Cal Quantrill was the first-round draft pick of the San Diego Padres in the 2016 MLB Draft despite not having pitched for his college team, Stanford University, this season. He had Tommy John surgery in 2015 after pitching only a few games for Stanford. However, his outstanding freshman campaign, in which he earned a spot on the Freshman All-American team, and his baseball bloodlines were enough for the Padres to take a chance on him.
Cal is the son of Paul Quantrill, who pitched for fourteen major-league seasons during 1992 to 2005. He played for seven different clubs, including six seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays. He led his league in games pitched for four consecutive seasons, in 2001-2004. He was an All-Star with Toronto in 2001.
Although Cal’s stats from his first minor-league season are not that impressive, the season is considered a success in his return from surgery and the long layoff.
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