For the second year in a row, a member of the Reading Fightin’ Phils won the Eastern League Home Run Derby. Darick Hall scored 175 points, but it all came down to one final home run that he hit on his final swing. Hall’s win keeps the Derby crown in Reading as he followed up on the 2018 victory by then Reading catcher Deivy Grullon.
Hall has a slash line of 14-55-.240/.345/.477 in 83 games with the Fightins this season. His 14 home runs has him tied for third in the Eastern League, while his 55 RBI, 26 doubles and 40 extra-base hits all lead the Eastern League as the teams come out of the All-Star Break.
“When you’re up there, you get juiced up and the adrenaline allows you to do some things you can’t normally do. I was able to put some good swings together and make something happen,” Hall told MiLB.com.
The 23-year old first baseman was drafted by the Phillies in the 14th round of the 2016 Draft out of Dallas Baptist University.
In four minor league seasons, Hall has a line of 78-272-.257/.338/.496 in the Phillies minor league organization. He split last season between Clearwater and Reading and then played in the Arizona Fall League.
Grullon was set to go for a second straight home run derby title in the Triple-A All-Star Game, but is on the IL with a fractured toe.