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Edinson Volquez | Starting Pitcher

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (31) / 7/3/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Edinson Volquez allowed five runs (one earned), all in the sixth inning, in Sunday's loss to the White Sox.
Outside of a rough sixth inning, Volquez pitched well, striking out six and walking just two while holding the White Sox to five hits. Only one run in that sixth frame was earned, as it was Mike Moustakas' run-scoring fielding error with runners on first and third which opened the floodgates. Volquez proceeded to serve up three singles to bring in an additional three runs. The fifth run would score on a single after the right-hander was lifted from the game. Because just one of the runs was earned, Volquez's ERA actually dropped in the contest. He has been absolutely superb the first month of the season, boasting a 0.85 WHIP and a 1.91 ERA over 27 1/3 innings. He'll be pushed back a day in the rotation as he serves a five-game suspension for his part in a Thursday melee with the White Sox, which puts him in line to start against the Tigers on an upcoming homestand. Apr 26 - 6:08 PM

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Edinson Volquez was suspended five games for his role in Thursday's altercation with the White Sox.

Volquez attempted to land a punch on an unsuspecting White Sox player during the fracas. He'll have his next start pushed back a day, otherwise the suspension won't affect his fantasy value.
Apr 25 - 12:32 PM

Edinson Volquez was superb again on Monday, holding the Twins to one run over seven innings en route to a win.

The Twins' only run scored in the second inning on a throwing error by Eric Hosmer. Volquez allowed five hits and a walk while striking out five, giving him three excellent starts to begin the regular season following a miserable spring. He's 2-1 with a 1.99 ERA, a 0.75 WHIP, and a 17/3 K/BB ratio in 22 2/3 innings. Volquez will look to keep it going over the weekend on the road against the White Sox.
Apr 20 - 11:11 PM

Edinson Volquez gave up three runs in 7 2/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Twins.

Volquez was very good once again, striking out seven and walking just one. Kyle Gibson pitched a little better, but the Royals still have to be thrilled with how Volquez has pitched on the heels of a lousy spring.
Apr 15 - 11:27 PM

Edinson Volquez spun eight innings of one-run ball in a 4-1 win over the White Sox on Thursday.

Volquez was very impressive in his Royals debut, giving up just four hits and one walk while hitting one batter. The lone run scored on an RBI single from Alexei Ramirez in the seventh. He struck out five in the win. The 31-year-old earned a two-year, $20 million contract with Kansas City after posting a 3.04 ERA last season, but it's still hard to trust him every time out in mixed fantasy leagues. More outings like this one could convince us otherwise.
Apr 9 - 5:48 PM

Edinson Volquez was brilliant in his final Cactus League start on Friday, racking up seven strikeouts over four shutout innings against the Astros.

Volquez surrendered just five hits on the night and didn't issue a free pass. Even with the terrific outing, he finishes Cactus League play with a 6.33 ERA over 21 1/3 innings, though his 21/7 K/BB ratio is encouraging. While he has shown flashes like this in the past, he's far too inconsistent to trust regularly in mixed leagues.
Apr 3 - 11:26 PM

Edinson Volquez fanned eight while allowing two runs in five innings in his start on Sunday against the Cubs.

Volquez finally had a positive outing, entering the afternoon having allowed 13 earned runs in 12 1/3 innings. He limited the Cubs to six hits and a walk along with the eight strikeouts. The right-hander should get one more spring tune-up before the regular season begins.
Mar 29 - 7:14 PM

Edinson Volquez's fortunes did not improve in Monday's start versus the Giants, as he surrendered four runs over four innings.

All four runs came in the second inning. Overall, he allowed seven hits, walked four, and struck out two. Volquez actually slightly lowered his ERA with the outing, from 9.72 to 9.49, which speaks to just how poorly he has pitched this season. He has allowed 23 hits and six walks along with six strikeouts in 12 1/3 innings. Spring stats should always be taken with a grain of salt, but the Royals have to be concerned that he hasn't pitched well in any of his four outings so far.
Mar 23 - 7:02 PM

Edinson Volquez was hammered in Wednesday's start, serving up six runs in four innings as the Royals lost to the Brewers 8-4.

Volquez yielded the six runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out two. Volquez has struggled in all three Cactus League starts so far, allowing 11 runs (nine earned) on 16 hits and two walks while striking out four in 8 1/3 innings. The right-hander revived his career with a 3.04 ERA over 192 2/3 innings last season with the Pirates. The Royals, who signed Volquez to a two-year deal during the winter, have yet to see that pitcher this spring.
Mar 18 - 7:52 PM

Edinson Volquez continued to struggle in his second Cactus League start on Friday, surrendering two runs on five hits over 2 1/3 innings against the Athletics.

The veteran right-hander boasts an unsightly 10.38 ERA through 4 1/3 innings with his new club. He's in no danger of losing his spot in the Royals rotation, though there's a very real chance that his strong 2014 season was an aberration and he reverts to form in 2015.
Mar 13 - 10:08 PM

Royals signed RHP Edinson Volquez to a two-year, $20 million contract with a mutual option for 2017.

The deal was agreed to nearly two weeks ago and finalized Monday after Volquez passed his pre-signing physical. Volquez had a huge bounceback season in 2014 with the Pirates, posting a 3.04 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 140/71 K/BB ratio across 192 2/3 innings. He was one of the worst starters in baseball in 2013.
Mon, Dec 29, 2014 03:58:00 PM

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Royals have struck a two-year, $20 million contract with free agent starter Edinson Volquez.

Volquez drew quite a bit of interest on the open market this winter after posting an impressive 3.04 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 140/71 K/BB ratio across 192 2/3 innings this past season for the Pirates. But he was one of the worst starting pitchers in baseball in 2013, so the Royals are taking a risk here that the sudden turnaround was legitimate.
Wed, Dec 17, 2014 05:40:00 PM

Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Edinson Volquez is seeking a two-year, $20 million contract.

It's a reasonable asking price after Volquez put up a 3.04 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 140/71 K/BB ratio over 192 2/3 innings in a big bounce-back season with the Pirates. The market has been relatively quiet on the right-hander to this point, but the Twins are one team known to have interest.
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 10:17:00 PM

Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that the Pirates are not expected to sign another starter once Francisco Liriano's deal is finalized.

In other words, expect Edinson Volquez to move on. The Pirates had interest in retaining Volquez and even made him an offer, but it appears they don't plan to spend any more on their rotation after re-upping with Liriano. Volquez is receiving interest from the Twins after a big bounce-back season that saw him post a 3.04 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 140/71 K/BB ratio over 192 2/3 innings.
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 07:36:00 PM

According to LaVelle Neal of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Twins have looked into free agent right-hander Edinson Volquez.

Volquez, like many other troubled starters, had a resurgence in Pittsburgh in 2014, posting a 3.04 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 140/71 K/BB ratio over 192 2/3 innings. Still only 31-years-ols, he's likely to be seeking a lucrative multi-year offer this winter.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 08:04:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Erik Kratz
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Omar Infante
2Christian Colon
SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Mike Moustakas
LF1Alex Gordon
CF1Lorenzo Cain
RF1Alex Rios
2Paulo Orlando
3Jarrod Dyson
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Yordano Ventura
2Jason Vargas
3Jeremy Guthrie
4Edinson Volquez
5Danny Duffy
6Kris Medlen
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Greg Holland
2Wade Davis
3Kelvin Herrera
4Jason Frasor
5Luke Hochevar
6Franklin Morales
7Chris Young
8Ryan Madson
9Yohan Pino
10Brandon Finnegan
11Tim Collins
12Aaron Brooks