Alexander: Storm trio hoping stay in Lake Elsinore is short
LAKE ELSINORE — Those who want to see the Lake Elsinore Storm’s Kings of the Strikeout should hurry. They likely won’t be at The Diamond for long.
Joey Lucchesi, Eric Lauer and Cal Quantrill are three of the Padres’ more precocious young pitchers. Lucchesi went into Saturday night’s start against Stockton third in the California League in strikeouts (86 in 66 2/3 innings) and first in strikeouts per nine innings among starters (11.61), to go with a 5-3 record and 2.43 ERA. Lauer, who is 2-4 with a league leading 2.15 ERA has 76 strikeouts in 62 2/3 innings, after fanning six Ports in five shutout innings en route to a no-decision Friday night. Quantrill (3-5, 3.86), the son of former major league reliever Paul Quantrill, has 60 punchouts in 56 innings going into his start Sunday.
They are three of the gems in San Diego’s farm system, two 2016 first-round picks (Quantrill was eighth overall out of Stanford, Lauer 25th out of Kent State) and a fourth-rounder (Lucchesi, who grew up in Northern California, was drafted from Southeast Missouri).
And the chances are good that, one by one, they will be making their way to Double-A San Antonio sometime during the second half of the season, to continue what each hopes is a progression toward Petco Park.
When? Best that they not worry about it.
“I think last year I was a little bit more like, ‘When am I going to move up? What comes next? What do I have to do to get to the next spot?’ “ said Quantrill, who spent most of 2016 in the short season Northwest League and had a one-game cameo at low-A Fort Wayne.
“This year I’ve decided to take a little different approach. I’m going to go out there and focus on each game I have to […]