San Diego Padres have been on a roll recently winning six of the last eight. Solid pitching has been a constant for the Friars all season, and the team hopes to add more reinforcement.
Cal Quantrill, the first-round draft pick from 2016 MLB Draft (8th overall) will look to help the San Diego Padres with that reinforcement as he gets his first taste of Major League action in Atlanta later today.
Cal Quantrill is not alien to adversities. After appearing likely to be the top draft pick heading into the into the 2016 MLB Draft, Cal underwent Tommy John surgery (2015) forcing him to miss most of his sophomore season for Stanford.
Prior to the start of 2019 season, Cal Quantrill and Logan Allen were vying for the final pitchers’ spot in the Friars’ starting rotation. Cal squandered a golden opportunity and failed to complete a single inning. He was charged with seven unearned runs.
Since surrendering eight runs (6 earned) in the season opener for El Paso, Cal Quantrill seems to have somewhat steadied the ship and has pitched to a 2.86 ERA in his last four starts. He has thrown around 93 pitches (93, 92, 93) in each of his last three outings. Cal has been consistent but not dominant. Today he will be get another opportunity to push for a starting rotation spot.
San Diego Padres will want Cal Quantrill to pitch well
Matt Strahm, Chris Paddack, and Nick Margevicius are in their first season as starters. Eric Lauer and Joey Lucchesi are not looking like the number one and number two starters. Eric Lauer is pitching to 4.41 ERA while Joey is barely under 5 (4.94). Numbers aside, Lauer and Lucchesi seem to be easily flustered when pitching under pressure.
San Diego Padres’ pitching group comprises of four lefties and one right-handed pitcher in the form of Chris Paddack. Adding another right-handed pitcher will definitely be beneficial especially against good right-handed hitting teams.
If Cal Quantrill can rise up to the occasion, like he often has, A.J. Preller and Andy Green will have good problems to handle. We might see a six man starting rotation on a more regular basis.
Good luck Cal Quantrill!