Cody Hall | RHP, 26 yo, 6-4, 220 | 2011 Draft – 19 | (A+) 33.2 IP, 1.34 ERA, 2 SV, 4.0 h/9, 1.9 bb/9, 12.8 k/9 | (AA) 26.1 IP, 2.39 ERA, 8 SV, 5.8 h/9, 2.7 bb/9, 9.2 k/9 | (AFL) 9 IP, 3.00 ERA, 13 H, 4 BB, 7 K
While Derek Law might be getting the hype when it comes to Giants relief prospects this winter, I think Hall is a guy we’re going to hear from this summer. He wasn’t a high draft pick, and he’s never been on the young side of the age versus level curve, but what he has been is very impressive in his three seasons as a professional (career 2.00 ERA, 12.1 k/9 and 3.3 bb/9). He earned a promotion to Richmond last season after logging a 1.34 ERA in the Cal League as a member of the “dog pound” little Giants bullpen. He took over the closer’s role in Richmond and was still very successful. He allowed less than 5 hits per 9 innings for the season while posting a .153 BAA. That’s domination.
I saw him toss an inning in one of the televised AFL games, and the dude looks cut from the same cloth and Heath Hembree, with a fastball nearly as impressive. I think he’s in the same boat as a lot of other MiLB power relievers (Hembree included), in that he really just needs to find a consistent secondary pitch to make it. He’s not the youngest guy by any means, but his 2014 numbers don’t lie. I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m pretty excited to see some of these big-bodied relievers break through. Hall should be part of that bunch, and he seems to be the guy that nobody’s talking about.
If you have a chance, take a look at the article I linked below. It’s a mid-season piece from the Richmond newspaper, gives a lot of information about Hall’s background. Essentially, the guy didn’t start pitching until junior college. I didn’t know that. Couldn’t find any video, but the article is an interesting read.
They said it: “Hall throws hard with a fastball regularly in the mid 90’s and with continued good success, should find himself knocking on the door for a big league call-up late in 2014.” ~ Joe Ritzo, San Jose Giants broadcaster