Soroka, Quantrill, O'Neill crack Baseball America's Top 100 MLB Prospects

 After being named Atlanta Braves Minor League Pitcher of the Year, Calgary, Alta., native Mike Soroka ranks 27th on Baseball America's Top 100 MLB Prospects list. Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

After being named Atlanta Braves Minor League Pitcher of the Year, Calgary, Alta., native Mike Soroka ranks 27th on Baseball America's Top 100 MLB Prospects list. Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

OTTAWA - For the second consecutive year, three Junior National Team alumni have cracked Baseball America’s Top 100 MLB Prospects.

Right-handed pitchers Mike Soroka (Atlanta Braves) and Cal Quantrill (San Diego Padres) made the list at numbers 27 and 52, respectively while outfielder Tyler O’Neill (St. Louis Cardinals) came in at number 86. All three players are on the list for the second year in a row.

Soroka, a native of Calgary, heads up the Canadian content with a Top-30 ranking and improves on his 2017 ranking of #48. The 20-year-old was nothing short of impressive during the 2017 season winning the Braves’ Minor League Pitcher of the Year Award while also representing Canada at the Future’s Game in Miami. The Braves took a chance advancing the then 19-year-old two levels to double-A after Spring Training and he made them look brilliant after putting together an All-Star caliber campaign that saw him go 11-8 with a 2.75 ERA. Soroka will be in big league camp with the Braves next month.

Teammates with Soroka in the Future’s Game, Port Hope, Ont., native Cal Quantrill is on the same path to the big leagues as his Canadian counterpart. The 22-year-old reached double-A in 2017, but more importantly pitched 116 innings just two years removed from Tommy John Surgery. The former eighth overall pick of the Padres in 2016 averaged nearly a strikeout per inning in 2017 and moved up 44 places from #96 on the Top 100 this time last year.

After struggling for the first time in his professional career and a midseason trade, Maple Ridge, B.C., native Tyler O’Neill hit his stride at triple-A Memphis and finished the season with 31 home runs and added four more in the playoffs as the Redbirds won the Pacific Coast league title under Canadian manager Stubby Clapp. The 22-year-old outfielder finished with an .850 OPS and drove in 95 runs proving that he’s ready to handle the challenge of the big leagues.

Soroka is one of eight Atlanta Braves’ players to make the Top 100 and lead the way among MLB organizations, while Quantrill is one of six Padres on the list, which is tied for second most among MLB clubs. O’Neill is one of four St. Louis Cardinals prospects to appear on the list.

To view the complete Baseball America Top 100 MLB Prospects, click here.

Adam Morissette

Adam Morissette was born and raised in Ottawa, Ont. where sports were always a big part of his life whether it be baseball, hockey or football, including playing two seasons as centre for coach Pat Sheahan with the Queen's University Golden Gaels in Kingston -- Canada's first capital. Morissette has always have been passionate about baseball and has fond memories of attending Montreal Expos games with his father, Mike, and listening to his recollection of watching baseball in Montreal at Jarry Park and stories about Gary Carter, Rusty Staub and Steve Rodgers. Morissette could often be found in a near empty Lynx Stadium watching Joe Siddall, Bert Heffernan, Curtis Pride and Jamie Carroll soaking in a beautiful summer night at the ballpark. He was a member of the provincial championship Orleans Red Sox Little League teams also played with the Ottawa White Sox for the late Lyle Anderson and Todd Burke in OBA Midget and American Legion play and the Capital City Crushers (NCBL), primarily as a catcher. Has also spent time coaching Little League in Orleans and South Ottawa. He wanted to turn his passion into a career and enrolled in Sport Business Management at Algonquin College in Ottawa in 2007. After working for the Ottawa 67's OHL team as the Ticket Coordinator, Morissette jumped at the opportunity to become the Media and Public Relations Coordinator with Baseball Canada in 2010. He loves watching and reading about pro, college or amateur baseball and is a long-time subscriber to Baseball America. Morissette is thrilled about the idea of writing about baseball and is interested in covering any story that his car -- and time -- will allow him to cover.