The Baltimore Orioles finally took a step forward in the player development department in 2022.
They did a phenomenal job with their pitching team, getting great seasons from Dean Kremer, Jordan Lyles, Felix Bautista, Bryan Baker, Austin Voth, Cionel Perez, Dillon Tate, Tyler Wells and a great finish from Kyle Bradish.
It was a big factor behind their 83-79 finish in 2022.
However, we often fail to understand the quality of pitching prospects they have.
Two guys are expected to contribute a lot to the 2023 Orioles: Grayson Rodriguez and DL Hall.
Rodriguez is universally considered the best pitching prospect in the game and did not make his MLB debut.
Hall projects himself as a pretty number two guy if he can exploit his business.
Unlike Rodriguez, Hall made his MLB debut in 2022.
“I am grateful for DL Hall. He’s going to dominate in 2023. Here are his 19 strikeouts with the Orioles this season,” Connor Newcomb tweeted.
I am grateful for DL Hall.
It will dominate in 2023.
Here are his 19 strikeouts with the Orioles this season 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/G3rj1GSf6i
— Connor Newcomb (@ConnorNewcomb_) November 24, 2022
His tricks lead to a lot of strikeouts
Hall landed those 19 punches in just 13.2 innings, showing the quality of his game after game.
Many people consider his 2022 cameo a mediocre performance because he had a 5.93 ERA.
However, almost every other stroke prevention measure has shown to be much, much better than this.
He was very unlucky last season: his expected ERA (xERA) was 2.57, his Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP) was 1.65 and his expected FIP (xFIP) was 2.84.
Hall gives a lot of bases on balls, but he can be a good starter in the middle of the rotation even with a high walk rate.
If he can learn to throw more shots consistently, watch out: his 90s fastball and good slider-changing combo can make him a star.