This article is part of our Minor League Barometer series.
In two weeks, the minor league season will finally begin. It will be more important than ever to beware of the small sample size, as many players either didn't play in 2020 or appeared in limited/simulated action. And nothing can truly replicate a live game against legitimate opposition. Therefore, it will be vital not to overreact to a slow start by a prized phenom. Likewise, due to missing an entire season, the assignment of players may lead to some surprising results as teams decide where to place prospects in spite of the missed season. Add in the removal of some levels and teams and we could be in for a wild May in the minors.
As we wait for games to resume on the farm, let's continue to analyze more prospects in this edition of the Minor League Barometer.
DL Hall, P, BAL – The current Orioles' starting rotation is frightening, and I don't mean that in a positive way. Dean Kremer and Jorge Lopez have been disastrous through two starts apiece, the artist formerly known as Matt Harvey is listed as the No. 2 starter, and only southpaw John Means has shown he truly belongs. Along with Grayson Rodriguez, Hall represents the future for the Baltimore pitching staff. He offers dynamic stuff with a heater that approaches triple-digits, a hard slider, plus changeup and emerging curveball. The hope is that Hall has had time to work on his command/control, which can be suspect at times. Even though the Orioles are not going anywhere this