From everything I read and heard at the time, it was pretty clear -- not certain, but pretty clear -- that the decision to sign The Crusher to a long-term contract was made by the owner, not the front office.
Hall's raw stuff certainly gives him a #1 ceiling, but the likelihood of him developing the command to do that is not very good. Of course, they once said that about Randy Johnson.
It's nice to hear what he was working on when it comes to command, but I still heard his control not even command, was not very good at the alternate camp. Now, that very well may have been him working on things versus really competing like he would have in live minor league games, but still something he'll need to prove at Bowie this year.
I dropped him to #6 because I think he has a high reliever risk profile, but I definitely think his quality of stuff of four pitches gives him a chance if he can find a few pitches that he can command more times than not, including his fastball. If that happens he can stick as a starter.
I've also heard that his personality and that "ultra aggressive" approach might also be a better fit in the pen, but we're years away from that being tried. Rightfully so. With his kind of stuff, you are going to try and try to see if he can remain a starter because as was pointed out, there's not a lot of lefties in the major leagues with his velocity and stuff.
Nice to see a young man take this kind of approach to making himself the best pitcher he can be.
Obviously he becomes more interesting at 92-95 instead of 88-90, but have to caution a few things here.
One, that's still a pretty effort delivery so we'd have to see how he can hold up over multiple innings. I'd like to know the spin rate and of course, can he command and does his fastball have much movement.
Either way, this should be taken as a positive development and it will be interesting to watch him compete this year as a professional for the first time.