BY MATT PYNE, @MPyne_OU_PR
The Orioles have officially signed 2017 1st Round Selection DL Hall (Valdosta High School). Hall signed for around $3 million, just barely over the slot at 21st overall. Hall put together a 1.36 ERA and compiled 105 strikeouts in just 51.1 innings in 2017. He will be sent to Sarasota to begin his professional career in the Gulf Coast League. Hall was considered to not only be one of the best southpaw pitchers in the draft, he was also seen as one of the more elite High School players. In his initial press conference, Orioles Scouting Director Gary Rajsich ranked Hall's curveball as the best in the organization among Orioles prospect. To see a breakdown of Hall's mix of pitches and mechanics, click here.
For the FULL Press Conference, click here.
DL Hall is young, so the Orioles are going to have to ease him through the system with care (ie. do not want to repeat a Hunter Harvey situation). But, Hall should certainly give Orioles fans hope for the future. The Orioles desperately need future pitching assets and with Hall sliding in the draft down to 21, the O's may have just lucked into a heck of a value.