Phillies Do Have Soul In The Hole | Darrick Hall Didn’t Make World Series Roster, But The Power-Packing MLBbro Rookie Will Get His Shot In 2023
LOS ANGELES – The Phillies are in great shape to be playoff contenders for years to come. The franchise’s World Series battle with Houston is sure to be a classic.
In a year like no other, no one really treated the Phillies with any respect throughout the regular season, and when they made the playoffs, they were still shoved to the side as a team who will get eliminated early on. Well that certainly is not the case. They’re in the World Series and have a chance to do what no one thought possible.
Is this just a Philly fluke? Or will the Phillies dancing in October for years to come?
The reality is that even with the Phillies having all these superstar players like Bryce Harper, JT Realmuto, Aaron Nola, etc., they are very underrated when it comes to producing young talent from their farm system. Bryson Stott looks like he will be a very solid player for the team. But another player the Phillies have produced who is going under the radar is MLBbro Darick Hall.
With all of the drama surrounding the fact that a World Series has no MLBbros participating for the first time since 1950, the Phillies have a hidden gem in the system who showed some pop in his bat this season. The 27-year-old rookie ended up playing in 41 games this season for the Phillies. During that time, he batted .250, with nine home runs, and 16 RBI. He had an on-base percentage of .282, and a slugging percentage of .504.
Hall has major power, meaning that he will fit into this lineup perfectly next season, especially since he will be playing in a very hitter-friendly ballpark in Citizens Bank Park. The first two hits of his MLB career were bombs against the 2021 World Champion Atlanta Braves.
He had a 6.3% home run percentage every time he came to the plate, which was better than teammates Bryce Harper and Rhys Hoskins, and only 0.6% lower than Kyle Schwarber, this year’s NL home run king.
Hall did not make the team’s postseason roster, but that is understandable as he’s a rookie, and the team is filled with solid veterans from left to right. In order for him to make that next step, he has to get on base more often, and not just rely on the long ball. He had a 31.0 strikeout percentage, and only a 3.5 walk percentage. Essentially, he strikes out almost a third of the time that he’s up to bat, and it is once in a blue moon that he takes four balls in an at bat.
All the seasoned vets on the team are at least in the 10s or teens when it comes to walk percentage, and low to mid 20s with strikeout percentage, with the exception being Schwarber at 29.9%. However, when you hit 46 home runs in a season, teams will let that slide.
Those numbers should improve as he gets more reps in the big leagues. There’s no doubt he has an electric bat and excites the crowd when he steps to the dish. a true Bro bomber and with more playing time and a bit more plate discipline he should be ready to cause damage over the course of a season. The Hereford, Arizona native, who attended Dallas Baptist University and was a 14th round pick int he 2016 MLB Draft, needs more than the 136 at bats he got this season to show how effective he can be in that lineup.
The Phillies will be in win-now mode for the foreseeable future, so it’s vital that Hall really does make it a point to improve those numbers and show out in Spring Training so that he can be a valuable asset to an already stacked roster and be a part of the postseason when the next opportunity strikes.