Brooks Hall (2010, 4th round) made his ninth appearance — and sixth start — since being promoted to the double-A Southern League at the beginning of June. It’s been tough sledding for the 22-year-old with Huntsville thus far, posting a 6.23 ERA and 1.62 WHIP since making the often difficult jump from high-A ball, but his abbreviated Friday night outing impressed me on several fronts.
Here are a few scouting notes from his latest start.
Line: 4 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, K.
Pitches Thrown: (59; 40 strikes)
Hard (fastball): 41 (70%)
- In-play: 11 (26%)
- Foul: 9 (22%)
- Whiff: 0
- Called-strike: 6 (15%)
- Ball: 15 (37%)
Notes: Ran his fastball up to 93 but consistently sat at 91. Long limbs create steep angle at the point of release; works downhill and generates easy, effortless velocity. Pitch had decent, late-moving sink to it, and though he did not induce any swinging strikes with the offering, batters had a tough time squaring it up and a handful of ground-ball outs were the product of that fact. Kept the pitch down and worked both sides of the plate well; kept out of the middle of the zone in pitchers’ counts, showing improved pitchability and strike zone command. Grade — 45/50
Soft (slider/changeup): 18 (30%)
- In-play: 3 (16%)
- Foul: 1 (6%)
- Whiff: 5 (28%)
- Called-strike: 5 (28%)
- Ball: 4 (22%)
Notes: Slider had tight-breaking 11/5 action and changeup showed signs of promise, but used neither extensively. Relied heavily on his fastball early in counts and in jams, so you can tell he’s still developing trust in his secondary offerings. Still, his slider generated a couple whiffs and his changeup another three swings-and-misses against lefties, so his deception was fairly impressive tonight. He’ll need to work on commanding both offerings, though, and that’s all part of the double-A learning curve so he’s right where he should be in the development process. Grades — Changeup: 40/45; Slider: 45/50