School: Stanford University; Class: Junior
Position: RHP; B/T: L/R
Height: 6–3; Weight: 185
Previously Drafted: New York Yankees, 26th round, 2013
Background: The son of former big league reliever Paul Quantrill, who led the league in appearances for four straight seasons (2001-2004), Cal, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound right-hander, hasn’t been able to display his father’s trademark durability. Just three starts into a potentially dominant sophomore season the younger Quantrill, who posted a 20-to-8 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 18.2 innings, succumbed to Tommy John surgery – an injury that knocked him out for the remainder of the 2015 season and he’s yet to make an appearance for The Cardinal in 2016.
Projection: Ignoring high school data, which is unreliable at best, we have 129 innings of data to go off of – except that it’s pre-injury data. During his freshman season the big right-hander tossed 110.2 innings – certainly a reasonable, far from problematic total for a 19-year-old – while fanning 98, walking 34, and posting a tidy 2.68 ERA. Fantastic, fantastic production from any pitcher – regardless of age – in the PAC12.
Injury-inhibited pitchers like Erick Fedde, Lucas Giolito, Jeff Hoffman were all first rounder picks despite elbow injuries, so it’s very likely Quantrill goes somewhere between picks 15 and 25 come this year’s draft. As far as upside, he looked like a #2/#3-type arm as a freshman – hopefully he makes a full recovery.
Ceiling: 2.5– to 3.0-win player
Floor: 1.0-win player
Grade: First Round