Back when Blue Springs South High School graduate Allante Hall was playing youth baseball, he would write down one goal following each season.
And it was a big one.
“I wanted to be a professional baseball player,” Hall said.
That came true over the weekend when the former Jaguars all-state catcher signed with the Minnesota Twins as an undrafted free agent.
“I don’t really see it as a dream come true. It’s more like a mission, a mission I have accomplished through the help of a lot of people and through a lot of hard work,” Hall added.
Hall, who first signed with Arkansas before spending his freshman season playing junior college baseball at Pensacola (Fla.) State College, has been spending six to eight hours a day at 643 Training Center in Blue Springs.
“I’m going to start spending more time there, working on all aspects of my game,” said Hall, who was known for a strong arm, a slick glove and live bat during his days with the Jaguars. “No one is going to outwork me, I can promise you that.”
As a senior at Blue Springs South, Hall hit .371 with 11 doubles, one triple, one home run, 19 RBIs, 29 runs, 18 walks, five stolen bases, a .458 on-base percentage, .536 slugging percentage, .994 OPS and .980 fielding percentage.
He was named to the Missouri High School Baseball Coaches Association’s Class 5 All-State first team, all-district, All-Suburban Big Seven and a MHSBCA Senior All-Star. He was a big part of the Jaguars third consecutive Class 5 district championship team that finished third at state.
Although he wasn’t chosen in last week’s Major League Baseball amateur draft, Hall said the Twins kept in close contact with him during the two-day affair.
“Their regional scout, Mr. Jack Powell, talked to me and asked if I would be interested in signing with the Twins if I was not drafted, and I told him I would be,” Hall said.
The draft, in a cost-cutting measure by the owners, was limited to just five rounds this year instead of the usual 40. All players who went undrafted were eligible to sign as free agents for a bonus of up to $20,000.
“The Twins were the first team to show interest in me, although I was selected by the Texas Rangers out of high school,” Hall said of why he chose Minnesota. “And the Twins have always been in touch.”
After his senior season at South, Hall was selected by the Rangers in the 29th round but opted to play collegiately to improve his game.
“I wasn’t ready to sign out of high school,” Hall explained. “I am ready now. I am giving myself two years to see what I can do, how much I improve and to see if I have the opportunity to make it to the big leagues with the Twins.
“Thinking about it, it’s all surreal. No one really knows what’s going to happen with the major league teams, let alone their minor league teams.
“The Twins said they would keep in touch with me and my agent and that when the time comes, I will be assigned to their Rookie League team in Fort Myers, Florida. And I can promise you, I will be ready.”