After being the sixteenth overall pick in the 2005 amateur draft, Chris Volstad debuted for the Miami Marlins (then the Florida Marlins) in 2008. He has been through one trade to the Chicago Cubs and has seen little success in his quest to be a top level starter at the major league level. Brought in as a non-roster invitee to the Colorado Rockies spring training camp, Volstad might finally have found the place where he can be most successful.
The Rockies have not informed Volstad that he is their fifth starter or any starter. They have informed him that he is officially in the fight to win a bullpen spot for the team. A lot of pitchers that have struggled as a starter, have some bullpen experience; but not Volstad. He came into one game as a reliever for his debut and has started ever since. This spring the Rockies have liked what they have seen. Who wouldn’t? He has a 1.29 ERA thus far against mostly major league talent.
Does Volstad want to pitch in the pen? He says that he doesn’t care where he pitches, as long as he can make the team and help the team. That keeps coming from the Rockies team. Apparently something is being done right over there that makes players want to play there. Consider that a big plus. For Volstad, he might have finally found the right nitch for his talent. Wouldn’t it be awesome if he struggled as a starter for years only to become a dominant reliever? He certainly wouldn’t be the first.