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D.L. Hall
Name: Dayton Layne Hall
Born: Sep 19, 1998 in Warner Robins, GA
High School: Valdosta (Ga.) HS
Ht.: 6'0" / Wt.: 180 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: L
Drafted in the 1st round (21st overall) by the Baltimore Orioles in 2017 (signed for $3,000,000)
Hall's performance at the 2016 East Coast Pro Showcase was the stuff of legend. With the eyes of baseball's entire amateur scouting community upon him, Hall struck out seven batters--including Jeter Downs, Tim Elko and Brady McConnell--in three electric innings. Hall has arguably the highest ceiling of any pitcher in this year's class. His fastball velocity sometimes settles in in the low 90s but mostly works at 92-95 and touches 96. His fastball command can come and go, but he is a good athlete, and scouts expect him to develop better command as he matures physically. His curveball shows exceptionally late break with 1-to-7 shape; some scouts grade it as a future 60 while optimists have rated it as high as a 70. He can show an above-average changeup when he is throwing strikes, with the pitch showing late tumbling action in the low 80s. Hall is committed to Florida State. His inconsistency hurt his draft stock a bit during the spring, but his upside remains unquestioned and he's unlikely to slide too far in the first round. Hall is a bit older for the class, and will turn 19 in September.
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