The SF Giants have been busy bolstering organizational depth at pitching recently and they have made yet another addition. Perhaps, the type of activity is an indication of the front office's level of concern with regards to recent pitcher injuries on the 40-man roster including Jakob Junis and Matthew Boyd.
SF Giants make another move to bolster organizational pitching depth
Left-handed hurler Matt Hall has signed a minor league deal and been assigned to Triple-A, per the team's transaction page. Hall gives the Giants extra starting pitching depth with experience in the upper minors as well as against major league hitters.
The lefty was originally drafted in the sixth round of the 2015 draft by the Detroit Tigers out of Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri. Hall moved relatively quickly up the minor league ladder, reaching Triple-A by the 2018 campaign.
He debuted for the Tigers in that same season where he yielded 13 earned runs on 19 hits, three walks, and only five strikeouts across eight frames. The struggles continued in the ensuing two seasons as he registered a 10.69 ERA in 20 appearances split between the Tigers and the Boston Red Sox.
In total, the 28-yera-old has posted an 11.48 ERA, 5.75 FIP, 2.30 WHIP, 9.2 K/9, and a 1.46 SO/W ratio in three major league seasons. This includes only one start in 25 appearances
Despite his struggles, he has performed much better in the minors. Across six minor league seasons, Hall has tallied a 3.27 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 9.8 K/9, and a 2.69 SO/W rate. He did not get a chance to start often in the majors, but he spent considerable time in the rotation throughout his minor league career, making 85 starts out of 150 appearances.
The southpaw flashes a four-seam fastball that sits in the high 80's that he pairs with a curve ball and a changeup. The curve ball has generally graded as a quality offering, whereas the changeup is not used often.
The Giants began the season with Sam Long, Carlos Martínez , Jakob Junis, and Matthew Boyd as the primary depth options. However, Martínez was released before making a start with the organization, whereas Junis and Boyd are on the injured list for the foreseeable future. Junis was in the midst of a fantastic season, so his injury is an especially tough blow.
The Giants expect Anthony DeSclafani and Alex Cobb to return soon, so reinforcements are on the way. Nevertheless, the front office likes to have a cushion of depth in the minors and the addition of Hall checks that box.