My last article discussed MacKenzie Gore beginning his trek to the San Diego Padres. He’s not the only high-level prospect the Friars have coming through the pipeline.
San Diego Padres’ prospect Cal Quantrill is the son of former big-leaguer Paul Quantrill. The elder Quantrill played fourteen seasons in the bigs. He was mostly known as a durable, consistent, and most importantly, an extremely accurate pitcher.
This young man likely has pretty good ideas of the marathon-like training and laser-like focus it will take to make it to The Show, let alone stick around, from watching and learning from his old man.
Cal Quantrill is projected to begin this season in Double-A San Antonio but starting the year in Triple-A El Paso is not out of the question. He’s had his share of highs and lows over his time in the Friars’ system.
San Diego Padres have a fighter in Cal Quantrill
It almost seems as if every time things have begun to spin out of control for Quantrill, he’s been able to reel himself back in and save his season. Take last season as an example. In his second start he gave up five earned runs over five innings but was able to put up four quality starts in a row after that.
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Quantrill’s next four starts looked like this: 5.1 IP, 1 ER, 6 K; 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 K; 6 IP, 2 ER, 12 K; 6 IP, 0 ER, 5 K) after that short start on April 13th.
He walked three-or-more batters in a game three times all of last season and four batters were the most he walked in a game (once, 8/28).
There were a few more hiccups as the season went on, but there were many more high points than lows. He finished with a 4.04 ERA last year with San Antonio. His numbers don’t exactly scream, “ACE!!”.
Can Cal Quantrill be a reliable mid-to-high-end starter for the San Diego Padres? Yes. Could he be here before the end of this season? If the need for a starter arises, sure. But in all likelihood, next year we’ll be talking about Quantrill trying to break into the Friars’ rotation.