Phillies prospect Darick Hall sets Lakewood home run record

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CLEARWATER, FL - MARCH 12: The Phillie Phanatic rides a young fan around on a 4 wheeler before a spring training game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Boston Red Sox at Spectrum Field on March 12, 2017 in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
CLEARWATER, FL - MARCH 12: The Phillie Phanatic rides a young fan around on a 4 wheeler before a spring training game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Boston Red Sox at Spectrum Field on March 12, 2017 in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) /
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Phillies prospect Darick Hall capped off his breakout season in Low-A Lakewood by breaking the home run and RBI records Wednesday night.

Darick Hall was on the cusp of breaking two records with Low-A Lakewood Wednesday night. Heading into the game he had 24 home runs, tied with Jose Pujols‘ record from 2016, and 86 RBI, five shy of Randy Ruiz’s 2004 total. By the end of the game, the Phillies prospect held sole possession of both records.

Hall went 4-for-6 Wednesday night, hitting two home runs, scoring three runs, and driving in seven as Lakewood took home an impressive 14-4 win over the Hagerstown Suns.

The night increased his home run total to 26 and his RBI total to 93, both of which are new records for the Lakewood BlueClaws. Both of those totals lead the South Atlantic League by a large margin and he should end the year as the league’s home run champion.

Hall told Josh Jackson of MiLB.com how much pride and excitement he had accomplishing the feat:

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"“It definitely feels like a burden has been lifted, being able to finally get over that hump,” said Hall, who has 26 homers and 93 RBIs with the club.“It’s a privilege and a blessing to play for this team and in this organization. To be able to do this for the Phillies and the team is an incredible feeling, and to represent the people who gave me an opportunity, and my family and my previous schools…“It’s been really special,” the Dallas Baptist product admitted. “During the season, you never really know what can happen. I always tell anybody, you can’t really enjoy the baseball season until it’s over and you can look back on it. There are 11 games to play — a lot of things can happen in 11 games.”"

Hall is having a strong season beyond the home run total as well. He has a .274/.343/.538 line, good for a 150 wRC+. He has a 6.3 percent walk rate and 22.8 percent strikeout rate in 460 plate appearances. Hall, last year’s 14th-round pick, had a strong year in short-season Williamsport as well, hitting nine home runs, driving in 29 runs, and posting an .890 OPS.

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Hall doesn’t appear on any prospect lists, but with this strong season he could launch himself into the conversation with this record-setting season.

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