Marlins right-hander Chris Volstad opened the 2010 season firmly entrenched in the club’s starting rotation. But a rough April and a brutal July saw to his demotion to Triple-A New Orleans before the month of August.
He doesn’t look like the same pitcher now.
Volstad fired 6 2/3 shutout innings on Saturday against the Brewers and tossed a complete-game shutout last week against the Cardinals. He’s up to 15 2/3 straight scoreless innings and, according to the Palm Beach Post, is now 7-1 with a 4.44 ERA since his return to the big leagues in late August.
“Something clicked in him,’ manager Edwin Rodriguez. “It could be
his release point. It could be confidence in his pitches, because pretty
much he has the same stuff that he had earlier in the year. Something is
working for him now and he feels very confident and attacking hitters.”
The 6-foot-8 righty was selected in the first round of the 2005 draft. He is slowly living up to the hype.