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36 Edinson Volquez SP
Height/Weight: 6-0/220 | Birthdate: 7/3/1983 | Birthplace: Barahona, DR | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Kansas City | College: No College | MLB Experience: 11 | Salary: $5,725,000 | Owned/Started%: 87/53 | Average Draft Position: 236.11
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Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez strikes out six in losing effort


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez allowed five runs, one earned, on five hits in 5 2/3 innings of work in Kansas City's 5-3 loss to the White Sox Sunday. 

Everything fell apart for Volquez in the sixth inning when after two men reached with one out, Volquez threw a wild pitch and then a fielding error allowed a run to score. Adam LaRoche then ripped an RBI single to left center to bring home another run before Conor Gillaspie connected for an RBI single to right to bring home two more runs.

"The first five innings he was awesome," manager Ned Yost said of Volquez. "I had [pitching coach] Dave [Eiland] go back and look at the pitches and none of them were horrible pitches. They just found holes, they hit the ball and we had a chance to maybe turn a tough double play -- it wasn't by any means a routine double play -- but that would have got him out of the inning."

Volquez, who also struck out six with two walks, lowered his ERA to 1.91, but moved his record to 2-2 on the year. He will look to get back on track Friday against the Tigers.


Royals-White Sox postponed due to inclement weather Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) The Royals and White Sox game scheduled for Saturday was postponed due to inclement weather in Chicago. Scheduled starters for the game, Edinson Volquez and John Danks, will have their starts pushed back to Sunday, pushing everyone in the rotation back one day.

Volquez has a career 1-1 record against the White Sox with a 4.26 ERA and eight strikeouts in 12 2/3 innings. Danks, meanwhile, has a career 7-1 record against Kansas City with a 2.63 ERA and 71 strikeouts in 109 1/3 innings pitched.


Five ejected from White Sox-Royals Thursday after brawl


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) A comebacker by White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton to Royals starter Yordano Ventura for the final out in the seventh inning ignited a benches-clearing brawl in Thursday's game between the two teams, resulting in five players getting ejected.

Ventura could be seen mouthing an expletive to Eaton, taking apparent umbridge with the comebacker or something that Eaton may have said on his way to first base. After the ruckus was finally settled, the umpires ejected Ventura along with outfielder Lorenzo Cain and pitcher Edinson Volquez. White Sox starter Chris Sale and teammate Jeff Samardzija were also hit with ejections, ending the night of both starting pitchers in one fell swoop.

Ventura, who was ejected for the second time this season and is likely facing a lengthy suspension, finished the night with two earned runs on five hits and one walk in seven innings along with eight strikeouts.

Sale threw 70 of his 99 pitches for strikes but managed to rack up just two strikeouts before being ejected. He also allowed two earned runs on nine hits and one walk in seven innings of work.

Play resumed in the top of the eighth inning with the two teams tied 2-2.


Royals P Edinson Volquez strikes out 5 in win over Twins


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez gave up only one earned run in Monday's 7-1 win over the Twins. 

Volquez went seven innings and struck out five batters. He allowed five hits and walked just one hitter. Volquez threw 98 pitches and faced 27 batters during his time in the game. 

"I think my fastball was better tonight," Volquez said, per MLB.com. "I didn't have my changeup tonight. I didn't have my best stuff. I had good command. I located my pitches better because I knew I didn't have my best stuff."

Volquez's ERA is 1.99 for the season. His record improves to 2-1. 

Volquez is projected to start again on Saturday against the White Sox. 


Royals' Edinson Volquez dwells on one bad pitch to Oswaldo Arcia


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez enjoyed a "fantastic" outing, according to manager Ned Yost, but the right-hander told reporters he regretted one of pitches he made to the Twins on Wednesday, per MLB.com.

"Everything was good all night," Volquez said. "I was throwing a lot of strikes. The whole game I threw well -- just one bad pitch."

Oswaldo Arcia crushed a 2-1 fastball off Volquez for a two-run home run, which proved to be the difference in a 3-1 defeat to Minnesota. Volquez shook off catcher Salvador Perez, which led to Arcia's pivotal home run.

"Salvy called a changeup, I threw a fastball that came back over the middle of the plate," Volquez said. "Salvy wanted a changeup down and away. I was just trying to come in and didn't get it in."


Royals' Edinson Volquez strikes out seven in loss vs. Twins


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez took the loss Wednesday, surrendering three earned runs on five hits and one walk in 7 2/3 innings while striking out seven in his team's 3-1 defeat against the Twins.

Volquez (1-1) gave up a run in the bottom of the first inning, and although his team was able to even the game in the top of the fourth inning, the starter surrendered a two-run home run in the bottom half of the fourth for the final scoring of the day. He owns a 2.30 ERA and 12:2 K:BB ratio in 15 2/3 innings heading into Monday's rematch with the Twins.


