Edinson Volquez Throwing Plus Change, Curveball For Strikes (Video)

Edinson Volquez threw a bullpen today, which was his second bullpen of Spring Training. Today was the first time since camp began that Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle had a chance to watch Volquez throw a bullpen. He had seem him throw before, including about a month ago in mini-camp.

“I thought it was clean and efficient,” Hurdle said of today’s session.

Russell Martin caught Volquez, and said that he could tell Volquez had a plus changeup. He also noted that Volquez was throwing the breaking ball for strikes.

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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  • glassers

    It did look like he was throwing more strikes this session that the other one you posted . Just curious if his velocity looked good to you ?

    • http://www.piratesprospects.com/author/admin Tim Williams

      The other one I posted was only four pitches. No clue on any velocity for any pitcher at this point. There are no radar guns. Also, it’s early in camp, so most guys aren’t trying to throw full speed to being with. Thus, probably why there are no radar guns out.

  • piraddict

    These video shots are terrific Tim, thanks!

    Comparing early video of Taillon and Volquez it looks like Taillon is doing a better job at keeping the ball down, while Volquez’s spinners have more break.

  • IC Bob

    The only thing I got out of the vidio is Volquez cut that ridiculus Afro he has had in recent years.

    • emjayinTN

      Wow, my thoughts exactly. I was going to ask Tim if it is gone, or up under his hat? Looks like mid-80’s on the FB, at least 10-12 mph less on the straight change. The curve looks good also, but many were up in the zone, which could just be a courtesy to the Catcher at this point. Love to see him spotting that thing about 6″ off the ground.

  • Pie Rat

    I’m surprised that if the Pirates are taking a chance on Volquez that they didn’t get an option year out it.
    Based on PNC dynamics, Pirates strong deffense, and Martins pitch framing Volquez should have better numbers. Martin alone will make him look like he has better control.

  • https://profiles.google.com/107471995502632447673 Frank Restly

    I realize this is just spring training, but there is a sizable hump on Volquez’s curve ball. The hump makes the pitch easy to distinguish from a fastball / change up.

    Humpless curve ball:

    • piraddict

      Thanks for sharing this video Frank! Kershaw’ over the top delivery and 12/6 break add to the deception. No wonder he is the best.