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Baltimore Orioles select D.L. Hall 21st Overall

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Baltimore Orioles select D.L. Hall 21st Overall

D.L. Hall

The Baltimore Orioles selected D.L. Hall with the 21st pick in the 2017 MLB draft. D.L. Hall becomes the first high school pitcher drafted by the Orioles in the first round since Hunter Harvey in 2013. D.L. Hall is also the first left-handed pitcher selected in the first round by the Orioles since Adam Loewen in 2003. To no surprise, the Orioles showed interest in Hall’s 90-93 MPH fastball reaching up to 95 with late arm-side run.

Furthermore, Hall features a hard breaking ball with downhill tilt coupled with his average changeup that has shown improvement this season. Most importantly, Hall is notable for his command of the strike zone; and although Hall is not big or physical, the 6’0″ 190 lb left-hander has plenty of room to add strength to his already live throwing arm.

Not only does Hall show promise and upside, Hall backed his high school performance with many accolades. For the 2017 draft, Hall was ranked as the No. 8 overall pitching prospect and the No. 13 overall draft prospect in Baseball America’s Top 200 Prospects and the No. 14 overall draft prospect by

This season Hall compiled 105 strikeouts in only 51.1 innings while posting a 1.36 ERA. He was named a 2017 Rawlings-Perfect Game First Team Senior Preseason All-American and to the Southeast – All-Region First Team. In 2016, Hall dominated with a 6-1 record and 1.81 ERA helping Houston County High School win the GHSA Class 5A state championship. In addition, Hall was named a Rawlings-Perfect Game Preseason Underclass All-American in 2016.

The Future?

The Baltimore Orioles have been struggling with pitching over the past couple of seasons. The Orioles have addressed the issue by drafting D.L. Hall 21st overall in the 2017 draft. The young left-hander has the making of a major league starting pitching. As Hall continues to refine his pitches and mechanics in the minor leagues, his command, velocity, and offspeed will only get better. Only time will tell, but on paper, Hall looks and fits the model of a successful major leaguer for years to come.