Los Angeles Angels Sign Bill Hall To A Minor League Contract

By Jason Evans

The Los Angeles Angels are adding some more depth to their AAA team. This time it is on the hitting side. The club signed Bill Hall tonight to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, just like the club has given out to other free agents not named Josh Hamilton this winter.

June 1, 2012; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Baltimore Orioles outfielder Bill Hall (35) at bat against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Hall last year was a member of the Baltimore Orioles, hitting .222 in 14 plate appearances for the club. He spent most of last year playing for AAA Norfolk in the Oriole organization, hitting .246 with 15 home runs and 45 RBI in 90 games.Hall, once upon a time, hit 35 home runs, for the Milwaukee Brewers. He’s hit double digit home runs in four other big league campaigns. He’s a guy who can play everywhere but catcher and first base, which makes him a valuable depth piece in the minor leagues. Hall has been with six different organizations since 2009.

I can’t see Hall making the team out of spring training. There would have to be a good amount of injuries in order for him to be up right away. Could he make an appearance at some point? Maybe. Hall is going to be a guy that helps fill out the AAA roster.

The Angels don’t have a lot of depth in the minors. What depth they do have is mainly on the pitching side. Their hitting prospects are lower in the system, so they have to fill out their roster in AAA with guys like Hall.