Who Is New Cub Chris Volstad?

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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One response to “Who Is New Cub Chris Volstad?

  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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