Christopher Kenneth Volstad (born September 23, 1986 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida) is a right-handed pitcher for the Florida Marlins. He is 6 foot 8 inches and 225 pounds, and is a 2005 graduate of Palm Beach Gardens High School. Scouts have compared him to Blue Jays pitcher Roy Halladay.
Drafted with the 16th pick in the 2005 MLB Draft, the first of three first round picks for the Marlins that year.
Volstad graduated from Palm Beach Gardens (FL) High School in 2005, going 7-2 with one save and 0.41 ERA in 10 games as a senior, striking out 98 batters and walking just eight in 69.0 innings. He led his team deep into the regional playoffs, coming up one game short of States.
In his first season of professional baseball, Volstad went 4-3 in 13 starts (with 55 K's in 65 IP) between the GCL Marlins and Jamestown Jammers of the NY-Penn League (Low A) with a 2.22 ERA.
Volstad never returned to Jamestown, instead starting out 2006 with the Greensboro Grasshoppers of the South Atlantic League (A ball). He went 11-8 over 26 starts with a 3.08 ERA. He was named the Marlins' #1 prospect in Baseball America's annual rankings.
Starting his 2nd full pro season at yet another level, with the...