Scouting Jays Prospect #35 : 2B Brian Hall

The Toronto Blue Jays drafted Brian Hall in the 10th round of the 2004 Major League Baseball Draft out of Stanford University. Hall ranks as ITD's 35th best prospect, despite the fact that he has played just three months of professional baseball.(<b>Free Preview of Premium Content</b>)

Attributes:
Name: Brian Hall
Position: Second base
DOB: February 1, 1982
Height: 6'0
Weight: 190
Bats: Right
Throws: Right

Right away you can tell Brian Hall is a baseball player, as he has a game day superstition of always putting on his left sock and shoe first. Hall was a member of the 1999 and 2000 USA Junior National Team that played in Taiwan, and won a Gold Medal in 1999 with a silver medal in 2000.

During his high school career, Hall was selected as the National High School Coaches Association Player of the Year as a senior at Carlsbad High School in 2000. He was also named a first team All-American as a junior and senior by Collegiate Baseball, and a Second Team All-American by Baseball America as a senior. Hall was named the New Mexico Gatorade High School Player of the Year as a senior and earned First Team All-State honors between 1998 and 2000. He also earned First Team All-District honors throughout his four years at Carlsbad. During his four years Hall combined for twenty-seven home runs and 115 RBI. In his senior year he tied his schools single-season home run record with eleven. The infielder also hit above .500 in his final three prep seasons, which included a school record .647 average as a senior. Not surprisingly, Hall was a member of the National Honor Society and an All-American Scholar. If baseball does not work out in his career, Hall expects to enter law school and pursue a career as a sports agent.

The second baseman had a solid freshman season, hitting .287 with a pair of homers, two triples, twenty-one RBI, and six stolen bases. His season earned him honorable mention Freshman All-American honors from Collegiate Baseball. Hall started twenty-eight of the team's sixty eight games, and appeared in twenty-nine more games as a reserve.

During his sophomore season he led the team with fourteen stolen bases, while posting a .267 batting average with three home runs and thirty-five RBI in fifty-nine games. Hill improved during his junior season as he hit .293 with six homers and forty-four RBI. He has a team-high eighteen stolen bases, which ranked him third in the PAC-10. He also showed his versatility during his junior season as he played twenty-three games at the hot corner, another twenty-three in left field, and seventeen at first base.

Hall led the team in stolen bases during his senior season with thirteen, while sharing the team lead in triples with four. His thirteen doubles was good enough to second on the team and his fifty-two RBI ranked him fourth. He finished in the top 10 in the Pac-10 with a .356 batting average as he started all fifty-six games. He played a new position that year as he saw the majority of his action in right field.

Hall closed his Stanford career as the active leader in RBI (152), and stolen bases (fifty-one). He finished with a career .305 batting average with twenty home runs. He showed his versatility as he played both corner infield positions, and all three outfield positions.

Year

Team

AVG

AB

H

HR

RBI

R

SB

BB

K

OBP

SLG

2004

Auburn

.294

211

62

10

39

38

3

24

49

.367

.512



Batting and Power Description: A good hitter who has shown some power, and at the same time will do the little things to help his team win. Hall performed above expectations with Auburn in 2004, as nobody expected him to post double-digit home run numbers in just three months of baseball. He is a very dangerous player who makes things happen and puts a lot of pressure on the defense. Hall is likely to remain at second base in professional baseball, and with his plus power, and hard-nose way of playing the game, he will clearly be an asset on any major league ball club. There have been some questions marks on Hall and his ability to put up consistent numbers, however, that is contributed to his young age and inexperience. The more time Hall sees on the field, the better he will become.

Base Running and Speed Description: Hall is a very quick runner and a great base stealer with excellent speed. He did not show his speed during his 2004 season with the Doubledays, but we expect him to steal more bases in the upcoming season as he begins to feel more comfortable with his surroundings. Hall had trouble adjusting to the pitchers delivery in professional baseball, and will work on reading the pitchers move to home plate during the 2005 season. Hall is fast enough to safely make it to second base if the pitchers time to home plate is more than 1.5-1.7 seconds.

Defense Description: Hall played an excellent second base for the Doubledays, considering he did not play the middle infield during his four years at Stanford. Hall could stick around as a second baseman in professional baseball or move to the outfield. Nevertheless, he is a solid defender, anywhere you place him. Based on his offensive numbers, you would like to see Hall playing second base, though he could profile as a left-fielder.

2005 Outlook: We expect Hall to begin the 2005 season with either Lansing or Dunedin. The infielder has some players in front of him at the moment, mostly Ryan Roberts, which means his destination will likely be Lansing. However, if his performance merits a promotion, the organization should have no problem putting him ahead of others in the depth chart. Hall flourished during his first professional season, and has shown to the organization a no-quit, old-fashion playing mentality.

ETA:. It is too early to make an accurate assessment on Hall, however, he does have a bright future ahead of him, and the ability to run, hit the long ball and play every position on the field will only help his chances

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