Background: If you are a Yankees fan and remember the Joe Torre era you probably remember a Paul Quantrill who was a rubber arm for Torre in the 2004 campaign. This is his son. Cal was a top prospect coming out of high school in Canada. He was considered a lock to go to school unless a team took him early in the first round as he had a partial scholarship to Stanford. With a dad that had 14 seasons in the big leagues money wasn’t something that the family needed.
Quantrill stepped right in and became Stanford’s ace. While he only won 7 games his freshman year, he pitched 110.2 innings to a 2.68 era. He had a 1.12 WHIP, 2.77 BB/9 and a 7.97 K/9. Those were great numbers for a freshman coming into a top program. Quantrill’s sophomore year started very well as well. In 3 starts the right handed pitcher pitched 18.2 innings, he had a 1.93 EA, 9.64 k/9 and 3.86 BB/9. But that’s when everything went bad as Quantrill snapped his elbow tendon and needed Tommy John surgery. He hasn’t pitched since the surgery.
Body: Quantrill has a great pitchers frame. He is 6’3” and coming out of high school weighted 165lbs. After three years at Stanford he has gained 20 lbs of muscle which has helped his stuff. Other than the Tommy John surgery there is nothing physically concerning about Quantrill.
Stuff: Coming out of high school Quantrill had a fastball that sat 89-91 and touched 93. Now he sits low 90s and touches the mid 90’s with his heather. It’s a 60 grade pitch according to scouts. He backs it up with an above average curve ball, an average slider and changeup. That means Quantrill could have 4 major league pitches.
Good pick for the Yankees? I do think this could be a good pick for the Yankees. They drafted Quantrill out of high school and liked him there. I’m sure they made a run at him but didn’t have top first round money to offer. There was talk that Quantrill could be the top player in this years draft class after his freshman year. The Tommy John surgery did affect that thou. The risk will be in the medicals and if he pitches this year. There was talk Quantrill would pitch in May but as of mid May nothing has happened yet. I think ultimately the Yankees will see if Quantrill gets to their 2nd pick and try to take him there. There is definitely a chance he does make it there.
Rankings: Baseball America is the lowest 35, MLB: 23 and Keith Law: 21.