Quantrill tossed seven shutout innings and struck out a season-high 10 batters in Double-A San Antonio's 6-0 win over Springfield on Sunday. He scattered three hits and a walk in the 97-pitch outing.
The 23-year-old lowered his ERA to 4.15 through 12 starts with San Antonio and has given up just two runs in his last three outings, covering 17.2 innings over that span. With the right-hander beginning to turn the corner after a rough start to the Texas League campaign, it's not out of the question for him to receive the call to the big leagues at some point in the second half. Quantrill's above-average changeup and quality fastball give him a chance at developing into a serviceable back-end rotation member for the Padres.
Quantrill split the 2017 season between the High A- and Double-A levels after earning a promotion to San Antonio in mid-July. Over eight starts with San Antonio -- his first opportunity in Double-A -- he posted a 4.04 ERA and 1.62 WHIP with a 34:16 K:BB in 42.1 innings. This marked his first full year as a professional after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2015, which has hampered his projection as a front-end starter for the future. Spring training will be a good test to see how the 23-year-old fares against major-league hitting for the first time, and whether there's enough potential for him to possibly earn a late-season call-up during the 2018 campaign.
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