Cal Quantrill No. 2 Padres Pitching Prospect, ETA Late 2018, Age: 23
Drafted eighth overall by the Friars in the 2016 draft, many were surprised that Cal Quantrill was taken so early. Quantrill missed his entire junior season at Stanford University and only made three starts the year prior due to having Tommy John surgery in 2015.
Quantrill’s injury history didn’t scare the Padres though and they were confident enough in his ability to recover by signing him to a $3.9 million bonus.
Last year we saw Cal Quantrill convince the organization that his surgery and recovery were behind him as he was able to log 116 innings throughout both High-A and Double-A.
His command is certainly not an issue, as he was able to only walk 40 batters and strikeout 110. Quantrill’s arsenal includes a mid-90s fastball, slider, curveball, and a wipeout changeup. Some scouts believe he may have the best changeup in the entire minor leagues.
Quantrill is by far the most mature and big league ready pitcher on this list. He has done everything the Padres have asked him and there seems to be no concern over his injury history.
If Bryan Mitchell continues to struggle, Quantrill may find himself with Luchessi and Lauer at some point this year in the big-league rotation