"He has been fantastic," Trenton manager Tony Franklin said. "He's done very, very well."
, who spent time with both the Tampa Yankees and Charleston RiverDogs last season, is adjusting well to his first full year of competitive Double-A baseball, and is proving that he belongs. He is not worried about changing up different things to try to stand out on the mound in order to be one step ahead of the batters. He is just going out every start and being himself.
"I'm not working on anything different [when adjusting to Double-A]," he said. "I just keep trying to work on my mechanics and make sure I am working down-hill because in this league hitters are prone to hitting more mistakes. I need to be more pin-point with my pitches because I can't make too many mistakes."
Through his first six starts this year, Hall is 2-2 with a 2.92 ERA. He is happy with his progress with the team so far.
"I think I am right where I want to be," he said. "I don't know if I am pitching to the best of my ability, but I am happy so far with the starts I have had this season. There have been some games where I have pitched better than others, but you know, as the season progresses I want to be able to work off each start and just keep working hard throughout the season."
Hall has the ability to not just rely on one pitch when he is in a difficult pitching spot. He has numerous pitches that he can go to and when those pitches are moving the way he wants them to, he knows he has the possibility for a strong performance that day.
"My last outing, my changeup was working for me," he said. "I was able to record a few strikeouts with that. The time before that, my cutter was the pitch that was really working.
"Each different outing there is one pitch that really sticks out more than the others. Overall, I have been pretty pleased with all my pitches."
The lefty pitcher realizes that he is a creature of habit and that trying to change anything to try to be different would only hurt his performance. Consistency is crucial for Hall when he steps on the mound and he tries to take it one pitch at a time.
"I am what I am when it comes to pitching," he said. "I am not really going to change too much from here in Trenton till the end of my career. I just need to be more consistent, make fewer mistakes and I need to attack hitters. I also need to be able to see the hitter's tendencies throughout the game."
Franklin doesn't want Hall to change either as long as he continues to do what he has done for the Thunder this season: win games and perform to the best of his ability on that mound.
"He is winning and he is pitching well," Franklin said. "He just needs to keep doing the same things he is doing. He will definitely be okay. If he continues to pitch the way he is, he'll be great. This is a pretty good start."
Hall continues to look forward after each start, analyzing his own performance in order to maximize his time spent on the mound efficiently.
"If you were to ask me right now what I need to do for the rest of the season, I need to focus on getting ahead and getting strike one," he said. "If I get ahead of the hitter, then I am able to pitch my game.
"Whenever I tend to get behind hitters, I have to throw fastballs in hitter's counts, and that's when I could possibly get into some trouble."
Franklin is happy with all of the pitching performances by Hall and is looking for one thing to make him happy the rest of the season when it comes to Hall's pitching.
"If he maintains this pace and is consistent, he will be set," he said. "I am not looking for much more. If he continues to give us what he has been giving us, I will be a pretty happy guy."
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TRENTON, NJ - Shaeffer Hall is showing this season that he has the ability to be one of the most reliable pitchers for the Trenton Thunder. With the spotlight usually on the higher profile pitchers like Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances, Hall is quietly having an impressive season, and his manager is more than happy with where he is at right now with the Thunder.
Shaeffer Hall is starting to prove that his breakout season last year wasn't a fluke.