D.L. Hall, LHP
D.L. Hall has been thought of as the second best high school lefty (and no one expected MacKenzie Gore to fall to the Orioles). Baltimore got an absolute steal with Hall falling this far, and fans will love watching him develop. Currently, he sits in the low 90’s with a pinpoint fastball, and loop a heavy curveball on two strike counts for the easy out.
It’s a little disappointing to see a franchise that should be in win-now mode draft a development project. On the board, we saw a more mature pitcher in Tanner Houck and a top OF prospect Jeren Kendall. It could end up working out for the Orioles if Hall develops a third pitch. He could be an excellent middle addition to staff with little future, but the real problem is…will he sign? He has a strong commitment to FSU, and dropping almost 10 spots from his projection means he might be donning Seminole gear soon.
Major League Comp: Scott Kazmir is the ML comparison on nearly every publication out there. I tried to find another, and his peripherals show a little Gio Gonzalez, but Kazmir is perfect. Breaking pitches lead his arsenal, a #2/#three ceiling, and similar deliveries make me not out think the scouting world.
Adam Hall, SS
The second of the Halls is as youthful as his counterpart, and his potential is just as high. In time, he will fill the six hole that doesn’t have too high of candidates, but it may take a few extra years of development. Defensively, he’s smooth and athletic; with the stick, his mechanics are sharp—but they lack great consistency. If his bat keeps up with his defense, Adam Hall will be a regular in the Orioles lineup for years.
Major League Comp: Jose Iglesias has the defense. He has the speed. He has the line drive rate and extra-base hit capability to be a perfect mirror for Hall. He’s not the sexiest match but remembers, he’s averaged 2 WAR a year for the last three years and is working on a 4th now.
Jack Conlon, RHP
With a fastball touching 95, and a slider a dozen ticks slower, Conlon has the makings of a perfect bullpen piece—but his size (6’4” 220) screams starter. He needs to work on his changeup to give Major League hitters something to think about three times through the order, and if he does, he could join D.L. on the starting staff. His delivery is very wonky, every limb and extremity flailing at times, but John Wasdin, the new pitching development guru, could calm things down soon.
Major League Comp: Addison Reed uses his similar frame and ¾ arm slot to pitch on a downhill plane and get productive strikeouts. The slider is his #2, and the control is equal to Conlon’s. Reeds mechanics got fixed over time, and so can Jack’s…in time.