|Darick Hall, image- Jay Floyd
A 14th round draft selection in 2016, the Dallas Baptist product made his professional debut with the short-season Class A Williamsport Crosscutters that same year. In 57 games there, Hall tallied a .282 batting average with nine home runs and 29 RBI. His .890 OPS led the New York-Penn League.
Hall, a left-handed hitter, moved up to full-season Class A in 2017 and with Lakewood, sporting a .272 average with 28 doubles, a triple, 27 home runs (team record) and 96 RBI (another team record) in 114 games.
He would close out his 2017 campaign with a week in the Class A Advanced Florida State League playing for Clearwater. In seven games with the Threshers, the six-foot-four 242-pounder posted a .231 batting average with a pair of homers and five RBI.
The clean-up hitter's presence in the lineup for a Lakewood club that had several teenagers that were learning what minor league life was like, playing everyday, traveling up and down the east coast, was crucial. Hall, who played three seasons of college ball helped his teammates learn what the professional athlete life is all about. Hall is an individual that can lead by example and he did just that all year long.
In 2018, Hall continued his top offensive efforts, torching the FSL for two months. In 48 games, he batted .277 with 12 doubles, 11 home runs and 35 RBI.
Promoted to Double-A Reading on June 1st, Hall would see his batting average dip in the Eastern League, but the power numbers did not fall off. In 80 games for the Fightins, Hall tallied a .224 average with 10 doubles, a triple, 15 homers and 52 RBI.
This off-season, Hall competed in the prestigious Arizona Fall League. There with the Scorpions he batted .234 while launching four round-trippers and driving in 12 runs through 18 games.
Aside from his missle-like long balls, the 23-year-old's daily work and preparation are the things that impress his coaches the most.
From a family where two of his uncles (Ladd Hall and Shane Hall) were drafted by big league teams, Hall feels structure is important to his game. Everything from diet and practice to making a game plan and following through have been critical to his success.
Hall preaches "confidence is key" and knows where he needs to improve. While notching triple digits in strike outs each of the past two years, the talented slugger worked throughout the winter on refining his approach at the plate. Hall shared with me over the off-season that he picked up a timing tip from Mets prospect Pete Alonso that he hopes will help him going forward.
On defense, Hall is solid. He is an accurate thrower with a .991 career fielding percentage.
Expect Hall to open the coming season back with Reading, as he looks to have another big year while striving to reach the top level of the sport.
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