Kansas left handed starting pitcher Shaeffer Hall was drafted in the 25th round by the New York Yankees. This is the third time Shaeffer has been drafted. The pick comes a bit later than Aman had expected. Hall is a junior and has one year of NCAA eligiblity remaining. He certainly would be welcomed back by the Jayhawks.
Hall moved into the Friday night starter role this season and performed very well while facing some of the most talented line-ups in college baseball. He went 5-6 in 15 starts with a 4.18 ERA. In 92.2 Innings he gave up 104 hits, walked 10 and struck out 65. Hall pitched a no-hitter in his first start of the season vs. Air Force and ended his season pitching a complete game shut out vs. Dartmouth in the NCAA tournament.
Last week Coach Price indicated that he expected Hall to accept a professional offer this off-season.
Hall transferred into KU as a sophmore. In 2008 he went 4-2 mostly as a mid-week starter. That season, in 59.2 innings he gave up 73 hits, walked 21 and struck out 46.
Here is Aman Reaka's scouting report on Hall:
LHP) JR. Schaeffer Hall, 6'2, 200 (4.18, 92.2 ip, 104 hits, 10 bb, 65 k, 9HR)
This is what i wrote about Hall in my season preview:
Hall will be the Friday starter to begin the season. He is a control pitcher that throws 3 pitches for strikes. He has a good breaking pitch and a great change up. He has been drafted twice and definitely has the capability to fulfill this role as staff ace, but he will need to be very tough on Friday nights or someone else may push him for this spot.
I think Schaeffer will be the first Jayhawk taken on Wednesday afternoon. He was drafted out of HS in the 28th round by the Texas Rangers and after his freshman year of Junior College in the 23rd round by the Cleveland Indians. Hall has been on the radar of MLB scouts for several years. He is the rare and perfect example of a pitcher with very little velocity but with 3 solid pitches (a plus changeup), great command and great control. Coach Price likes to compare him to the ageless wonder for the Phillies, Jamie Moyer. Hall gives up slightly more than 1 hit/inning, doesnt get many strikeouts but he walks almost no one and keeps the ball down inducing a ton of ground ball outs and weak hits. Hitters rarely get a good look at a bad pitch and rarely make good contact with his pitches. Hall also has decent size and is a lefty. After throwing his no-hitter in the first game of the season, and flirting with a couple others, along with beating some of the top teams in the nation and going up against some of the top pitchers in this draft, Shaeffer should get picked somewhere between rounds 10-18. I would expect Shaeffer to sign a contract and begin his professional career as I'm not sure his stock can get much higher than it is right now.