futures Game, which will be held in Cleveland July 7. Hall will join fellow Orioles pitching prospect Grayson Rodriguez at the showcase.
With prospects like Hall and Rodriguez, the Orioles are heading in the right direction, and another prospect who is a big part of the team's future is this year's No. 1 overall pick, Adley Rutschman. Hall is very excited to have the former Oregon State catcher join the organization. Rutschman won the Golden Spikes Award as the top amateur player in the country this spring.
"It's always good to get a top player in the nation like that. It's also fun to think you'll be playing along with someone so talented," Hall said. "As a pitcher, it's even more exciting because you know you're getting one of the best catchers in the country. Also a really good bat in the lineup to get you some runs."
A newer aspect of the game that has been introduced to players in the Orioles' minor-league system this year is the use of advanced technology. While its impact varies from player to player, most have seen some sort of benefit from the new technology.
"I have always been [hard-nosed] and not big into the technology stuff, but this year being my first time around it, you get to see how your pitches play at the big-league level," Hall said. "When I am struggling, being able to see through the data how my pitches will play if they are in the strike zone gives me that boost of confidence that it's there and I just have to get some things ironed out."
To hear more from Hall, listen to the full interview here: