Hall Sticking To His Approach

Consistency is vital in baseball and left-handed hurler Shaeffer Hall has been just that for the Trenton Thunder. Regarded as one of the most consistent pitchers on the team by his coaches, the former 25th round pick of the New York Yankees earned a call-up to Triple-A and an opportunity to start for Scranton Wilkes-Barre.

"I think it went real well," Shaeffer Hall said. "Looking back at it I don't think I could've done it much differently to do any better."

Hall pitched six and a third strong innings in his lone Triple-A start, allowing just two earned runs as he gained his first career Triple-A win.

"After the first inning I kind of settled in a little a bit," he added. "In the first inning they hit like three fly balls, so I had to settle down more and be more like myself and went into the seventh inning, and I felt like I did good.

"[I was] able to see the hitters tendencies, I didn't see that there's too much of a difference in the Triple-A an Double-A [hitters], but you're going to see a lot of guys that will hit that away pitch more solidly, they're sitting on more than just one pitch in certain at-bats, so I definitely think it's important to throw the offspeed in hitters counts."

Hall was recalled to Trenton this past Thursday, getting his seventh win while breaking the team's nine game losing streak. The win improved Hall's record to 7-4 on the season and was tied for the team's most wins entering Tuesday's start.

"I think that's a pretty good record for a guy at this point in the season," Trenton's manager Tony Franklin said before Tuesday's start. "In order to have a record like that you need to go out there every fifth day and give the team a chance to be in the ballgame, which he has done.

"He gives us a good chance to win ballgames every time he goes out there, and he's probably been our most consistent guy throughout the season."

That last outing put Hall over the 100 innings mark for the season.

"[My] arm feels good," Hall said. "The only thing is as you progress through the year you're going to have those aches and pains along the way. As far as everything is concerned I'm doing fine and feeling great."

Adding pitches could be very helpful in a pitcher's success, and Trenton's pitching coach Tommy Phelps believes some additions have been key to Hall's success.

"He's made some adjustments with his changeup's grip, and he's added a new cutter that he's had since Spring Training, so he's been adding pitches, and [adjusting] his pitch ability and how he's been attacking hitters.

"He's been good, he's had some good outings where he's been real pitch efficient and aggressive, and he's had some where he's had to battle through, but he's a great competitor and he gives you everything he's got every game.

"He throws strikes, he changes speeds, and he's got a good idea of how to pitch, so it's just a matter of getting out there and gaining experience and getting better and better each start."

The season has gone pretty well for Hall, but even he knows that there is always room for improvement.

"[I would like to improve on] being able to stay on top of my fastball better," Hall admitted. "[Thursday] night I missed a lot of arm side fastballs that I wish I could have back. It just wasn't consistent like I want it to be, so if I could pinpoint one thing it would probably be that.

"I've just stuck with my game plan since Spring Training and gone with it."

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"I think it went real well,\" Shaeffer Hall said. \"Looking back at it I don't think I could've done it much differently to do any better.\"
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\r\nHall pitched six and a third strong innings in his lone Triple-A start, allowing just two earned runs as he gained his first career Triple-A win.
\r\n
\r\n\"After the first inning I kind of settled in a little a bit,\" he added. \"In the first inning they hit like three fly balls, so I had to settle down more and be more like myself and went into the seventh inning, and I felt like I did good.
\r\n
\r\n\"[I was] able to see the hitters tendencies, I didn't see that there's too much of a difference in the Triple-A an Double-A [hitters], but you're going to see a lot of guys that will hit that away pitch more solidly, they're sitting on more than just one pitch in certain at-bats, so I definitely think it's important to throw the offspeed in hitters counts.\"
\r\n
\r\nHall was recalled to Trenton this past Thursday, getting his seventh win while breaking the team's nine game losing streak. The win improved Hall's record to 7-4 on the season and was tied for the team's most wins entering Tuesday's start.
\r\n
\r\n\"I think that's a pretty good record for a guy at this point in the season,\" Trenton's manager Tony Franklin said before Tuesday's start. \"In order to have a record like that you need to go out there every fifth day and give the team a chance to be in the ballgame, which he has done.
\r\n
\r\n\"He gives us a good chance to win ballgames every time he goes out there, and he's probably been our most consistent guy throughout the season.\"
\r\n
\r\nThat last outing put Hall over the 100 innings mark for the season.
\r\n
\r\n\"[My] arm feels good,\" Hall said. \"The only thing is as you progress through the year you're going to have those aches and pains along the way. As far as everything is concerned I'm doing fine and feeling great.\"
\r\n
\r\nAdding pitches could be very helpful in a pitcher's success, and Trenton's pitching coach Tommy Phelps believes some additions have been key to Hall's success.
\r\n
\r\n\"He's made some adjustments with his changeup's grip, and he's added a new cutter that he's had since Spring Training, so he's been adding pitches, and [adjusting] his pitch ability and how he's been attacking hitters.
\r\n
\r\n\"He's been good, he's had some good outings where he's been real pitch efficient and aggressive, and he's had some where he's had to battle through, but he's a great competitor and he gives you everything he's got every game.
\r\n
\r\n\"He throws strikes, he changes speeds, and he's got a good idea of how to pitch, so it's just a matter of getting out there and gaining experience and getting better and better each start.\"
\r\n
\r\nThe season has gone pretty well for Hall, but even he knows that there is always room for improvement.
\r\n
\r\n\"[I would like to improve on] being able to stay on top of my fastball better,\" Hall admitted. \"[Thursday] night I missed a lot of arm side fastballs that I wish I could have back. It just wasn't consistent like I want it to be, so if I could pinpoint one thing it would probably be that.
\r\n
\r\n\"I've just stuck with my game plan since Spring Training and gone with it.\"
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