Adam Hall handed Baltimore Orioles debut against New York Yankees
Adam Hall was handed his first taste of competitive action for the Baltimore Orioles during a spring training game against the New York Yankees on Tuesday.
The Bermudian shortstop, who was picked up by the club as the 24th pick of the second round in the Major League Baseball Draft in 2017, was finally given the chance to represent the Orioles in a 4-2 defeat.
Hall replaced second baseman Yolmer Sanchez late in the shortened-innings encounter, and while he did not get the opportunity to hit, he can take the positives of making his debut for the club and taking another step in his development.
The 22-year-old will be hopeful of gaining further experience with the first team after being included was among a contingent of young hitters, including Adley Rutschman, Heston Kjerstad, Gunnar Henderson, Jordan Westburg and Terrin Vavra, on the spring training roster, with an emphasis on continuing their development in the coming months.
In his first exposure to professional baseball, he had six hits in nine at-bats in the Rookie Level Gulf Coast League later that summer.
In 2018, Hall played in 62 games in the minor leagues with the Aberdeen Ironbirds and showed more encouraging signs. He put up a .293 average and a .368 on-base percentage, as well as 22 stolen bases in 27 tries.
A year later, Hall impressed further at Orioles affiliate club Delmarva Shorebirds and showed his consistency at the top of the order. He ranked in the top five in on-base percentage, hits, runs and stolen bases.
His form led to Hall being named Orioles Minor League Player of the Month in April of that year, while he was also selected to play in the 60th annual South Atlantic League All-Star Game.
The start of the 2020 Minor League Baseball season was ultimately cancelled because of the Covid-19 pandemic.