Monarchs’ Hall heads to San Francisco Giants
CHICAGO— After posting the lowest ERA (1.29) in the American Conference and tied for the league lead in wins (4), left-hander Matt Hall had his contract transferred to the San Francisco Giants, a announced the Monarchs today.
“I would like to thank my coaches and the front desk for giving me the opportunity to step into the Monarchs uniform and making me feel welcome from the first day I showed up. I had the opportunity to play with two very special groups of teammates who became brothers to me,” Hall said.
Hall, a native of Lee’s Summit, Mo., and a former Missouri State University standout, was 4-1 with the Monarchs with a 1.29 ERA in 28 innings. He made five starts for Kansas City and was brilliant in his last outing on Friday night June 10 in Chicago. Hall pitched six innings and allowed an earned run with 10 strikeouts in the Monarchs’ 10-2 victory.
Hall was in his second season with Kansas City and was a late-season free agent signed by Monarchs manager Joe Calfapietra last August. Hall was inked on Aug. 21, 2021, and entered straight into the rotation to help the Monarchs run away with the American Conference South Division and fight their way to the league pennant. Hall appeared in five games, making four starts with a 2.25 ERA while allowing just 18 hits and striking out 28 batters. He finished the 2021 season with a perfect 4-0 record. After a relief outing, Hall entered the rotation and won all four of his starts, including two in the regular season and two in the playoffs. On August 28, he held Houston scoreless for five innings while striking out seven to get his first victory as a monarch. He followed that up with a quality start, hitting Cleburne six to claim the victory and holding the Railroaders to three hits and an earned run while hitting 10. That win was part of a four-game sweep of Cleburne, Texas.
In the playoffs, Hall came out on top in Game 1 of the Division Series playoffs with six against Sioux City at Legends Field on Sept. 10. He would limit the X’s to six hits and one earned run while striking out four in an 11-2 KC victory. He would then get the nod on September 17 in the league championship series, striking out seven and securing the Monarchs 8-4 win to take the series lead. He would give up four runs on seven hits as the Monarchs won at Newman Outdoor Field.
American Association Director of the Year 2021 Joe Calfapietra said: “We couldn’t be more excited as an organization to announce that Matt Hall is getting a second opportunity. As we all know, this is what our league and organization is all about. Matt has done a great job for us on and off the field of play. We wish him nothing but the best with the Giants organization.
Hall, 28, has pitched 25 major league games and started for the Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox. The southpaw recorded an 11.48 ERA in 40 innings with 41 strikeouts. He was the Detroit Tigers’ sixth-round pick in 2015 after three seasons with Missouri State. Over six minor league seasons, Hall appeared in 150 games and posted a 3.27 ERA in 537 innings with 587 strikeouts.
“My time here in Kansas City is full of memories that I will hold on to for the rest of my life. Thank you Kansas City fans for all the support. I can’t wait to start the next chapter of my life with the organization of the Giants,” the southpaw said.