Phillies prospect Darick Hall settling in at Double-A

Matt Leon
June 05, 2018 - 4:04 pm
Darick Hall is five for 18 with a homer and three RBI in four games since his promotion to Double-A Reading.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Darick Hall has turned a lot of heads since joining the Phillies organization as a 14th round draft pick in 2016 out of Dallas Baptist University.

A 6-foot, 4-inch left-handed hitting first baseman, Hall has produced at every level as a pro. 

He started the 2018 season in Clearwater, but 11 home runs and 35 runs batted in later, he was promoted to Double-A Reading. The move wasn't something Hall was necessarily expecting.
 
"I had no idea," he admitted. "I feel like as a player, the best thing you can do is just be in the moment and be fully into where you're at. If you do move, that's great, but I think it's important to be fully invested in wherever you're at and if you get moved up, that's kind of icing on the cake."

It was last year when Hall really started commanding attention. He hit .272 for Single-A Lakewood with 27 home runs and 96 runs batted in. 

Throw in a seven-game stint after a promotion to High-A Clearwater, and Hall knocked in 101 runs last season. He said he didn't really take stock of his big season in 2017 until it was over.

"Baseball's a sport you have to put your head down and go," he said. "Because at any point, I feel like any player can just piss something away. I remember I had a really good season up until June and then in July I hit .203 for the month. You just can't really enjoy something in baseball, I feel like, until it's over. So when the season was over, it was really something to be proud about and happy for and exciting for your career. But during the season, it doesn't matter because every day is a battle. You can lose a battle that day and maybe you win the next, but if you start getting your head up in the clouds, you might lose a week's worth of battles and then all of a sudden you start going downhill."

In his almost two years in pro baseball, Hall said a big lesson he has learned is that it is important to trust yourself and your ability.

"When people get out of their comfort zone, they start doubting themselves," he said. "Baseball is especially a sport where if things aren't going your way, then self-doubt is a thing and you kind of hear the birds chirping in your head a little bit, you know? I just think it's about trusting yourself and knowing what you're doing, whether you're doing it right or wrong."

So far in four games with Reading, Hall has gone five for 18 with a home run and three runs batted in. While he continues to rake, he said he's making sure that he's working hard with the glove as well.

"One thing that I think can really take off is my defense," Hall said. "In college, I think I was a pretty average defender. But I think the older I've gotten, I've gotten better and I'm just understanding what it takes to be really good. Our Phillies staff really makes that clear. You can't have a good infield if you don't have a good first baseman, so as a first baseman you've got to take pride in your job and to do it to the best of your ability every day. You've got to be the vacuum cleaner over there. You've got to take everything in or else that's extra runners, pitchers are getting into the stretch, throwing extra pitches if you can't dig balls or you're a liability. I've never been considered a liability; I just want to be the best that I can be and break that stigma of first baseman, 'Oh they just hit.' I want to be good at the whole thing."

Hall and the rest of the Reading Fightin Phils open a three-game series in Altoona Tuesday night.

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