TODAY: The idea that Quantrill would free the Pads to sign other choices was apparently misplaced, as MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo tweets that he’ll actually command an over-slot bonus. His agreed-upon bonus is $3,963,045, per Mayo, which landss $332,145 above the slot value at #8.
It appears that the team cut its deal with 24th overall selection Hudson Sanchez, who agreed to a $1MM bonus that leaves plenty of meat left on the bone of his $2,191,200 slot value, per Jim Callis of MLB.com (via Twitter). The remainder of that cash appears to have been redirected to Mason Thompson, who agreed to an above-slot deal yesterday.
YESTERDAY: The Padres have agreed to terms with top draft pick Cal Quantrill, per a team announcement. The son of long-time big league reliever Paul Quantrill, Cal was selected eighth overall out of Stanford University.
It’s possible that Quantrill would have gone even higher, but he’s still working back from Tommy John surgery. That didn’t stop San Diego from betting on his top-tier talent, though there were other motivations at play for the organization, too.
With multiple early-round picks in their pocket, the Padres were looking for someone to cut a deal at that selection. It offered just over $3.6MM in bonus spending, and expectations are that some of that will go to other players — though Quantrill’s bonus remains unreported at present.
Among San Diego’s top selections were several high-schoolers — including shortstop Hudson Sanchez (#24) and righties Reggie Lawson (#71) and Mason Thompson (#85). In between, the club grabbed Kent State lefty Eric Lauer (#25) and Florida outfielder Buddy Reed (#48).
As for Quantrill, publications such as MLB.com and ESPN.com (Insider link) rated him just outside the top twenty draft-eligible prospects. His stock might’ve been higher had he returned to pitch this year — his surgery took place in March of 2015 — though some clubs were able to get a look at the talented righty in workouts. Obviously, San Diego felt that the talent was worth its top pick in a critical draft for the organization.
Doubt quantril gets above 2.5 mill coming off tjs out of college. Which leaves 1.1 or more to spend on the high schoolers.
Ended up being the exact opposite; they went way over on Quantrill so they must have had some underslot deals already in the pipeline for their other picks. A mixed-bag draft on the surface, but of course, we won’t really know anything for several years. Quantrill looks like a high-floor kind of guy and the Padres don’t really have anyone like that even in the system, so he should move quickly once he’s fully healthy from the TJ.
Yeah they cut a huge deal with hudson sanchez. 1 million saving 2.1 mill. Still above slot with quantril should have gone with someone else at 8. I liked the pick if it was under slot. Not so much over slot.
Preller said today that he won’t be assigned to a team until 2017. He will go to extended spring training in Peoria and then to the rookie league in Peoria. Next year he will start the season in Low-A ball if everything goes right in his rehab this year, meaning the soonest we might see him here would be June 2018 if everything went extremely well. A more realistic time frame is we see him here in San Diego in June 2019 or later.
This guy was an interesting first pick for Preller and co. Hopefully he can return to the level he was pitching at before the surgery.
We can always hope that he returns to being a kid with a low 90s fastball and 3 other MLB average pitches and that he still profiles as a middle of the rotation starter. It would be nice to eventually get someone who is an Ace, but middle of the rotation guys are valuable too.
Low 90s fastball that touches o5-96 by many reports. Guess chapman and herrera throwing 100mph is mid 90s then if youre bumping the scale.
He’s capable of throwing it in the low 90s and changing speeds, but its certainly not his max of 90-93 as, mentioned before, tops out at 95-96.
Seriously look stuff up JUSTAPadsFan
Quantrill NEVER hit 96 and that was before his surgery. He topped out at 94. Right now he has only thrown off a mound ONCE since March 2015 and that was yesterday. No one, and that includes the Padres FO, knows what he can do. That is why Preller said today that he is going to extended spring training in Peoria and then the rookie league if his rehab goes well. Seriously subscribe and read Baseball America reports bigh.
