Frazier Hall passed that test with flying colors.
Early in baseball's spring training process, before Haley really knew what he had with this year's team, the 6-foot-4, 220-pound Hall stood out.
Case in point -- Defensive bunt drills: Haley makes the call, players make the play. Problem: Third baseman couldn't get the hang of Haley's signals.
"After a couple times, Frazier saw that the third baseman wasn't getting it," Haley said. "I didn't want to embarrass the guy."
Neither did Frazier. Behind his glove, so that Haley couldn't see, Frazier flashed the signals from first base.
"That's a guy who cares about his teammate," Haley said. "That's a guy who is a real leader."
"I want to be the last person on the planet to ever crucify, criticize a person, or yell at them," said the left-handed hitting Frazier, who was in the Hawks' season-opening lineup as designated hitter Thursday night.
Hall was hitless in three plate appearances in the 8-2 Silver Hawk loss to Bowling Green.
"Everybody has been low," Hall said. "When there's someone there to help you and build you up, that person will never forget.
"One of the things I want to give my teammates is loyalty deep in my heart. I want to be as loyal to my teammates as I possibly can.
"I saw that third baseman was having trouble. I could see in his body language that he was nervous. Helping that guy out, I hope it's something he remembers. I had people help me along the way."
From the Bayou to the Bend, it's been quite a journey for the 24-year-old Hall.
When Hall was 12, his brother Ben (two years older) was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Ben was taken to the University of Chicago Hospital for treatment.
A bleak diagnosis was unexpectedly upgraded. At one point, life on a ventilator was the early prediction. However, doctors were much more encouraged once the surgery began.
Short-term memory and auditory problems were the primary negative results of the surgery.
"Ben (who was a standout quarterback) woke up from surgery, we handed him a football, he licked fingers and threw himself a spiral," Hall said. "We knew we had Ben back. All we could do was cry."
Through Hall's life, baseball was always "a passion," but "Ben was a priority."
Hall got his baseball opportunity at Southern University, a "historically black" institution, even though he jokingly considers himself a "historically white" young man.