Rangers sign catcher Toby Hall

The Rangers have signed catcher Toby Hall to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training. He has played in 686 games mostly with the Rays and White Sox and gives the Rangers some depth at catcher.

He was the Rays starting catcher from 2002-2006. He was traded to the Dodgers during the 2006 season and was the White Sox backup catcher in 2007-08. He missed all of last season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

Hall has a career .262 average with 46 home runs and 269 RBI over 686 big league games with Tampa Bay (2000-06), Los Angeles (2006), and Chicago-AL (2007-08).  He was originally selected by Tampa Bay in the ninth round of the 1997 June draft, and was in the Rays organization for the first 10 years of his professional career.  He still holds the Tampa Bay record with 5 Opening Day starts behind the plate.

 In his career, Hall has thrown out 28.0% (118-for-421) of attempted base stealers, the 4th-highest figure among all American League catchers with at least 600 games from 2000-09.  The only catchers with better figures in that span are Ivan Rodriguez, Joe Mauer, and Bengie Molina.

4 Comments

Hopefully this hall guy will send Taylor Teagarden back to triple A were he belongs he needs a full year @ triple A so he can play everyday & develop like he needs to.

Was chatting with Hall last night at his golf tourney and he mentioned a whisper from the AL West.
He should see great action at the top level and also give the teams some options behind the plate if they play against teams with a few speed demons on the base paths.
He said his shoulder was fine and he is excited to play again in 2010.

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Toby Hall is one of the best catcher there is , he is a joy to watch. Why do we not see more of him?

Toby Hall is one of the best catcher there is , he is a joy to watch. Why do we not see more of him?

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