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.
To read more about Cal Quantrill, follow the link below from todaysknuckleball.com:
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:
Read more about Cal’s signing at the link below from The San Diego Union-Tribune:
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:
Cal Quantrill was in Stanford University’s starting rotation as a freshman this season. It seems like just a matter of time before he follows in his father’s footsteps as a major leaguer pitcher. Paul played 14 seasons for seven different major league clubs from 1992 to 2005, and Cal was often a batboy for his father’s team.
See related story about Cal Quantrill at the link below from sfgate.com: