Continuing with our series of 2016 MLB Draft profiles, we turn the page to Stanford University right-hander Cal Quantrill.
The son of former major league pitcher Paul Quantrill, Cal stood out for his bloodlines and pitchability as an Ontario high school player. Viewed as a potential third round pick, he fell to the 26th round of the 2013 draft, where he was selected by the New York Yankees, due to his strong commitment to Stanford University. His freshman season was a success: 2.68 ERA in 111 innings, 98/34 K/BB, punctuated by an impressive summer run through the Coastal Plains League (1.59 ERA, 33/9 K/BB in 23 frames).
Alas, Quantrill blew out his elbow in the spring of 2015, had Tommy John surgery, and has yet to retake the mound in official action. Despite the lack of innings and recent looks, he still has buzz as an early pick based on his bloodlines and past reputation.
Listed at 6-3, 185, Quantrill was born February 10, 1995. When healthy he features a low-90s fastball, an above-average change-up, and solid-average sliders and curves. He has the command, pitchability, and mound presence of a major league starter, not surprising given his background, and projected well as a number three starter before the injury. His makeup is extremely well-regarded.
Quantrill's position on draft day will depend on late workouts, medical reports, and his bonus demands. If healthy he would be a certain first round pick, perhaps quite early, but under the current circumstances he would fit towards the back of the first round or in the compensation round, perhaps to a team with multiple picks available to mitigate risk.
In this clip, he shows sharp command in a difficult situation, demonstrating his quality makeup under pressure.