Cal Quantrill

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Cal Paul Quantrill

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The son of major leaguer Paul Quantrill, Cal Quantrill was picked in the 26th round (794th overall) of the 2013 amateur draft by the New York Yankees. He did not sign and pitched for Canada in the 2013 World Junior Championship; his 3.12 ERA was exactly the same as the team total. He then went on to college at Stanford University and was selected in the first round of the 2016 amateur draft, 8th overall, by the San Diego Padres. At Stanford, he was the first freshman to be the opening day starter since Mike Mussina, but had to undergo Tommy John surgery as a sophomore. He came back the next year when he was drafted; he was also able to complete his engineering degree in just three years. He began his pro career with the AZL Padres. He also pitched for the Tri-City Dust Devils and Fort Wayne Wizards that first season.

He was named to the World team for the 2017 Futures Game. That year he was 7-10, 3.80 in 22 starts between the Class A Lake Elsinore Storm and the AA San Antonio Missions. In 2018, he made 28 starts and pitched 148 innings, going 9-6, 4.80 between San Antonio and the AAA El Paso Chihuahuas. He then started off the 2019 season going 3-1, 5.40 in his first 5 starts for El Paso and on May 1st was called up to make his major league debut. Starting against the Atlanta Braves he gave up 2 runs in 5 2/3 innings and was charged with a 5-1 loss. He was the first player from the 1st round of the 2016 draft to make it to the Show, preceding #2 overall pick Nick Senzel by only a couple of days, although a number of players drafted in lower rounds had made it before them. He earned his first win in front of friends and family on May 25th, with a start against the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre in which he gave up 3 runs in 6 innings as the Padres won handily, 19-4. Sporting an ERA of 5.23 after 6 starts, he was sent back to the minors for a brief spell, then was used out of the bullpen for the remainder of June. On July 14th, he was matched up against fellow Canadian Mike Soroka of the Braves in what was the first major league game started by two Canadian pitchers since 2013, when Ryan Dempster had faced Scott Diamond. Both pitchers did very well, with Quantrill tossing 6 scoreless innings and Soroka 7. The Braves eventually won the game, 4-1. He ended his rookie season with a record of 6-8, 5.16 in 23 games, including 18 starts, logging 103 innings and striking out 89 opponents.

In 2020, he started the year working out of the bullpen for the Padres, making only 1 start in his first 10 appearances. He was 2-0, 2.60 during that stretch, as the Padres were in serious contention for the postseason. The top brass began to make deals in order to strengthen that position before the trading deadline of August 31st, and on that day, he was sent to the Cleveland Indians in a blockbuster trade. Joining him were C Austin Hedges and OF Josh Naylor as well as three prospects, Gabriel Arias, Joey Cantillo and Owen Miller - as the Padres acquired ace P Mike Clevinger, OF Greg Allen and a player to be named later.

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