Royals P Edinson Volquez sharp in season debut


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2015) Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez pitched eight innings in the team's 4-1 victory over the White Sox. In his season debut, Volquez struck out five batters, giving up one earned run and one walk on four hits allowed. His ERA for the day finished at 1.13.

"He just had everything working," manager Ned Yost said. "He was consistently down in the zone with all his pitches," per MLB.com.

"Right now, I'm able to carry over the good things I did last year to this season. I did a pretty good job for Pittsburgh last year and hopefully I can continue doing it over here, said Volquez"

Volquez will look to build on Thursday's debut in Minnesota against the Twins on Wednesday.


Royals P Edinson Volquez sharp in 11-1 win over Astros


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(4/4/2015) Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez struck out seven in four innings of work in the team's 11-1 victory over the Astros on Friday.

Volquez did not allow a run in his final appearance of the spring. His performance on Friday lowered his ERA to 6.33 this spring. 


Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez strikes out eight in outing Sunday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2015) Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez surrendered an opening-inning home run, but settled down to throw eight strikeouts over five innings Sunday against the Cubs. Manager Ned Yost was happy to finally see why the team signed him this offseason, reports MLB.com.

"I don't see him struggling," Yost said before the game. "The importance I place on Spring Training performance and the importance you place on Spring Training performance are two different things. I'm looking for him to gain arm strength and I'm looking for him to refine his mechanics where he's down [in the strike zone] consistently. To me, he's right on schedule."

Volquez allowed two runs on six hits, making his ERA now 7.79.


Royals name Yordano Ventura Opening Day starter


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) The Royals have named pitcher Yordano Ventura the starter for Opening Day, the Kansas City Star reports.

Ventura gets the call after going 14-10 with a 3.20 ERA and 159:69 K:BB ratio in 183 innings last season in his first full year with the team. He capped the year with an uneven postseason but finished strong, allowing just two earned runs in 12 1/3 innings over two World Series starts. Manager Ned Yost said Wednesday that Ventura's performance in Game 6 of the World Series solidified his confidence in handing the young pitcher the Opening Day assignment.

Yost also said that Ventura will be followed by Danny Duffy, Edinson Volquez, Jason Vargas and Jeremy Guthrie in the rotation.


Royals' Edinson Volquez continues spring struggles


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez was batted around by the Giants in a start on Monday. 

Volquez gave up four runs in four innings, allowing seven hits and four walks. 

For the spring, Volquez has given up 23 hits in 12 and a third innings and has a 9.49 ERA. 

There also seems to be a difference of opinion on Volquez's stuff at this point in the spring. 

"I just threw a lot of bad pitches today," Volquez said, per MLB.com's Chris Haft. "I threw some strikes, got ahead in the count and then couldn't finish the hitters off. My breaking stuff was bad." 

"I thought he threw the ball much better today," manager Ned Yost said. "He had good command of his fastball down in the zone and good command of his breaking ball down in the zone."


Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez struggles in outing Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) Royals starting pitcher Edinson Volquez gave up six runs on eight hits in four innings of work Wednesday. He is hoping to work out all the kinks before the season begins, reports MLB.com.

"I think I felt better this time than I did last time," Volquez said. "I got a couple of pitches up. What happened today hopefully doesn't happen in the regular season. Everything's good."

Manager Ned Yost doesn't believe Volquez will have this problem during the regular season.

"That first inning, he gave up some hits with the [hard] infield," Yost said. "That doesn't happen in the regular season."


Royals confirm deal with RHP Edinson Volquez


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2014) The Royals have made official what CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reported nearly two weeks ago. That is, they have signed veteran right-hander Edinson Volquez.

The two-year deal includes a mutual option for 2017. It reportedly guarantees him $20 million.

The sometimes-erratic Volquez enjoyed his finest season since 2008 last year with Pittsburgh. He finished 13-7 with a 3.04 ERA and just 166 hits in 192 2/3 innings. His control improved dramatically as he walked 71.


Royals, Edinson Volquez agree to two-year contract


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/17/2014) The Royals and free agent pitcher Edinson Volquez have an agreement on a two-year deal, worth $20 million in the first two years, pending a physical, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. 

Volquez, who pitched for the Pirates in 2014, went 13-7 with a 3.04 ERA and 140 strikeouts. 


Pirates working to re-sign starting pitcher Edinson Volquez


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2014) The Pirates are working to re-sign starting pitcher Edinson Volquez, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Volquez went 13-7 with a 3.04 ERA in 32 outings (31 starts) for Pittsburgh in 2014.

Report: Pirates make an offer to SP Edinson Volquez


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) The Pirates have made an offer to free agent pitcher Edinson Volquez, according to a report from Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. According to his source, talks between both sides are considered slow during the "quiet period" leading up to baseball's winter meetings.

In 2014, Volquez went 13-7 with a 3.04 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP over 192 2/3 innings of work.


