26th Round, 794th Overall: Cal Quantrill, RHP, Trinity College School, Year: HS, Bats: Left, Throws: Right, 6-foot-3, 175-pounds
Baseball America’s report: Quantrill has as much polish as any pitcher in the draft, no surprise for the son of former big league pitcher Paul, who spent 14 years in the big leagues. With the Canadian junior national team, Cal has gotten plenty of experience against premium competition, as the team routinely travels to Florida, Arizona and the Dominican Republic to play against pro Rookie-level pro squads. Quantrill has a slender, athletic frame at 6-foot-3 and 172 pounds, with long limbs and plenty of room to fill out. His fastball sits in the 89-91 mph range with late life, and he can reach back for 93 when he needs it. Most scouts think he’ll eventually pitch in the mid-90s. He shows good feel for his changeup, which has plus potential. He throws two different breaking balls. Both are currently below-average, with the slider showing more promise. Quantrill is a fierce competitor with an aggressive demeanor on the mound and a good athlete who fields his position well. He is also an exceptional student, though he is considered more signable than most Stanford recruits. Like many Canadians, Quantrill is young for the class and won’t be 18 until October. Don’t be surprised if the Blue Jays–who employ his father as a consultant–grab Quantrill in the second or third round and buy him out of his commitment
MLB.com’s report: The son of former All-Star pitcher Paul Quantrill, Cal has the kind of makeup and advanced understanding of the game expected of a Major Leaguer’s son. Like his father, Quantrill relies on his sinker, which sits in the upper-80s with late movement. He also throws a changeup, curveball and slider. Of his secondary pitches, his changeup is the best and has the potential to become a plus offering. Quantrill is listed at 6-foot-2, 171 pounds and is expected to add velocity as he physically matures. He is committed to Stanford.
MY TAKE: He’s headed to Stanford, which will not be an easy commitment to break, so it seems unlikely he’s going to sign with the Yankees. It’s a shame too because not only does he sound like a better pitcher than his father, he sounds like one of the best pitchers the Yankees took in the entire draft. The Yankees do tend to snag at least one player each year that looks like he’s not going to sign. Hopefully it’s this one this year.