Throughout the 2016-17 offseason, Fish Stripes will be going back over the Top 100 Marlins of all time, from their inception as the Florida Marlins in 1993 through today's incarnation as the Miami Marlins. I used the WAR metric to order all potential members of the list. Today’s Marlin, Chris Volstad, earned a mark of 4.4 while with the club.
Volstad, a 6’8”, 235 lb. right-handed pitcher, was selected by Florida in the first round of the 2005 draft with the 16th overall pick. He was born in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida on September 23rd, 1986.
He made his major league debut with the Marlins in 2008, posting a 2.88 ERA and a 1.328 WHIP to go along with a 6-4 record over 14 starts and a relief appearance. He struck out 52 in 84.1 innings, allowing just 8.1 hits per nine innings - a mark which would have led the team if he had reached the minimum innings pitched.
On July 11th of that season, Volstad earned his second career win, allowing one run on five hits over 8.2 innings, and striking out six Dodgers in a 3-1 decision over Los Angeles. On September 16th, he gave up just four hits while striking out as many batters in eight innings of a 5-1 win over the Houston Astros.
in 2009, Volstad posted a 9-13 record and a 5.21 ERA as Florida’s number three starter, with a 1.434 WHIP and 107 strikeouts in 159 innings. He started 29 times, also ranking third on the team. His best game of the season, without a doubt was on July 8th, when he limited the San Francisco Giants to five hits and no walks over nine shutout innings, striking out six in a 7-0 Marlins victory.
In 2010, Volstad rebounded from his substandard metrics to go went 12-9 with a 4.58 ERA as the number three rotation starter. He earned a 1.411 WHIP and struck out 102 batters in 175.0 innings.
In September of 2010, Volstad was involved in a bench clearing brawl against the Washington Nationals. According to wikipedia.org,
In the day's previous game, the Nationals' Nyjer Morgan intentionally ran into Marlins' catcher Brett Hayes on a play at home plate where Morgan was called out. Hayes separated his shoulder and it was determined later that night that he would miss the remainder of the season. In Morgan's first at-bat the following day, Volstad hit him with a pitch. Morgan proceeded to steal two bases when the Marlins had an almost double digit lead, breaking an unwritten rule of ethics in the game. Offended by Morgan once again, Volstad threw another pitch at Morgan in his next at-bat, with it going behind Morgan's back. Morgan quickly charged the mound, despite the fact that Volstad stood nearly a foot taller than him. Morgan's punch at Volstad missed, and Morgan was promptly clotheslined by Marlins' first baseman Gaby Sanchez, resulting in the bench clearing brawl. Volstad was suspended for 6 games because of the incident.
2011 was another substandard season for Volstad, as he finished with a 5-13 record, posting a 4.89 ERA and striking out 117 batters in 165.2 innings pitched.
The 6'8" right-hander earned a composite 32-39 record with a 4.59 ERA. In 103 games played for the Marlins, Volstad walked 204 and struck out 378. Just after New Years’ Day in 2012, the Marlins traded him to the Chicago Cubs for Carlos Zambrano and cash.
Volstad went just 3-12 for the Cubs in 2012, with a 6.31 ERA and a 1.617 WHIP over 21 starts. He struck out 61 in 111.1 innings pitched. After getting waived, he appeared for the Colorado Rockies six times in 2013, allowing a 2.400 WHIP over 8.1 innings. Later, he pitched two innings with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2015 in his last major league appearance to date. Last season, he went 8-11 with a 4.79 ERA in 27 starts for the Charlotte Knights in the triple-A level International League, a Chicago White Sox affiliate. He recently resigned with the Sox for the 2017 campaign.