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2023 Phillies in Review: Darick Hall

Hall did not help compensate for the absence of Rhys Hoskins

MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at Tampa Bay Rays
Darick Hall hit a home run in 2023. One.
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When Bryce Harper went down in 2022, the Phillies called up minor league slugger Darick Hall to help fill the designated hitter role. He did okay, hitting nine home runs in 41 games. With both Harper and Rhys Hoskins injured to start the 2023 season, the team gave Hall a chance to once again step in. This time around, he was far from okay.

2023 stats: 18 games, .167/.196/.241, 1 home run, 3 RBIs

The good

He hit a home run in a 3-1 extra inning win over the Rays in July. And that’s about it as far as major league contributions went. He did put up strong numbers in the minors, which means along with Jake Cave and Kody Clemens, the Phillies have an impressive array of quad-A players.

The bad

Hall began the season as the regular first baseman, at least when facing right-handed pitching. He accumulated a total of four hits in those six games before suffering an injury of his own and joining Hoskins on the IL.

Post injury, he was demoted to Lehigh Valley, before being recalled for another stint in the majors in July. Aside from the aforementioned home run, he didn’t contribute much before he was returned to the minors for the remainder of the season. He walked only twice in 56 plate appearances (the same number of times he grounded into double plays), and also graded poorly on defense.

The future

Hall is still under team control, so could find himself back in camp next season, but it’s hard to have much optimism that he’ll develop into a productive player. He’s already 28 years old, hasn’t shown any ability to hit left-handed pitching at the major league level, and he wasn’t even that good against righties.

It’s possible that he finds his way onto the major league roster as an injury replacement at some point, but it seems just as likely at this point that he ends up in Japan.