Detroit Tigers Promote Former Bear Matt Hall

The Detroit Tigers have promoted former Missouri State Bears pitcher Matt Hall to the big leagues.

The former All-American is the 20th Bear to make it to the majors.

Here's more from Missouri State:

Former Missouri State baseball All-American Matt Hall became the 20th Bear to receive a call-up to the big leagues Tuesday when the Detroit Tigers made the move official by adding the left-handed pitcher to their 40-man Major League roster.

Hall was selected by the Tigers in the sixth round of the 2015 MLB Draft with the 190th overall pick after posting a dominant junior campaign for the Bears in which he shattered both the Missouri State and Missouri Valley Conference single-season strikeout records with an NCAA Division I-leading 171 punchouts.

The Lee's Summit, Mo., product also matched a Missouri State record with 12 victories in 2015, while his 2.02 ERA was the best among all Valley starting pitchers.

For his Missouri State career, Hall went 19-9 with a 2.66 ERA, while his 275 career strikeouts rank fourth in Bears history.

He turned in a streak of 32.0 consecutive scoreless innings as part of the Bears' school-record 19-game win streak, before capping his season with a memorable complete-game one-hitter of Arkansas to force a third and deciding game at the Fayetteville Super Regional.

Hall became the ninth Bear to earn first-team All-America honors with his selection by both Collegiate Baseball and D1Baseball.com.

Prior to his promotion, Hall posted a combined 9-2 mound mark to go along with a 2.13 earned run average, 135 strikeouts and just 45 walks over 114.1 innings this season between Double-A Erie and Class AAA Toledo.

Over his four-year professional career, he logged a 28-11 record with a 2.48 ERA, striking out 444 hitters in 413.2 innings spanning 97 total appearances in the Tigers organization.

Hall also became the fourth Bear to receive a Major League promotion in the last three seasons after Buddy Baumann made his big league debut with the San Diego Padres in July 2016, Pierce Johnson broke in with the Chicago Cubs last May and Luke Voit was called up by the St. Louis Cardinals in June 2017.

The 25-year-old Hall is the 18th MSU player overall to reach the majors under current head coach Keith Guttin and the 13th pupil of Bears pitching coach Paul Evans to receive a big-league call-up.

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