Chris Volstad, RHP
2017 Season: 6 Appearances, 1-2, 4.66 ERA
Chris Volstad was a September call up. Another guy that was once a top prospect, the White Sox selected his contract from Triple-A Charlotte simply because they needed some arms. He gave Rick Renteria a veteran arm that he could rely on. And he was able to make a couple starts down the stretch, including their final game of 2017.
He came up through the Marlins system and only had one winning season in his eight-year career. He’s one of those signings you make and figure he won’t ever pitch for your team in the majors, unless injuries mount. And the White Sox had a lot of injury issues, especially with the pitching staff.
It’s really hard to judge how effective he was because we have a small sample size. But since 2013, he’s only appeared in 13 major-league games. White Sox fans may remember him pitching for the Cubs in 2012. And he didn’t do well at all that season. He’ll become a free agent. It’s curious the organization didn’t decide to give a younger guy a shot, instead of the veteran but perhaps no one was deemed ready for the majors.