Orioles #17 Prospect Adam Hall – SS

Pic: Patrick Cavey

Age: 20
2019 Level: A

Tools (current/future value)
Hit: 30/50
Game Power: 30/40
Raw Power: 30/40
Run: 60/60
Glove: 45/50
Arm: 45/45

Most Likely Future Role: Utility
Ceiling: Low end everyday second baseman

What we know: The 20-year old right-handed hitting shortstop/second baseman put up a solid year in the Sally League. Hall showed a solid hit tool and the ability to hit to all filed, including some occasional pull power. He brings plus speed to the base paths and show good instincts for stealing bases. Hall is not afraid to the crowd the plate and led the team in getting hit by 22 pitches which combined with his 45 walks and .298 average allowed him to put up an impressive .385 OBP. Defensively Hall played some second base along with shortstop before moving to shortstop once Cadyn Grenier was promoted to Frederick in Mid-July. Showed good range and his arm played up at second base, but he’s a little stiff and lacks the quick twitch athleticism teams prefer at SS at the major league level.

What we don’t know: Hall’s strikeout rate was a little high for a guy with below average power and there’s some concern that he may not have the bat speed to hit upper velocity. Does he have enough bat to be an everyday guy who will he better off in a utility position at some point?

What we think: Hall has enough speed, hit tool and glove that he should be able to be an effective utility player at the big league level. If he can add a little power and he proves that he can hit upper level pitching, there’s still a chance he could end up as an everyday second baseman. We could also see him given some opportunities in center field at some point in order to add versatility.

Another Take: There’s a lot to like about Adam Hall. He lashes line drives and hard ground balls all over the field. He has enough raw power to project as a regular. He takes a professional AB. He’s a plus runner who will stick up the middle on the dirt. But he also doesn’t lift the ball so his game power is well below average and he has more swing and miss than you’d want in a slap hitter. So the projection is utility infielder unless he improves his contact skills or learns how to lift the ball. (Luke Siler)

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