With their second-round pick (60th overall) the Baltimore Orioles selected infielder Adam Hall.
Hometown: London, Ont.
Height/Weight: 6' 0", 170 pounds
College Commitment: Texas A&M
Teams: Great Lake Canadians, Canadian Junior National Team
Coaches: Adam Stern, Adam Arnold, Mike Lumley, Greg Hamilton
Previous teams: Yankees Scout Team, Texas Orange, London Badgers
Twitter Handle: @hallsy_99
Slot Money: $1.1 million
Scouts: Chris Reitsma, Danny Haas and Matt Haas.
Hall was one of the standouts on the summer showcase circuit last year, showing outstanding 6.29 speed in the sixty and lots of athleticism that was sure keep him in the middle of the infield for many years to come. He hit surprisingly well given his slender young build, with very quick hands and plenty of power to all fields. He had multiple extra base hits, including a no doubt home run, at the heavily scouted Area Code Games and was a Perfect Game All-American in addition to the top Canadian in the PG class rankings.
Hall’s name has been conspicuously absent from discussions with scouts and cross checkers as the draft nears, however. Scouts have reported that his bat speed on the Canadian National 18U team’s annual spring trip to Florida, where most top Canadian prospects are cross checked, was down from last summer with a less aggressive approach at the plate.
Still, too many scouting directors and cross checkers saw him too often last summer at the top of his game to forget about Hall’s tools. He could be a surprise come draft time.
Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 40 | Run: 65 | Arm: 50 | Field: 55 | Overall: 45
Canada has produced a fair share of Draft talent over the years, with Josh Naylor and Mike Soroka the most recent examples to get taken in the first round, both in 2015. But there hasn’t been much in the way of middle infielders to come from North of the Border and while Hall may not go as high as that pair in 2015, he does have a shot to be a rare Canadian shortstop at the next level.
The Texas A&M commit might be a bit unpolished, but he has considerable tools and upside. He has a decent approach at the plate for his age and experience level, with a natural feel to hit. There should be some power in the future as well. Hall is a plus runner and uses that speed well on the base paths. He is capable of making the spectacular play defensively and while his arm might grade out as average, he can reach back for more when needed and he’s usually very accurate. He will struggle at times with the backhand play, but most feel he can stick at short. If not, he’d make an outstanding second baseman and has enough arm for third.
Hall needs to add strength to his athletic frame, but that should come as he matures. He turns 18 not long before the Draft, giving him plenty of time to fulfill his fairly high ceiling.