Quantrill’s first bullpen session since his surgery in March of 2015 was today. Wow. That’s doing your due diligence. Let’s sign a kid coming off TJ that we have not seen throw off a mound.
Well considering he pitched for stanford in 2014 in 17 games and 3 games in 2015 before tjs its pretty safe to say a. They had 20 games in which he started to watch film on him to make an opinion and b. Scouts do attend collegiate games to scout players. Considering 16 stanford players were drafted between 2014 and 2016 safe to say some of the padres scouts were watching him as well as others at some point. Also, c. You can go back to his high school years as he only played 2 at stanford to watch game film.
We can tell why you’re JUST a fan.
Watching a pitcher throw before he has tjs doesn’t really help you evaluate him after he’s had tjs though.
It’s safe to say that no pitcher is the same AFTER Tommy John surgery and making a decision before you have seen him throw off a mound after the surgery is more than a little bit stupid regardless of how many films you have studied or games you attended when he was in high school. That is probably why Preller’s Padres are one of only 2 with a payroll over $100 million that are having a losing season this year. He simply has no clue. Why do you feel its necessary to try to hurl insults. Just because you are wrong, is no reason to get testy. Just for the record, I am a Stanford grad, MBA 1985.
where are you hearing that? i read that the Padres held private workouts with him prior to the draft, and all but guaranteed a deal.
They held a workout, but on Padres site it said they had their first bullpen session with him throwing off a mound yesterday. John Manuel of Baseball America also said he had not thrown off a mound since March 2015.
How long will these clowns running the Padres keep their jobs?
Check history of guys coming back from Tommy John surgery….most make it back, some don’t. Many who throw hard are high risk for it happening again.
So you go over slot early with an “injured college kid” from a school who historically has had pitchers massively underperform at the professional level. You “work” the system by underpaying another slot where numerous other high upside players were and cut a deal with a guy way down the list.
This clown for SD is getting fired anyway. Good for him to get his chips on the hard ways and praying they hit.
I guess we won’t really know for another couple of years. Preller says he has a plan, so maybe he’ll find a way to put everything together.
Let’s enjoy our draft picks and hope for a big international signing class. BA claims that Preller has an excellent group of kids ready to sign. Keep the faith!
Maybe I can shed some light on this signing. I am a coach with the travel program in Canada that Cal came out of. I watched Cal pitch for 3 years (age 16-18) and know his father, Paul, quite well. Paul was our program pitching coordinator at the time. I can tell you that you got a good one with Cal. Forget for a second that he had TJ. I don’t know if there was another pitcher in the draft – college or prep, that has a higher upside than Cal. His pitchability if simply off the charts. He gets his determination and grit from his father. If you know Paul, all he ever wanted to do was get guys out. Yes, there are guys that throw harder, but Cal knows how to get hitters out. Velo is somewhat overrated. Guys that light up the radar gun are considered sexy. But at the end of the day, you have to get guys out. And major league hitters can hit 98mph.
The point is, Cal knows how to pitch. He’s incredibly intelligent and will not get lost in the minor league system. Many guys in the minors have determination, but there is something different with Cal. He is wired differently.
Back to the discussion about TJ. The thought of having surgery isn’t as bad as it once was. Guys have come back stronger than before. You don’t have to look any further than the Jays closer, Roberto Osuna.
Lastly, Cal has pitched off the mound prior to yesterday. I think some people here took the article on the Padres website out of context. I know for a fact he has thrown a couple times at Stanford. And all of his private sessions that he threw for teams was off a mound. He could have come back and pitched for Stanford near the end of the season, but he made the decision to further his rehab instead.
Keep in mind guys, this kid was on the fast track to graduate with an Engineering degree from one of the hardest academic schools in the World in only 3 YEARS. The fact he is only 4 or 5 credits shy says a lot about his makeup.
IF he continues to stay healthy, he will move fast through the system.
I look forward to your feedback.