The San Diego Padres selected Cal Quantrill with the eighth overall pick in the 2016 Major League Baseball draft, then came back to select high school infielder Hudson Sanchez and Eric Lauer with the 24th and 25th picks.
Taken number eight overall, Quantrill missed most of his sophomore year and all of this season after undergoing Tommy John Surgery, but the Canadian righty was originally thought to be a potential first overall pick during his freshman year at The Farm. The son of former big leaguer Paul Quantrill, the Canadian kid has been on scouting radar since he was 16 years old. In fact, Quantrill first appeared in Peoria with the Canadian U-18 team during spring training in 2013, shutting down several players currently on the Fort Wayne and Lake Elsinore rosters.
Quantrill reports that he is completely recovered from his surgery.
"I was 100 percent at the end of the season," Quantrill told reporters by conference call after his selection. "I'm ready to go now and I've been ready to go for a couple of weeks."
The Padres found themselves in a unique situation this year because of having six picks in the first 84 selections. The Quantrill selection allows them to take a bit of a gamble on upside early while also putting money aside to use with their 24th and 25th overall selections.
Quantrill has long been rumored to have had discussions with the Padres about taking a discounted bonus in the number eight slot. While he has not thrown in competition, he has worked out for the Padres and a number of other teams this spring.