The O's are hoping Hall will have a lot to offer the big league club down the road. Selected No. 21 overall, the 18-year-old lefty was just the third high school pitcher to come off the Draft board. Hall was considered a value pick when Baltimore took him, with several outlets predicting he'd go even higher.
"I'd have to say evaluating the three, my staff as a whole would probably rank DL's curveball better than the other two," said Orioles scouting director Gary Rajsich, who didn't think any of the top high school arms would be available when Baltimore got its turn. "His fastball was on par with the other two [high schoolers picked before him] and his makeup and mound presence, his poise, are right there with those guys."
Hall proved himself one of the best amateur pitchers in the country at Valdosta High School in Georgia, where he was named to several All-American teams over four years.
He ranked No. 14 on MLBPipeline.com's pre-Draft Top 200 thanks to a fluid delivery, a fastball that touches 95 mph and a curve evaluators love for its high spin rate. He became the first high school pitcher taken by the Orioles in the first round since Hunter Harvey in 2013.
Next up for Hall will be to report to the Orioles' Gulf Coast League affiliate and start to get back into shape. His last competitive outing was about two months ago in the second round of the state playoffs.
"I've been throwing since then," Hall said, "but I'm excited to get back on the mound and compete."