Hall Offers Role Flexibility

Shaeffer Hall followed up his fabulous 2010 campaign with another solid showing this year, going a combined 11-8 with a 4.07 ERA between Double-A and Triple-A, and doing so mostly as a starting pitcher. But he added another pitch to his arsenal in 2011 and it just might be enough to help propel him into potential left-handed reliever discussions for the Yankee big league bullpen.

"I was pretty pleased with it," Hall said of his 2011 campaign. "I felt like I actually threw better than I did the previous year. Obviously I was pleased with where I started.

"My goal entering the season was to win a job in the rotation in Double-A and try to go as deep as I [could] in each start, that's what I was telling myself, and work hard in between starts and who knows what will happen.

"Fortunately I was able to get one start in Triple-A and do pretty well there. I'm just having that mindset this offseason and I'm working hard to get a role there next year."

Not known for possessing mid-90s heat, Hall is more of a pitch-ability hurler who knows how to change speeds, mix his pitches, and keep hitters off-balance. Even his curveball hasn't been garnered as a knockout pitch either by scouts, but he did add yet another weapon that he can go to against left-handed batters.

"I added a cutter," he said. "I think that really helped me out a lot with left-handers, being able to go away with that, and also mixing that in to right-handers. It's just a good pitch for a left-hander to have to go with that curveball."

Now possessing three offspeed pitches that he can attack left-handers with, while none of them are of the plus variety, his repertoire against them is as deep as it gets. And now he is brimming with confidence in regards to the cutter especially.

"I'm really confident with it," he exclaimed. "Going into Spring Training I was throwing it real well. It's kind of funny because going into Spring Training I had not thrown it all that much in games or even bullpens.

"I was throwing it really well in the beginning and then there was a stretch where I wasn't throwing it as well. I was kind of leaving it up and it wasn't getting it's normal break.

"I kept working on it and kept working on it and then the last half of the season I was more consistent with it. I was throwing it real well. I'm very confident throwing it being that it's been one full season."

Now able to go down and in to lefties with his changeup, over and down with his curveball, and now adding some sweeping action to his low-80s cutter, Hall has the kind of extensive repertoire that could prove quite beneficial in a left-handed specialist role out of the bullpen if the Yankees so chose.

"Absolutely," he concurred. "I had two relief appearances this past season and other than that I was starter. I feel like I can take on both of those roles at the big league level and pitch with confidence. I think I can do it at that level.

"[The cutter] was more of my out-pitch. The thing for me is I need to show hitters I can go in and keep them honest. Every now and then I'll bust them in and then show that cutter away, and it worked pretty well for me. I can get strikeouts with it or get that contact."

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"I was pretty pleased with it,\" Hall said of his 2011 campaign. \"I felt like I actually threw better than I did the previous year. Obviously I was pleased with where I started.
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\r\n\"My goal entering the season was to win a job in the rotation in Double-A and try to go as deep as I [could] in each start, that's what I was telling myself, and work hard in between starts and who knows what will happen.
\r\n
\r\n\"Fortunately I was able to get one start in Triple-A and do pretty well there. I'm just having that mindset this offseason and I'm working hard to get a role there next year.\"
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\r\nNot known for possessing mid-90s heat, Hall is more of a pitch-ability hurler who knows how to change speeds, mix his pitches, and keep hitters off-balance. Even his curveball hasn't been garnered as a knockout pitch either by scouts, but he did add yet another weapon that he can go to against left-handed batters.
\r\n
\r\n\"I added a cutter,\" he said. \"I think that really helped me out a lot with left-handers, being able to go away with that, and also mixing that in to right-handers. It's just a good pitch for a left-hander to have to go with that curveball.\"
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\r\nNow possessing three offspeed pitches that he can attack left-handers with, while none of them are of the plus variety, his repertoire against them is as deep as it gets. And now he is brimming with confidence in regards to the cutter especially.
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\r\n\"I'm really confident with it,\" he exclaimed. \"Going into Spring Training I was throwing it real well. It's kind of funny because going into Spring Training I had not thrown it all that much in games or even bullpens.
\r\n
\r\n\"I was throwing it really well in the beginning and then there was a stretch where I wasn't throwing it as well. I was kind of leaving it up and it wasn't getting it's normal break.
\r\n
\r\n\"I kept working on it and kept working on it and then the last half of the season I was more consistent with it. I was throwing it real well. I'm very confident throwing it being that it's been one full season.\"
\r\n
\r\nNow able to go down and in to lefties with his changeup, over and down with his curveball, and now adding some sweeping action to his low-80s cutter, Hall has the kind of extensive repertoire that could prove quite beneficial in a left-handed specialist role out of the bullpen if the Yankees so chose.
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\r\n\"Absolutely,\" he concurred. \"I had two relief appearances this past season and other than that I was starter. I feel like I can take on both of those roles at the big league level and pitch with confidence. I think I can do it at that level.
\r\n
\r\n\"[The cutter] was more of my out-pitch. The thing for me is I need to show hitters I can go in and keep them honest. Every now and then I'll bust them in and then show that cutter away, and it worked pretty well for me. I can get strikeouts with it or get that contact.\"
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