Jun 17, 2016 | Dan Thompson | 327 views
Three Terriers Go Pro In This Year's Draft
The Terriers are very proud to announce that their tradition of combining prowess in developing student athletics with pro prospects continues with three alumni chosen in this week’s MLB draft.
Cal Quantrill (Terriers 2013) It’s little wonder that The San Diego Padres scooped Cal up in the first round, 8th overall!
In 2014 at Stanford, Cal was the first freshman to start for the Cardinals on opening day since Mike Mussina did it in 1988.
In 17 starts that year Cal garnered a sparkling 2.68 ERA. He led in innings pitched (110 2/3) and strikeouts (98).
At season's end he was named Louisville Slugger All-American, PAC-12 Freshman of the Year and All PAC-12. Cal pitches off a 90-94 MPH fastball with sinking life and a very advanced changeup with similar life and action. He has also thrown both a slider and a curve ball in the 78-80 MPH range as part of his arsenal.
How does Cal sum up his Terriers experience?
"I had the pleasure of playing for the Ontario Terriers 17U and 18U teams during my time in high school. It was some of the most fun I have ever had in a baseball uniform and without a doubt a major reason I have been afforded the opportunities I have now.
I cannot think of a place that better represents what baseball means to me. Terrier baseball recognizes the importance of your education, the friendships you develop over your time with the program and most importantly why we all play the game, because there is nothing better than toeing the rubber or getting in the box."
Bruce Yari (Terriers 2012) was a one-man wrecking crew for the Thunderbird offence this year. He batted .368 on the season and led the 'Blue and Gold' in every important offensive category. And if one were to search back a couple of more years, the incredibly talented first baseman and right fielder’s numbers don’t change much. The Cincinnati Reds organization liked what they saw and took Bruce in the 24th round. His reflection of his time with The Terriers,
“I spent 3 years with the Ontario Terriers from 2010-2012. Between my many coaches in the organization I learned countless valuable lessons, both on the field and away from it that helped me develop both as a baseball player and as a person. The way the people within the Terriers organization taught me to play the game, and carry myself as a person was a foundation that allowed me to continuously build off of all throughout my college career, and allowed me to turn into the player that I am today. I loved my time spent with the Terriers and am truly thankful that I was able to be a part of such a great organization.”
Toby Handley (Terriers 2013) a standout Junior with decorated NCAA Division 1 Stonybrook University is a centre fielder whose lightning speed, rocket arm and outstanding bat convinced The Houston Astros to grab him in the 33rd round. The Astros will be the beneficiaries of one tough competitor with tools aplenty. When asked earlier this week to comment on his time with The Terriers, Toby responded, “The Terriers taught me so much during the time I played there. They taught me not only how to become a man on the field maturing as a baseball player, but also how to become a man off the field preparing for the independent years to follow at college. I can honestly say the Terriers helped me become a better baseball player and a better person, all thanks to the great coaching pushing me to the limits every day."