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2017 First Round Pick, LHP DL Hall Off to Solid Start in 2018 (from @BabyBirdland)


Fans of the Baltimore Orioles are finally getting a good look at LHP prospect DL Hall. That look should provide hope for the future.

Hall was selected in the first round of the 2017 draft (21st overall) as an 18-year-old prep hurler out of Valdosta High School in Georgia. Assigned to the Gulf Coast League (Class-Rookie) after signing with the Orioles, he saw relatively limited action in 2017. In 10.1 innings over 5 games he pitched to a 6.97 ERA while walking 10, striking out 12 and hitting one: his WHIP of 1.94 was accompanied by .263 opponent’s batting average against.

Hall calls Delmarva of the South Atlantic League (Class-A Low) home right now in 2018. The Shorebirds’ relative close proximity to the Baltimore area allows fans to see much more of him than they did in 2017.

Through 2 games, Hall has no record but has pitched 5.0 innings to a 1.80 ERA. Of the 2 runs he has given up, only one was earned. Hall has surrendered 4 hits while walking 5 and striking out 4. Sally League batters are hitting him at a .250 clip, however.

Hall faced the minimum through 3 innings in his 2018 debut. He was aided by 2 double plays and finished with a line of 3.0 innings pitched, 0 runs, 1 hit, 1 walk and 2 strikeouts. His latest start this past Tuesday was not quite as stellar. Fighting the cold (40 degree temperature at game time) and snow flurries in Hagerstown, he lasted just 2.0 innings and 3 additional batters. Hall finished the night with 2 runs (1 earned) and 3 hits surrendered with 4 walks and 2 strikeouts. He was unable to find the plate for most of the second inning and left after two consecutive walks in the third. I am of the opinion that the cold affected Hall as he ended the first inning with back-to-back strikeouts but threw 11 balls out of 16 pitches in the second inning. Likewise, 8 of 11 pitches into the third inning were balls; the cold just caused Hall to lose the feel for the baseball.

At 19 years old, Hall has a fastball the sits in the mid 90’s and can hit 95 mph when needed; his curveball is considered a plus pitch as well. If his debut is any indication, fans can expect positive things from him in 2018. He should meet, if not exceed, expectations the rest of the season.

There was an excitement in the air on the two occasions when Hall pitched. I anticipate that excitement continuing throughout the rest of the season. The Orioles may very well have found a gem with this draft pick; time will tell.   I am certain, however, that if Orioles fans see Hall pitch when they visit the Eastern Shore they will come away impressed and optimistic for the future. This young man is the real deal; mark my words.


** To read more from Josh Michael (founder/editor Baby Birdland), Nick Stevens and myself about all levels of the Baltimore Orioles minor leagues please visit Baby Birdland **



RHP Michael Baumann Has Been Pretty Dominant Thus Far in 2018 for Delmarva Shorebirds (from @BabyBirdland)

Michael Baumann

Delmarva Shorebirds’ RHP Michael Baumann has made his presence known in the South Atlantic League in a big way. Baumann, the Baltimore Orioles’ 2017 third round draft pick out of Jacksonville University, is proving to be unfazed by his first full year of professional baseball.

Through Thursday night’s action, the Shorebirds are in first place in the Sally League with a record of 7-1; Baumann has played a huge role in the team’s success.

Tasked with starting on Opening Night and leading the rotation for the Shorebirds, Baumann is 2-0 on the young campaign. He has made two starts and in 11.0 innings of work he owns a 0.82 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP to go along with 19 strikeouts and 3 walks. Sally League hitters have managed only 7 hits off of Baumann, none of which resulted in extra bases, while hitting a paltry .189 off of him on the season.

Baumann has been the model of consistency in his two starts. Yes, it is a small sample size, but it is impressive nonetheless:

Game 1: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K

Game 2: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 9 K

Utilizing a fastball that is rated 60 on the 20-80 scale, Baumann is able to hit 97 mph on the speed gun while generally sitting in the 92-94 mph range. He throws an above-average slider, which when paired with his curveball or change-up, allows him to miss bats as his early stats demonstrate.

Baumann’s 2017 season at Aberdeen (Class-A Short) provided a glimpse into what could be expected from the 22 year-old hurler. In 10 games (9 starts) for the Ironbirds he pitched to a 4-2 record over 41.1 innings with a 1.31 ERA and 1.06 WHIP. Baumann fanned 41 batters and walked 19 while allowing 25 hits and a .168 batting average against.

It was that 2017 season that helped Baumann earn his spot as the Orioles’ 15th rated prospect on MLB Pipeline’s list and the #13 spot on Baby Birdland’s pre-season top 15 list. You can read why we had him rated so high HERE

At the time that our list was compiled I do not believe anyone foresaw a start such as the one Baumann has had so far in 2018. Using the general rule that a promotion follows a player showing dominance and mastery of his current level I anticipate Baumann moving to Frederick (Class-A High) at the Sally League All-Star break should he continue on his current pace.

I acknowledge that a 142 game season is the great equalizer for young players but am certain that Baumann is up to the task. The early signs are that he is a solid addition to the organization and that he will bolster the pitching staff for years to come.

Enjoy watching this pitcher Orioles fans, he possibly could be on the fast track to Baltimore.

** To read more from Josh Michael (founder/editor Baby Birdland), Nick Stevens and myself about all levels of the Baltimore Orioles minor leagues please visit Baby Birdland **


@BabyBirdland Preseason Top 15 Prospects List: #8 LHP DL Hall

Today we continue on with our unveiling of our Preseason Top 15 O’s Prospects list and we have arrived at #8, left-handed pitcher DL Hall.Photo: Baby BirdlandHall, 19, was the Orioles’ first round selection in last year’s MLB Draft out of Valdosta High School in Georgia. I, along with others, felt that getting Hall at…

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@BabyBirdland Preseason Top 15 Prospects List: #13 RHP Michael Baumann

By Contributing Writer: Chuck Boemmel Jr.Coming in at #13 on Baby Birdland’s Pre-Season Top 15 is RHP Michael Baumann. Baumann was the Baltimore Orioles 3rd round draft pick in 2017 (98th overall) out of Jacksonville University, the same school that has produced both Austin Hays (2016) and Daniel Murphy (2006).Photo: Patrick CaveyBaumann was a strike…

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@BabyBirdland Pre-Season Top 15 Prospects: #15 Zac Lowther

It’s February, pitchers and catchers report soon, and despite the cold temperatures, baseball season is right around the corner. It also means it’s time for Baby Birdland’s Preseason Top 15 Prospects list, and we begin with #15, LHP Zac Lowther.Photo: Chuck Boemmel JrLowther, 21, was the Orioles Competitive Balance Round B selection in the 2017…

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From @BabyBirdland: A Look At A Bright Future for Adam Hall in 2018

By Contributing Writer: Chuck Boemmel Jr Baltimore Orioles minor league shortstop Adam Hall will look to put his injury behind him and reintroduce himself to fans in 2018.Photo: Baby Birdland Hall, the Orioles’ 2nd round draft pick (60th overall) in 2017, out of A B Lucas Secondary School (London, Ontario, Canada) was sent to the Gulf Coast…

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