Name: DL Hall (click link for full 2019 scouting report)
Age as of 6/30/20: 21
Current Grade: 30
Future Grade: 50
Ceiling Grade: 65
Most Likely Future Role: Middle of Rotation starter
Ceiling: Top of Rotation starter
Quick Scouting Report Update: When it comes to pure stuff, no pitcher in the organization can touch this left-hander. With a fastball that can sit in the 96-98 MPH range, and a hammer curve, and a change up that showed promise during the axillary camp, Hall has the stuff to be a top of the rotation starter. The problem though continues to be his ability to throw consistent strikes. Forget commanding the baseball, hall is still trying to master controlling his pitches. Hall throws too many uncompetitive pitches that are balls out of the hand that experienced hitters don’t chase.
Hall had his struggles at times facing the experienced hitters where they didn’t chase his curveball in the dirt. with an ability to land the pitch consistently, hitters could just discount the pitch too often. The good news was that his change actually improved and he was throwing it for quality strikes late in camp.
It’s hard to get too up or down based off this summer, but at 22 years old next season, Hall needs to start harnessing stuff or he will begin to have a reliever risk. It’s too early to discount his ability to start, especially with his ability to flash three plus pitches, but his inability to throw consistent strikes will hurt him as he faces the more experienced hitters in the upper minors.
Saying all that, Hall continues to be tough to barrel so even if he can’t throw enough strikes to stick as a starter, he’s got the pure stuff to be a dangerous late inning impact reliever.