2015 Draft Profile: Matt Hall

School: Missouri State; Class: Junior

Position: LHP; B/T: L/L

Height: 6-1; Weight: 190

Previously Drafted: N/A

 

Background: Overshadowed by Jon Harris, his more highly-touted rotation-mate, Hall has surpassed nearly every pitcher’s production in 2015. Through his first 17 games – 15 starts – the 6-foot-1, 190-pound southpaw has fanned a staggering 152 batters – the most, by a wide margin, among all D1 hurlers. College of Charleston pitcher Taylor Clarke and future first round pick Carson Fulmer are tied with second most with 136.

Hall had two solid back-to-back seasons for the Bears in 2013 and 2014, posting a 104-to-50 strikeout-to-walk in 119.0 innings of work. He also made eight appearances with the Falmouth Commodores in the Cape last summer, throwing 42.2 innings with 47 punch outs, 10 free passes, and a sparkling 2.11 ERA.

 

Projection: Not overpowering in the traditional sense, Hall relies more on pitchability and guile. His control has never been great, but it grades out as an average skillset. He’ll miss a handful of bats in the professional ranks – something around 7.2 K/9 – and should easily dominate the lower levels. Nice mid- to back-of-the-rotation caliber arm, maybe peaking around a decent #4.  Think something along the lines of Mike Leake.

 

Ceiling:  1.5- to 2.0-win player

Floor:  1.0-win player

Risk:  Moderate to High

Grade: Second Round

 

 

Photo Courtesy of news-leader.com.



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After serving as a video scout/analyst for Baseball Info Solutions, Joe Werner began writing at his original site, ReleasePoints.com. He’s since transitioned into his current niche, prospect analysis, at ProspectDigest.com. He has been fortunate — and incredibly blessed — to have some of his work published and mentioned by several major media outlets, including: ESPN, Cleveland.com and the Baseball Research Journal. He can be reached at: JosephMWerner@yahoo.com.