Orioles fans are excited about the future of a young ace


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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.

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.




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