Cal Quantrill gets major-league call like his dad

Cal Quantrill was selected by the San Diego Padres in the first round of the 2016 MLB Draft, following in his father’s footsteps of the professional ranks.  Cal was a standout as a freshman for Stanford University in 2014, after deciding not to sign a pro contract out of high school.  However, he wound up pitching only 18 more innings with Stanford before requiring Tommy John surgery.  Admittedly, the Padres are taking a gamble on Cal.

Cal’s father, Paul, pitched in the major-leagues for 14 seasons during 1992 to 2005.  He played for seven different clubs, including an all-star season with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2001.

View the pre-draft review of Cal’s career at the link below from SB Nation:

http://www.amazinavenue.com/2016/6/4/11806496/mlb-draft-cal-quantrill-mets-preview

Read more about Cal’s signing at the link below from The San Diego Union-Tribune:

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2016/jun/13/san-diego-padres-2016-1st-round-pick-cal-quantrill/

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Mikey York is chip off the old block

Mikey York was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 5th round of the 2016 MLB Draft, after pitching for College of Southern Nevada this season.  He has been assigned to the Rays’ rookie-league entry, Princeton, in the Appalachian League.

He had a very good teacher of baseball at an early age, since his father, Mike, played professional baseball for thirteen seasons, including stints with the Cleveland Indians and Pittsburgh Pirates.

Read more about Mikey York by going to the link below from Bluefield Daily Telegraph:

http://www.bdtonline.com/sports/p-rays-york-follows-in-father-s-footsteps-as-professional/article_a8383d5a-38f3-11e6-92c9-e79e5fd120c3.html

 

Brothers Joshua and Nathaniel Lowe Drafted by Rays

It’s not often two brothers are selected in the same MLB Draft, but that’s what happened in the June draft.  In fact, Joshua and Nathaniel Lowe were both drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays.

Joshua was one of the top high school players in Georgia and was picked in the first round by the Rays.  Nathaniel, who played for SEC Champion Mississippi State University this season, was selected by the Rays in the 13th round.

Their father, David, was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in 1986, but did not play pro baseball.

Read Joshua’s pre-draft review at the link below from SB Nation:

http://www.amazinavenue.com/2016/6/5/11806528/mlb-draft-joshua-lowe-mets

 

 

Mickey Moniak has Baseball in his Bloodlines

Mickey Moniak, an 18-year-old outfielder from Carlsbad, California, was the first overall pick by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2016 MLB Draft.  He is expected to be a big part of the Phillies’ re-building effort over the next few years.

Mickey’s grandfather, Bill Moniak, was signed in 1958 by the Boston Red Sox, for whom he played six seasons in the minors.  One of Bill’s hitting instructors coming up through the Red Sox system was Hall of Famer Ted Williams.

Mickey valued the time he has spent talking to his grandfather about hitting and hearing the stories from his former playing days as a professional.

Read more about Mickey Moniak at the link below from Press of Atlantic City and phillyvoice.com:

http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/sports/breaking_news/phillies-no-pick-mickey-moniak-makes-good-first-impression/article_1c544fb0-37fc-11e6-949d-4ba1f97c2d27.html

http://www.phillyvoice.com/ted-talks-how-hall-famer-and-strong-family-bond-formed-mickey-moniaks-skill-set/

Torii Hunter Jr. Keeps Baseball as an Option

Torii Hunter Jr., son of former major league all-star Torii Hunter Sr., was selected in the 23rd round of the 2016 MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Angels.  He has played both football and baseball at Notre Dame, although football became his primary sport for The Fighting Irish as a wide receiver.

However, Torii Jr. recently signed a pro contract with the Angels, thus keeping open an option for eventually playing pro baseball.  His signing does not affect his eligibility to play football this fall for Notre Dame.  It’s likely he will be drafted by an NFL team next year.

Read more about Torii’s career at the link below from Today’s U Sports:

http://www.todaysu.com/fbs-independents/notre-dame-fighting-irish/baseball-provides-life-after-sports-for-torii-hunter-jr/

Odds of MLB Draft Legacies Making the Big Leagues

Each year there a number of sons, brothers, and cousins of current and former major-league players who are selected in the 2016 MLB Draft.

Bleacher Report provided an interesting assessment of the probabilities of several legacy prospects from the 2016  draft actually reaching the major-league level.

The assessment included the following drafted players who have relatives in pro baseball:

  • Bo Bichette, son of Dante Bichette and brother Dante Bichette Jr.
  • Cavan Biggio, son of Craig Biggio and brother of Conor Biggio
  • Conner Capel, son of Mike Capel
  • Trey Griffey, son of Ken Griffey Jr. and grandson of Ken Griffey Sr.
  • Jacob Heyward, brother of Jason Heyward
  • Torii Hunter Jr., son of Torii Hunter Sr.
  • Preston Palmeiro, son of Rafael Palmeiro and brother of Patrick Palmeiro
  • Cal Quantrill, son of Paul Quantrill
  • Nick Shumpert, son of Terry Shumpert and cousin of Mookie Betts

For the full report see the link below from Bleacher Report:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2645856-odds-of-each-2016-mlb-draft-legacy-prospect-reaching-the-majors