Monday, October 21, 2013

Random Topps Pro Debut Card of the Week: 2011 Topps Pro Debut #260 Kendal Volz

It's Minor League Monday!!! Thanks to the Topps Card Randomizer, introducing the Random Topps Pro Debut Card of the Week:

  • Official Card Set Name and Card Number: 2011 Topps Pro Debut #260.
  • Player Name, position, team: Kendal Volz, pitcher, Greenville Drive.
  • Level-League, Team Affiliation: A-South Atlantic League, Boston Red Sox.
  • Minor League Stats (stats with team depicted only): 26 G, 116.1 IP, 6-5, 53 R, 48 ER, 94 SO, 14 BB, 24 GS, 0 CG, 0 SHO, 0 SV, 1.212 WHIP, 3.71 ERA.
  • Any special information about player: Drafted by the Red Sox #9th, June 2009. Bats: right. Throws: left.
  • Major League Debut: n/a.
  • Baseball America Organizational Ranking After Season with Team: n/a.
  • Blurb on the back: "A former star at Baylor and veteran of the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, Volz signed too late in 2009 to start his pro career. The 22-year-old right hander opened '10 at Single-A Greenville, where he compiled a 6.71 strikeout-to-walk ratio."
  • Official Topps Rookie Card: n/a.
  • Commentary: Originally drafted by the Diamondbacks in the 50th round during the 2006 draft, William Kendal Volz opted to go to college instead, attending Baylor University. He spent the first four months of the season with the Red Sox' minor league team in Salem, as a reliever (he was a starter the previous season). In 31 games, Volz went 2-3 with 2 saves, an ERA of 3.33, 56 strikeouts, and a WHIP of 1.052. He was traded at the deadline to Kansas City as one of the prospects the Royals wanted for infielder Mike Aviles, and after 6 games with the Wilmington Blue Rocks, was promoted to the Royals AA team, the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. He returned to the Naturals in 2012, pitching in 16 games, finishing 11 of them, a record of 3-1, and 16 strikeouts when a muscle tear ended his season. In a surprising move, Volz opted to retire from baseball on July 20, 2012.
Next week's featured card will be: 2011 Topps Pro Debut #311. Post will arrive at 9:00 AM CST. Hope you enjoyed this week's installment of Minor League Monday.


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