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Who Is New Cub Chris Volstad?

By bullpenbrian at 01.09.2012 1 comment.

Born – Sept. 23, 1986 (Age 25)
From – Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Big Fella – 6’8, 225lbs – Throws: Right, Bats: Right

Drafted – 2005, Out of H.S. by FLA 1st Round (16th overall)

High Praise – Named the Marlins’ No.1 prospect by Baseball America in 2006

Games Started – 102
Overall Record – (32-39) 4.59 ERA

By Season:
-2008: (6-4) 2.88 ERA
-2009: (9-13) 5.21 ERA
-2010: (12-9) 4.58 ERA
-2011: (5-13) 4.89 ERA

About That 2010 Season: Volstad pitched 175 innings including two complete games. He set career highs in Win, Starts, Complete Games & Innings Pitched. His three home runs allowed at home tied teammate Anibal Sanchez for the second fewest long-balls surrendered at home by an NL starter with at least 10 home starts.

Best Big League Outing: August 9, 2009 vs. S.F.: CG, 0-R, 5-H…Volstad became the third youngest Marlin to pitch a shutout (Dontrelle Willis) & (Anibal Sanchez).

Nyjer Morgan: During Sept. 2010, Volstad twice threw at Morgan in retaliation for running over Marlins catcher Brett Hayes at home plate the previous day. Hayes suffered a separated shoulder during the collision and missed the remainder of the season. 

Morgan charged the mound during the second altercation with Volstad but failed to land a punch before Marlins 1B Gaby Sanchez clotheslines him to the turf. Volstad was subsequently suspended 6-games for the incident.

-Pitched the Marlins final game ever at Sun Life Stadium, a 3-1 loss against Washington. Volstad lasted six innings allowing 2-runs on 3-hits with 5 SO & 2 walks.

-Finished the 2011 campaign strong holding opponents to three-or-fewer runs over his last seven starts.

-Miami went 0-4 at home with Volstad pitching following the 2011 All Star break.

-Was optioned to Triple on July 23, 2011. Chris made three starts, went (1-1) 4.42 ERA and was recalled on August 12th.

-Chicago traded the uncooperative Carlos Zambrano for Volstad on January 4, 2012.

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  1. With the exception of that last little stretch during the ’11 season, this guy was horrilble. It felt like he allowed base runners in every inning pitched – especially early in games. Good Luck with him!!

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