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Quantrill goes to the Padres in the first round of draft

 

Cal Quantrill was a pretty good hockey player growing up in Canada. He's a little better in baseball.

The San Diego Padres made the Stanford junior a first round pick Thursday, selecting him as the eighth overall selection of the First Year Player Draft.

"I am incredibly excited to be a member of the San Diego Padres organization," Quantrill said. "I wouldn't be where I am today without my family and friends, and I can't wait to start my pro career."

Quantrill sat out most of the past two baseball seasons recovering from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.

He finished his Stanford career with a 9-5 record and an ERA of 2.57. Quantrill was limited to 21 appearances, 20 starts.

The son of former major league pitcher Paul Quantrill, Cal's reputation was already set before he came to Stanford.

The New York Yankees took a chance, drafting him in a late round following his senior year at Trinity College Prep, where he also lettered in hockey and volleyball.

Quantrill helped the Cardinal reach the NCAA Super Regional while earning Freshmen All-American honors and being named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.

He was 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA through three starts as a sophomore before undergoing surgery in March of 2015.

While he never got back to the mound this spring, Quantrill did work out for a number of teams.

-- YouTube video provided by Fangraphs

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