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CBB Top 50 Countdown: Number 7 Kendal Volz (Baylor)

The CBB continues our countdown to the 2009 College Baseball season with the Top 50 players to watch in the season. We will be providing one player each day (Monday-Saturday) until we reach number 1. We continue our list today with junior right handed pitcher Kendal Volz from Baylor.

Kendal went to Baylor out of Smithson Valley High School where he led them to the State Tourney in three seasons including the state semifinals in 2005. He had a career record of 36-7 over his three seasons on the team. He was named the seventh best prospect by the Texas Baseball News Top 25. Baseball America Prospect Plus named Kendal the 85th best prospect in the nation.

Kendal’s freshman season in 2008 with the Baylor Bears saw him start the season as a middle reliever and midweek starter before breaking into the weekend rotation in March. He ended up finishing the season with 18 appearances with 14 starts while having a 6-2 record and an ERA of 5.16 while striking out 65 batters for a strikeout per nine innings ratio of 8.60. He ended up spending the summer with the Wareham Gatemen where he had a 1-7  record with an ERA of 4.83 in eight games. He was named the 51st best prospect in the Cape Cod League after the summer of 2007.

In the 2008 season, Volz made 12 appearances (all starts) where he had a record of 3-6 with a 4.20 ERA in 70.2 innings of work. He ended up striking out 85 batters on the year while walking 28. He spent the summer of 2008 with the USA Collegiate National Team where he was a member of the squad which went 24-0. He didn’t record a decision in 13 appearances but served the team as the closer picking up eight saves. He only let up an unearned run in his 14 innings of work while only surrendering six hits all summer. Baseball America named him their third best prospect from the USA National Team.

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  • waltgreenberg

    Brian, just one more example of the same. No question Volz is a big time talent with great pro ball potential and signficant upside. However, just as has been the case with 75% of the Baylor Bears’ vaunted and #1 ranked 2006/07 recruiting class, they have yet to live up to their potential on the field in D-I play…and until they do I just don’t understand how you can someone in a Top 10 list in all of college baseball. A top 10 prospect? Perhaps….but certainly not a Top 10 – 25 player; at least not yet.

  • Volz is DEFINITELY in my top 10. I love this kid.
    And I think he is really going to put some things together this year and be very dominate on the mound.
    Baylor comes to Lawrence this year so I will get to scout him from the front row.

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