CyggyMarlin Posted April 11, 2008 Share Posted April 11, 2008 04/10/2008 4:30 PM ET Volstad, Maybin making strides Prospects bidding hard for call up to Marlins this season By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com WASHINGTON -- Another start, another strong impression by prospect Chris Volstad. A first-round pick in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, Volstad is making strides and putting himself in position for a fast promotion to the big leagues. On Wednesday night, the 6-foot-7 right-hander gave up one run on five hits in six innings. Volstad improved to 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA in two starts for Double-A Carolina. With such a young rotation, the Marlins are constantly monitoring the developments of their pitchers. The initial starting pitching unit to open the season suffered a setback last Sunday when 22-year-old Rick VandenHurk was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque after a second straight rough outing. The Marlins promoted Burke Badenhop from Double-A to replace VandenHurk. If necessary, the team won't wait in bringing up Volstad. Marlins president of baseball operations Admin Beinfest says the club will provide opportunities for the Minor League pitchers who are showing they can perform at the Double-A level or higher. That bodes well for Volstad, who has gone six innings in each of his first two starts. A year ago, the Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., native opened at Class A Jupiter, but he finished up 4-2 with a 3.16 ERA in seven starts for Carolina. By gaining some Double-A experience in '07, Volstad is ahead of some other top pitching prospects, like Aaron Thompson, Brett Sinkbeil and Ryan Tucker. "In Volstad's case, he was there the last month or so from last year," Beinfest said. "So he's had experience, and he had a great Spring Training. He's probably a little bit ahead of [some of the other prospects]. "But there is no question that we have young guys that we won't hesitate to go to." In the case of VandenHurk, Beinfest said a change needed to be made to get him more refined. Double-A outfielder Cameron Maybin is also gaining confidence. The 21-year-old is considered the team's center fielder of the future. After struggling with a mild hamstring strain issue and a rough Spring Training, Maybin is off to a fast start with the Carolina Mudcats. He's batting .474 (9-for-19) with two homers. He's also drawn seven walks while striking out six times. "It's great. It's good for his confidence," Beinfest said. "Spring Training was a little rough for him. Not being on field the whole time, and then he struggled a little bit at the end. It's good for him to get off to a good start. He just needs to work on getting the experience and getting ready." Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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