On Friday, I wondered what was the great urgency in promoting to AA the Clearwater Threshers first baseman Darick Hall? He was slumping in the power numbers having hit only one homer in his last 21 game with Clearwater. He did not merit a call-up at this time, I reasoned. He had hit eight homers in April in a massive display of power which projected to a 40 home runs season at the time. But Hall had hit only three more homers, all early in May.
It seemed Hall was sent up to Reading for no apparent reason. The reason now seems to be they wanted to see if Hall could handle AA pitching and quickly. If he does not produce in the homer friendly atmosphere of First Energy Stadium in Reading then the Phillies would need another option as its first baseman of the future.
That option at first base would be Alec Bohm, the Phillies first round draft pick. It will be interesting to see how Bohm handles the hot corner at third. It will be equally interesting to watch how Hall does at first base in AA at the same time.
Hall quickly dispelled any questions about his AA power as he went oppo over the left field wall in Reading in his third AA at bat in Friday’s game. Watch HERE. It was his 50th home run in 838 at bats in 230 Phillies minor league games. Remember, up until Friday, Hall had played, in three home minor league venues where home runs were historically hard to come by.
Hall was a 14th round draft pick in the 2016 draft so he has to prove himself every game. Watching Hall from the beginning I predict he will make it with the Phillies as its first baseman of the future.
Let’s hope Alec Bohm can be the Phillies third baseman of the future. Wouldn’t it be nice to see eventuallyBohm wind up at third base for Reading this season to join Hall in its infield. Those two could solve the Phillies corner infield needs for a long time.