Edinson Volquez In 2013: Quintessential Ace Or Inconsistent Starter?
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Thursday March 21, 2013
By Kyle Holland (MLB Reports Writer): Follow @TheKHolland13
When the Texas Rangers signed Edinson Volquez as an amateur Free Agent in 2001 they had high hopes for the 17-year-old out of the Dominican Republic. They signed him along with John Danks and Thomas Diamond. The three pitching prospects for the Rangers were dubbed “DVD.”
After spending a few years in the Rangers’ organization, he made his debut on the big league squad on August 30, 2005 – and spent the duration of the season with them. He ended up starting 3 games and appeared in 6. His final stat line at 22-years-old read an 0-4 record – with a 14.21 ERA.
Volquez spent the next two years bouncing in and out of the Minors. When he received the call-up in 2006, he did fairly better dropping his ERA to 7.29. His 1-6 record in 8 starts wasn’t very impressive – but I’m not one to judge a pitcher on his record. As far as I’m concerned, the ERA dropping by almost 7 points was a huge step in the right direction.
Volquez discussing his new team prior to the 2012 MLB season:
The next two years were both shortened by the fact he underwent Tommy John Surgery and getting caught for using Performance Enhancing Drugs. He did not pitch after June 1 in 2009 in preparation for his surgery, ending his season in the process. He was suspended for 50 games on April 20, 2010 due to using PEDs and made his return on July 17 against the Colorado Rockies in a 8-1 winning effort. He got sent straight down to Class-A after several disappointing starts and finished 2010 4 – 3 – with a 4.31 ERA.
His last season with the Reds wasn’t impressive as he finished 5 – 7, with a 5.71 ERA through 20 starts.
Now at 29-years-old, the Dominican Republic native has one year remaining on his contract, gathering $5,073,000 in 2013. He is going to have to prove himself this summer if he wants a chance at a good contract.
In Spring Training so far he has only started 2 games. In these 2 contests, he is 1-0 – nwith a 13.50 ERA in 4.0 Innings Pitched. Although this may seem low, he has a pretty good excuse. He was pitching for the champion Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic.
This year’s WBC was the second for Edinson Volquez. He also pitched for the Dominican in 2009 – going 0-1 allowing 3 unearned runs against the Netherlands in the first of two upsets.
This year he fared better. He started 3 games for the champions, going 1-0 with a 4.35 ERA through 10.1 Innings Pitched. He got his revenge against the Netherlands in the Semi-Finals game against them. After starting off rough allowing a run in the first, he ended up pitching 5 great Innings.
After the first run he settled down and didn’t allow another through his outing, His great start for the Dominican eventually led to the Netherlands’ defeat.
This upcoming campaign the Padres’ organization is going to want Volquez to bring his best stuff. They don’t have a star-studded rotation like NL West counterparts Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants. Their lineup, although not bad, isn’t that hot either.
There is not a very good chance that the Padres will be playing in October – so Volquez can take this year to prove himself. In a division with the Dodgers, Giants, and even the sleeper Arizona Diamondbacks, their chances of making Post Season play are slim-to-none.
Volquez is still young at 29 – and wants a hefty contract when he signs the dotted line next offseason. He can make this happen for himself if he pitches like he has in the past this year, he just has to show his stuff. Is this going to happen?
That’s is iffy. 2013 is going to be a do-or-die year for Volquez. Is he going to be in Cy Young talks? Probably, actually definitely not. He has the ability to make himself an average pitcher, just utilizing that ability is going to be his problem from here on.
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