Royals focusing on Santana, Liriano and Hunter in free agency


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/19/2014) The Royals appear to be focusing their free-agent efforts on starting pitchers Ervin Santana and Francisco Liriano, as well as veteran outfielder Torii Hunter, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The Royals could also consider free agent pitchers Brandon McCarthy, Edinson Volquez and Jason Hammel.


Edinson Volquez surrenders five runs in wild-card loss


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2014) Pirates pitcher Edinson Volquez took a loss in Wednesday's wild-card game, giving up five earned runs on five hits and three walks in five-plus innings while striking out three in his team's 8-0 defeat against the Giants.

Volquez (0-1) did a fine job through three innings but ran into trouble quickly in the fourth, giving up back-to-back singles before a walk loaded the bases for Brandon Crawford, who smashed a grand slam over the right field wall to put the Giants ahead for good. Volquez was pulled after issuing a walk to start the sixth inning, with the runner coming around to score after the starter had departed. It's a disappointing performance after Volquez posted a 1.08 ERA in five September starts. He hadn't taken a loss since July 21.


Edinson Volquez to start for Pirates in NL Wild Card game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2014) The Pirates announced Edinson Volquez has been tabbed as the starting pitcher for Wednesday's NL Wild Card game against the Giants. Volquez will be opposed by Giants left-handed hurler Madison Bumgarner.

Volquez led the Pirates' pitching staff this season in wins (13), innings pitched (192 2/3) and ERA (3.04). He finished the regular season with 18 straight scoreless innings and had a 1.08 ERA in September. He was 9-1 with a 1.85 ERA in his last 17 starts.


Edinson Volquez sets season high with 10 Ks Thursday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) Pirates pitcher Edinson Volquez set a season high with 10 strikeouts and gave up only four hits in another scoreless outing, his final appearance of the regular season Thursday night against Atlanta. He issued only one walk over seven innings of a 10-1 victory. Of his 95 pitches, 66 were strikes.

Volquez has a scoreless streak of 14 innings. He ends his regular season campaign 13-7 with a 3.04 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP over 192 2/3 innings. His next start will likely come in the postseason.


Edinson Volquez picks up no decision after strong start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Pirates pitcher Edinson Volquez turned in a scoreless start Saturday against the Brewers.

Volquez allowed three hits over seven scoreless frames. He struck out six and issued three walks during the appearance. Though he was mostly unhittable during the outing, Volquez never seriously flirted with a no-hitter. He gave up a double in the first inning, but was able to get out of the frame without giving up any runs. Volquez put two runners on base during the third inning, but was otherwise able to prevent multiple base runners during the start.

Volquez left with the game tied, picking up a no-decision. He’ll take on the Braves in his next start. 


Edinson Volquez keeps rolling


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(9/14/2014) Pirates pitcher Edinson Volquez improved to 4-0 in his last 10 starts with Sunday's 7-3 win over the Cubs. Volquez (12-7) allowed three runs (one earned) and four hits over seven innings, striking out five and walking five.

Now sporting a 3.27 ERA, Volquez will face the Brewers at home Saturday.


Edinson Volquez strikes out five in quality start Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2014) Pirates pitcher Edinson Volquez didn't factor into the decision Tuesday, giving up three earned runs on six hits and two walks in six innings while striking out five in his team's 4-3 loss to the Phillies.

Volquez surrendered RBI singles in the first and second innings, but his team was able to come back in the next half-inning after each and erase the deficit. The Pittsburgh starter then allowed the game to be tied anew on a fifth-inning solo home run. Volquez owns a 3.36 ERA and 119:62 K:BB ratio in 171 2/3 innings after posting his third straight quality start. He's scheduled to face the Cubs Sunday.


Edinson Volquez shuts down Cardinals through six


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) Resurgent Pirates right-hander Edinson Volquez continued to perform well Wednesday in St. Louis. He would have won his fourth straight decision had his team scored for him.

Volquez yielded just three hits in 6 1/3 scoreless innings. He walked two, fanned five and took a no-hitter into the fifth inning. He was removed after allowing a leadoff walk and sacrifice in the seventh.

In compiling five quality starts in his last six outings, Volquez has surrendered just six earned runs in 39 innings pitched to lower his ERA from 3.91 to 3.31. He will attempt to lower it further Tuesday in Philadelphia.


Edinson Volquez fantastic during no decision


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) Pirates pitcher Edinson Volquez tossed a fantastic start Friday against the Reds.

Volquez gave up one run on three hits over 7 2/3 innings. He struck out six and walked three during the outing. Volquez was exceptional to open the game. He didn’t give up a hit until the seventh inning. Volquez gave up another hit against the next batter, but managed to work his way out of the inning. He wasn’t as fortunate in the eighth inning. Volquez put two men on during the inning, and was pulled from the game. Tony Watson gave up a run-scoring single after Volquez left. The run was charged to Volquez.

Volquez left with the game tied, picking up the no-decision. He’ll take on the Cardinals in his next start.