The Milwaukee Brewers signed relief pitcher Chris Hall to a Minor League contract on August 28th. We have one question, “Who is Chris Hall?”
Right-hander Chris Hall was drafted out of Elon University in the 14th round of the 2016 First Year Player Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays. The Blue Jays released Hall after he struggled in Single-A, and he caught on with the Schaumburg Boomers of the Frontier League.
How did Hall do with the Boomers?
Well, he wouldn’t get signed if was awful, would he? Hall threw 29 2/3 innings and posted a 1.21 ERA. He struck out 47 and walked only nine, while earning four saves.
Why the Boomers?
Hall is from Winnetka, IL and went to New Trier High School. Winnetka isn’t that far away from Schaumburg. That was probably an important factor in Hall signing with them.
Where is he in the Brewers organization?
Hall has already made his debut with with the Helena Brewers of the Rookie League. He faced three batters and struck them all out.
Will he make it to the Majors?
Hall is already in his age-24 season, and he has a long road ahead of him. The Milwaukee Brewers wanted to take a look at him, but this is likely a signing for 2019. Hall will come to Spring Training with an opportunity to set his own path, so to speak.
If he shows up in the Spring and looks fantastic, he could find himself back in Single-A or High-A to start the season. The clock is ticking on his baseball career, but we’ve seen players start in affiliated ball, struggle, get released, look fantastic in an independent league, and come back.
Aaron Wilkerson was in the Frontier League in 2013, and he has a spot on the Milwaukee Brewers 40-man roster.
Hall still has a chance at a real career, and he’s clearly figured something out in Schaumburg. This is an interesting signing for the Milwaukee Brewers and a story that fans should keep an eye out for.