Christopher Kenneth Volstad is a professional baseball player from the United States of America who plays as a pitcher. Volstad went to the Palm Beach Gardens High School where his performances got him comparisons with Roy Halladay, the pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays. Volstad graduated from high school in 2005 and immediately out of school, he was drafted by the Florida Marlins at 16th overall, in the 2005 MLB Amateur Draft.
This was mainly due to his 7-2 record in his senior year with a 0.41 ERA in 10 games where he struck out 98 batters in 69.0 innings. Volstad was instrumental in taking the team as far as it did, on its quest for the State Championships, but fell one game short of the big one.
Volstad began his Marlins’ career in the Gulf Coast League where he had a 4-3 record in 13 starts. He spent most of his time shifting between the Gulf Coast Marlins and the Jamestown Jammers (in the NY-Penn League) – both in the Low A-Division. Volstad ended the 2005 season with 55 strike outs in 65 innings pitched while pitching at an ERA of 2.22.
Volstad stared 2006 in the A-Division where he played for the Greensboro Grasshoppers. In 26 starts, he had an 11-8 record with a 3.08 ERA to become the number one prospect in the Marlins’ organization.
It was the Advanced A-Division and the Jupiter Hammerheads for the upcoming pitcher in 2007. Volstad finally hit a blockade of sorts as he struggled with a 4.50 ERA and a 8-9 record in 21 games. He was still sent to the AA-Division to play for the Carolina Mudcats and that move changed his fortunes again. A 3.16 ERA with a 4-2 record meant that Volstad was back in business.
He began the 2008 season with the Mudcats and after a 4-4 record in 15 games at an ERA of 3.36, Volstad was directly called up to the MLB roster in July that year.
Volstad debuted on the same day as his call-up against the Colorado Rockies and went on to earn the win after pitching 2 scoreless innings as a reliever. His first start came about 5 days later, against the Los Angeles Dodgers where he, sensationally, got the win with his tricky curve ball and a superfast faster pitch. In 8 and two-third innings, Volstad gave away just 5 hits with one run while sending 6 back with three strikes. His single against Eric Stults was also the first hit of his career.
Volstad has put in several memorable performances, since then, which included a 6-inning shutout against the Philadelphia Phillies that helped reduce their lead at the top of the National League to just 1.5 games as well as saw him outgun Cole Hamels, one of the best in the League at the time.