Among the 20 players honoured by the Great Lake Canadians as inaugural award winners for their accomplishments this season is Adam Hall, named the first recipient of the organization’s Special Recognition Award.
One of the original members of the Canadians program, joining the 18U squad at just 13 years old, the Bermuda-born native of London impressed from the start. After four full seasons with Great Lake, the 18-year-old shortstop was selected in the second round of the draft in June, and began his professional career in the Baltimore Orioles organization.
“Adam Hall is one of those special talents that doesn’t come around every day,” GLC director of player development Adam Stern said. “The moment I saw him, when he was 12 years old and he came into the facility – coming from Bermuda – there was something different about him. Not only his athletic ability, but the way he thought about the game, the way he went about his business.
“He’s one of those kids that when you get to see him play, you have a real appreciation of how good he is. We asked a lot of him when he was a ninth grader to play on an 18U team, and it was probably the first year he’d ever deal with real struggle, and it was amazing how he started and how he finished, and to see his growth. He learned a lot that year. He learned how to fail, he got over it, and he ended up being one of our best performers, in Grade 9. I don’t think we’ve had a guy since who we could put in that situation and they would mentally be able to handle that, let alone have success at that level.
“He’s been a real measuring stick in the program in a lot of ways. He wasn’t the most talkative kid in the program, but the more you got to know him and communicate with him, you learned the way he thought about the game was way beyond his years. And he was someone who was fun to watch all the way through the process.”
Before being chosen 60th overall in the draft in June, Hall contributed to the success of Great Lake’s 18U team in the Canadian Premier Baseball League, as well as finishing his third year of touring with the Canadian Junior National Team.
After joining the Orioles organization, the 18-year-old spent the majority of his playing season sidelined due to injury, but made a big impact in the two games he managed to get under his belt. In nine at-bats, Hall notched six hits, including a double and a triple, scoring four runs, driving in two, and stealing a base.
“This is an opportunity to recognize someone who did what he did, in the professional draft, on the national team, for his country, and a chance to recognize the contributions he had here with the GLC,” Stern said. “His last year he didn’t get to play a lot of games obviously, because he was away so much with Team Canada, but when he was here, the impact he had in the organization, on his team, it’s hard to ever question that. It’s something that you want to recognize for what he’s contributed to our level and our program here.”
While there were many candidates considered for each of the accolades awarded for the 2017 season, and the decisions were difficult for the Great Lake staff to make, the organization is proud to honour Hall as a member of the inaugural awards class and recognize his achievements throughout the year.