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Kendal Volz
(Photo: Baylor Athletics Media Relations)

Biographical Data
Player Name:Kendal Volz
Position:Starting Pitcher
School:Baylor University
School Type:College
Academic Class:Junior
Weight:225 lbs.
Report Date:02/27/09

Focus Area
Fastball:Volz threw his fastball from 88-92 mph in this outing. However, he has more in the tank and has been clocked as high as 97 mph in the past.
Fastball movement:There was some good movement, with late life and some deception in his delivery.
Slider:He threw it 79-82 mph and it had a solid, tight rotation.
Changeup:He didn't use it until later in his outing, but he threw it in the 81-84 mph range.
Control:He had very good command and threw a lot of strikes down in the zone.
Poise:He had good presence and was very competitive. He showed much more maturity with his gameplan than in the past.
Physical Description:Volz has a strong, mature build, with broad shoulders and a strong core.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:Not only did he show three good pitches, he threw them for strikes and with a purpose. Showed more maturity with his gameplan and looked more like a starting pitcher than he has previously.
Weaknesses:He went to the slider a little too much, though that probably wasn't his call to make. He hasn't shown the ability to start consistently in the past.
Summary:After dominating as Team USA's closer over the summer, many pegged Volz for a short reliever role as a pro. Not so fast. If his early start is any indication, he might have plenty to make him an outstanding starting candidate, including three solid pitches and a good idea of how to use them. With terrific mound presence, if he can remain consistent with his command and carry his stuff deep into games, he could be a very intriguing college starter pick in June.