The young fireballer walks too many and needs a better breaking ball because only relying on a fastball/changeup combo will not work longterm as a starter. However, he's only allowed one home run thus far this season and boasts a ridiculous ERA [1.06] and k/9 rate [11.06].
So, wouldn't you imagine Dusty and the Reds would be a tad bit cautious in how many pitches per inning or game they allow this promising young pitcher to throw?
Apparently the answer to that is a resounding no.
During his last start on Wednesday, Volquez was allowed to throw 120 pitches... in a game Cincinnati was leading 9-0. Apparently Dusty has no desire to quiet the endless queue of Cubs and Giants fans who blame him for Prior, Nen and Wood.
A decade from now, we may reminisce about Volquez's promise with the same chagrin we now have over footage like this: