2016 MLB Draft: 4 Pac-12 players selected Thursday; 2 from Cal
Four Pac-12 players -- two pitchers and two catchers -- heard their names called among the 77 selections in the first two rounds and supplemental lottery rounds of the 2016 MLB Draft on Thursday -- Stanford's Cal Quantrill went eighth overall, Cal's Daulton Jefferies went 37th, Oregon State's Logan Ice was picked at No. 72 and Cal's Brett Cumberland was selected 76th overall. Rounds three through 10 take place Friday, with the final 30 rounds (11-40) going down on Saturday.
The first Pac-12 player off the board was someone who didn't play in the 2016 season, as Stanford right-handed pitcher Cal Quantrill was taken eighth overall by the San Diego Padres. Sitting out this season as he recovered from Tommy John surgery, Quantrill last pitched for the Cardinal in 2015, going 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA in three starts before injuring his elbow and having surgery. In his only full healthy season on The Farm in 2014, Quantril went 7-5 with a 2.68 ERA, striking out 98 batters in 110 2/3 innings. It was a bit of a surprise to see him go eighth overall — in May, Baseball America listed him as the 35th-best prospect in this year's draft.
He'll get a pretty nice signing bonus, too, as the No. 8 pick has a slot value of $3,630,900. And, being a Port Hope, Ontario, native, he made some history.
At 8th overall by the Padres, Cal Quantrill just became the 2nd highest-drafted Canadian-born player in MLB history (Adam Loewen 4th in '02)
— Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats) June 10, 2016
Another Bay Area pitcher was next to go, as the Oakland Athletics took Cal righty Daulton Jefferies in Lottery Round A with the 37th pick. Various injuries (calf, shoulder) kept him off the mound for about two months in 2016, but when he was out there, he did some serious work. Check out these numbers in eight starts — 7-0, 1.08 ERA and 53 strikeouts against eight walks in 50 innings this season while holding opposing batters to a .185 average. As Connor Letourneau notes in this article on Jefferies, the Golden Bear starter was considered the 57th-best prospect by MLB.com, and one National League scout expected him to go somewhere between the second and fifth rounds.
— Shotgun Spratling (@ShotgunSprD1) June 10, 2016
The 37th pick has a slot value of $1,745,700.
On to the other half of the battery now. Oregon State catcher Logan Ice was taken 72nd overall by the Cleveland Indians in Lottery Round B. The Tribe is getting itself a guy with a cannon — the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year threw out 44 percent of runners trying to steal against him. He wasn't too shabby offensively either, as the switch-hitter boasted a .583 slugging percentage and drove in 39 runs on the season.
— Oregon St. Baseball (@Beaver_Baseball) June 10, 2016
The slot value assigned to the 72nd pick this year is $892,200.
The second-to-last selection on Thursday, Cal catcher Brett Cumberland went 76th overall to the Atlanta Braves in Lottery Round B. Cumberland, the 2016 Pac-12 Player of the Year, paced the conference with 16 home runs and 51 RBIs this season. The USA Baseball Golden Spikes semifinalist was selected in a spot with a slot value of $838,900, so he should be getting a pretty nice bonus as well.
— Braves Reddit (@BravesReddit) June 10, 2016
Pac-12.com will continue its coverage of the 2016 MLB Draft with daily recaps on Friday and Saturday.