|What can the Angels|
expect from Bill Hall?
It was reported earlier this week that the Angels have signed utility player Bill Hall to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Clearly, this is just another example of Angels GM Jerry Dipoto going outside the organization to pad the Angels depth in an effort to shore up their thin minor league system.
The Good: It was just 2010 when Bill Hall played 120 games for the Red Sox and put up a very average 103 OPS+. Hall had not posted an OPS+ over 100 since 2006 which saw Hall hit 35 home runs for the Brewers. Why should you care? Well, look at this way: Vernon Wells hasn’t posted an OPS+ over 100 since 2010 either! And Wells is older than Hall. Basically, Hall is a cheaper, younger and more utility version of Vernon Wells …but with less power. Maybe.
Yep, that’s the good.
The Bad: Hall has been terrible the last two seasons. He played only 7 games in the majors in 2012, spending the rest of it with the Triple-A Orioles affiliate where he posted a .240/.300/.430. Yikes. Chances are Hall starts the season in Salt Lake or as a free agent.
Conclusion: Looking to shore their depth, Hall offers the ability to play at a number of positions. You could probably do worse when it comes to aging, journeyman ball players. And since he won’t exactly be blocking any young star prospects, it’s probably a smart move to at least kick the tires on him in spring training and see if he will accept a designation to Triple A.