The Giants signed left-hander Matt Hall to a minor league contract last week, according to his transactions log at MLB.com. He’s been assigned to Triple-A Sacramento, where he made his organizational debut on Tuesday.
Hall is looking to pitch his way back to the majors for the first time in two years. A former sixth-round pick of the Tigers, the Missouri State product reached the big leagues late in the 2018 campaign. He made five appearances down the stretch, then tallied 23 1/3 innings through 16 outings the following season. Hall posted a 7.71 ERA in 2019 and was designated for assignment the ensuing offseason.
The Red Sox acquired Hall in a minor trade in January 2020. He spent the entire season on the Boston 40-man roster but only made four big league appearances. Hall was tagged for 18 runs in 8 2/3 innings while bouncing between the active roster and the alternate training site during the abbreviated campaign. Boston took him off the 40-man at the end of the year, and he spent most of last season with their top affiliate in Worcester after passing through outright waivers.
Hall’s struggles continued with the WooSox, where he allowed more than seven earned runs per nine innings pitched over 28 outings. That led to his release last August, but he’ll have an opportunity to get things back on track in the upper minors with San Francisco. Owner of an 11.48 ERA in 40 MLB innings, the 28-year-old has obviously yet to find success at the game’s top level.
He’s also struggled through parts of four Triple-A seasons, but Hall posted quality numbers up through Double-A to catch the attention of a few different organizations. Despite not being a hard thrower, he’s flashed promising raw spin rates on both his fastball and curveball during his past MLB looks. Hall also excelled in 28 innings with the Kansas City Monarchs of the independent American Association this season, working to a minuscule 1.29 ERA with 35 strikeouts and only eight walks to earn his way back to the affiliated ranks.