EDINSON VOLQUEZ, RHP
Proper Name: Edinson Volquez
Born: July 3, 1983 in La Segunua, D.R.
Ht.: 6-0 Wt.: 200
Bats: R Throws: R
Dominican Republic, 2001 • Signed by: Rodolfo Rosario
Back To Basics
By Evan Grant
April 6, 2007
SURPRISE, Ariz.--The Rangers have reached this difficult juncture with righthander Edinson Volquez. In order to get him going forward again, the team is faced with having to send him backward. A long way backward.
General manager Jon Daniels said the club told Volquez--who came to spring as a contender for a rotation spot--that he will begin the season at high Class A Bakersfield.
The idea is for Volquez, 23, to stop pressing to win a spot in the major league rotation and fix command issues that became a major problem for him last year. In a season split between Triple-A Oklahoma and the majors, Volquez walked 89 batters in 154 innings. Volquez was 1-6, 7.29 in the majors last season, and has been even worse for his career: 1-10, 9.20.
Among pitchers with at least 10 major league starts, Volquez' ERA ranks second-worst of all time. The Rangers will now send him back to where he first had success and take the developmental process a little more slowly this time.
His rocket-fast trip to the majors began in the California League 2004. In 19 California League starts in 2004 and 2005, Volquez went 9-5, 2.88, compiling 111 strikeouts and just 26 walks in 106 innings.
"We're putting him in the best position to succeed," Daniels said. "He's still got youth on his side. He's a good kid and a good talent and we're going to take him back to where he dominated the league. He's been more than receptive about this; he's enthusiastic about it. He wants to do what he needs to do to get back to the majors."BA chat December 11, 2006
Q: Josh from Ft. Worth asks:
How close are Hurley and Danks to eachother, and how much seperation do they have from Volquez? "
1. Aaron Fitt: Hurley and Danks are very, very close. I flip-flopped on them ad nauseum, in fact, before finally settling on Danks because he's a polished lefthander with three quality pitches who held his own as one of the youngest players in the PCL. For me, Danks' ability to make adjustments at every level is what really sets him apart from most prospects. I love Hurley's power stuff, and I still think he might have a higher ceiling than Danks, but Danks is a pretty safe bet, in my mind.
Aaron Fitt: Those two guys were head and shoulders above Volquez, for me. Serious questions have emerged about Volquez' ability to command his fastball and make adjustments. His stuff is still electric, but I he doesn't have the feel for pitching that Danks and Hurley have, and that is an awfully important distinction.2007 Season Stats2007 Baseball America rated #3 Prospect for the Rangers (was rated #1 in 2006)
Background: Volquez ranked as the Rangers' top prospect a year ago on the strength of a fastball and changeup that each rated as the best in the system. But questions emerged about his ability to make adjustments after his disastrous big league stint in 2006. His career 9.20 ERA is the highest in baseball's modern era for a pitcher with at least 10 career starts.
Strengths: Volquez still has the electric stuff that fueled sky-high expectations a year ago, with a plus fastball that sits in the mid-90s and an above-average changeup in the mid-70s. He always has been lauded for his makeup and work ethic, and he showed he can be effective at higher levels by holding his own in the hitter-friendly Triple-A Pacific Coast League prior to his big league callup.
Weaknesses: His curveball is erratic at best, as Volquez struggles to stay on top of it and can't throw it for strikes. He needs to do a better job of getting ahead in the count and commanding his fastball. The Rangers want him to stay on the rubber longer to give his arm a chance to catch up, allowing him to get more downhill plane on his pitches.
The Future: If he can refine his curve and command, Volquez can earn a rotation spot in the spring and eventually emerge as a frontline starter. If he can't, he soon could find himself in the bullpen.
Code:Team League W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO GO/AO AVG BAK CAL 0 4 7.13 7 7 0 0 0 35.1 27 28 28 4 20 38 0.97 .211 FRI TEX 8 1 3.55 11 11 0 0 0 58.1 46 23 23 9 19 62 1.11 .212 OKL PCL 6 1 1.41 8 8 0 0 0 51.0 25 8 8 0 21 66 0.98 .146 Minors 14 6 3.67 26 26 0 0 0 144.2 98 59 59 13 60 166 1.03 .190 MLB 2 1 4.50 6 6 0 0 0 34.0 34 18 17 4 15 29 0.83 .262