Hylan Hall is an intriguing Florida prep outfielder with high potential.
Hall, a Miami commit, is one of the top prep prospects for June’s MLB draft and has a chance at being a top-five round pick. He also has met with a “few teams” and has a “few predraft workouts scheduled,” he said.
“Players can get caught up in trying to impress for the draft and try to do everything so perfect,” Hall said. “I’ve just prepared myself to go to Miami lately. I’m just trying to play baseball. If it happens, then thank God for the opportunity.”
Hall’s success is coming after an in-season change of schools. He left The Next Level Academy for Ocoee High School in March.
He started his high school career at Ocoee High before transferring to TNXL Academy in the middle of his junior year. Although playing against NCAA Division II and junior college competition helped his development, playing at TNXL Academy wasn’t the right fit for him.
He’s hitting over .600 with six home runs for Ocoee High this spring, he said.
“The team was going in a different direction, and it was a lot of stuff that was out of my control,” Hall said. “It started to get to the point where I wasn’t able to just play baseball and do what I love. My dad asked if I wanted to finish high school baseball with him because he’s an assistant coach at Ocoee High School.”
Hall, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound outfielder, has five-tool potential with his best trait being his hitting ability. He is an aggressive hitter from the right side of the plate with a quick and loose swing. He barrels up pitches and figures to serve as a middle-of-the-order bat in pro ball.
Besides his hitting, Hall possess above-average athleticism, speed and arm strength. Those traits have aided him in his transition to the outfield. He played shortstop growing up before moving out of the infield as a sophomore in 2017.
“I have been working on my technique and trying to make it look easier,” Hall said. “The hard work has paid off, definitely.”
Hall’s pitching ability flies under the radar due to his potential as a position player. A right-handed hurler, Hall has simple mechanics and hits 90 mph with his fastball. He displays a curveball with depth and has respectable feel for his changeup.
He has pitched in a limited role throughout the regular season but will be relied on more once postseason plays for Ocoee High. He’s committed to Miami as a position player.
“Whatever will help the team, I’m willing to do,” Hall said. “I like to have the ball in my hand on the mound because I have more control, but I also like hitting the ball and bring in runners.”
Hall hopes to guide Ocoee High to a state championship this spring. He also wants to refine his skills and improve his pregame routine in preparation for the next chapter in his baseball career.
Regardless of what the future holds, Hall has confidence in his abilities. He believes his work ethic and passion will allow him to make an impact at Miami or in pro ball.
“I’m coming for the top spot one day,” Hall said. I can’t tell you when that’s going to be, but all I need is an opportunity. Once I can get that opportunity to show what I can do, I will do it to the best of my ability.”
Dan Zielinski III has covered the MLB draft for four years. He’s interviewed 133 of the top draft prospects in that period, including three No. 1 overall picks. Multiple publications, including Baseball America, USA Today and The Arizona Republic, have quoted his work, while he’s appeared on radio stations as a “MLB draft expert.” Follow him on Twitter @DanZielinski3.