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Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Hall's Orioles Instructional League Update

The Orioles have started to stack intriguing middle infield prospects in their minor league system over the last few years. While many of them are Mike Elias picks from recent drafts, there is one Dan Duquette-era selection with loud tools that still have a chance to turn into a big-league contributor.

Adam Hall is a Bermuda-born infielder that the Orioles selected out of London, Ontario with the 60th overall pick back in the 2017 draft. Since then, he has made a steady climb up the organizational ladder, spending a full season in what was then short-season Aberdeen in 2018 and then an entire year in low-A Delmarva before ending up in high-A Aberdeen in 2021.

Where he lands on the various ďTop ProspectĒ charts has a decent amount of variance. The Athleticís Keith Law is highest on him, placing him as the organizationís sixth-best prospect prior to the season. MLB Pipeline places him 15th, but their list now includes 2021 draft picks, two of which are ahead of Hall. Finally, there is FanGraphs, another list with two members of the 2021 class ahead of Hall, which puts him 16th.

The assignment to Aberdeen was perhaps a bit conservative from the Oriolesí perspective at first blush. Hall had posted a 133 wRC+ over 122 games as a 20-year-old at low-A in 2019. It didnít seem unreasonable to think he could have progressed enough in the year without a minor league season to earn a spot in Double-A heading into 2021. But him being a Canadian citizen may have hurt him in that regard. Due to COVID restrictions, Hall could not enter the U.S. until the fall instructional league in 2020. That delayed his development, and is likely the reason for the cautious approach.

Whatever the reason, Hall did struggle statistically this past season. Over 81 games with the IronBirds, the middle infielder slashed .248/.335/.337 with three home runs and a strikeout rate of nearly 30%. Contributing to the struggles were a pair of stints on the IL with a quadricep strain.

Itís not all bad news. Hall did once again flash his ability to steal bases. He was successful on 26 of 27 attempts. Plus, this season represents the only real setback in his career to this point, and it came in a league where he was almost an entire year younger than the average player. It shouldnít cause the organization or close followers of the teamís minor leaguers to lose hope.

Something that will be worth following regarding Hall is his eligibility for the Rule 5 draft in December, provided that ongoing CBA negotiations do not drastically alter the process.

As things stand, Hall will be Rule 5 eligible for the first time this offseason. The odds of the Orioles protecting him from the major league portion would seem quite low. He is yet to play above High-A, and the club has a handful of other players that are closer to big-league ready that will need to be protected. Given where he is in his development, it also seems unlikely that another organization would be able to hang onto him for an entire season, but itís not impossible. Anthony Santander had only played as high as High-A prior to being picked by the Orioles back in 2016, and thatís worked out pretty well.

What may be more interesting is to see how the Oís attempt to protect him from the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft. He would need to be placed on the Triple-A roster for the time being to completely protect him, or they could give a slightly lesser promotion to increase the price tag for a team that is interested. That is a far riskier game.

Hallís season was a disappointment, but there remains enough there for the Orioles to do what they can tp keep him in the organization. His skillset is valuable, and it has a chance to work at the highest level. Plus, his struggles this year were accompanied by enough oddities (COVID year, injuries, body composition changes) that it could mean that 2022 provides a far more fair sample on which to judge than 2021 did.
Thursday, October 21, 2021
Hall Taking Part in Orioles Instructional League Action

A number of the Oriolesí top prospects including Adam Hall reported to the Ed Smith Stadium complex in Sarasota, Florida for four weeks of instruction.

The Orioles could use the Instructional League to help them make decisions on the 40-man roster.

The Orioles have a few prospects who are trying to convince the team that they should be protected.

One is infielder Hall, who was the teamís second-round pick in 2017. Hall had a solid year at Delmarva in 2019, hitting .298 with five home runs, 45 RBIs, and a .780 OPS.

This past season was more challenging for the 22-year-old, who was born in Bermuda but raised in Canada. Hall hit .248 with three home runs and 27 RBIs and struck out 100 times in 81 games at Aberdeen.
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Hallís Aberdeen IronBirds Season Stats & Career Numbers

Adam Hall and his Aberdeen IronBirds teammates finished up their 2021 season with a record of 58-61.

Hall led the team in the Batting Average at .248, he also led the team in Stolen Bases with 26.

Hall season stats saw him have 294 At Bats, scoring 40 Runs, off 73 Hits, with 3 Home Runs, he also had 27 Runs Batted In, to go along with the 26 Stolen Bases.

Hallís overall Minor League Baseball Career numbers sees him have 988 At Bats, scoring 157 Runs, off 282 Hits, with 9 Home Runs, he also has 98 Runs Batted In, to go along with the 82 Stolen Bases.
Monday, September 20, 2021
Hall & Aberdeen IronBirds Fall to the Greenville Drive

Adam Hall and his Aberdeen IronBirds teammates went down 4 Ė 1 to the Greenville Drive.

Greenville took the lead with a run in the top of the fourth, but Aberdeen drew level with a run in the bottom of the fifth, Greenville would score two runs in the top of the 7th, and then they would add an insurance run in the top of the 9th to earn the win.

Hall went 3 for 5 from the plate with a Stolen Base his 26th of the season.
Sunday, September 19, 2021
Hall & Aberdeen IronBirds Edged by the Greenville Drive

Adam Hall and his Aberdeen IronBirds teammates were edged the Greenville Drive 3 - 2.

Aberdeen took the lead with a run in the bottom of the first, Greenville would score three times in the top of the 3rd, to take a 3 Ė 1 lead, Aberdeen would pull a run back in the bottom half of the inning, but they could not find another run to send the game into extra innings.

Hall went 0 for 4 from the plate with two strikeouts.
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