I have personally always preferred GRod to Hall because of command and control.
But if Hall is improving those things and the walks are going to come way down, he goes from very good prospect to elite prospect very quickly.
But there are lots of other guys facing higher quality of pitching than they have ever seen and are doing just fine.
Again, I just feel that all of these are excuses we are searching for to justify that it’s ok he is sucking at the plate.
Gotta wonder where AR is at the end of this year. Not that I don't like him, but his hitting transition takes some luster off for sure, and there's 3 guys looking like real studs right behind him.
Conversely, it seems like Joey Ortiz could be the highest riser of the group.
Sure, having a 35 year old changeup artist as your closer is an issue but it is the least of our concerns. We also have issues in OF defense, IF defense, overall offense, starting rotation after Means, etc.
As far as really competing, biggest concern to me is middle infield prospects. We are set at C, we have some really good SP prospects, we have some options for OF. What we really need is a stud SS. Bullpen arm is one hole that isn't too hard to fill through free agency when the time comes.