He isn't that tough to hit, but it's difficult to get good loft on his pitches and he seldom gives up the longball. Volbrecht also has a decent changeup. The Retired or Inactive Players hope he can work on his control a little bit. Every once and a while one slips away from him and either ends up at the backstop or in the right field bleachers. He attacks lefties and righties with similar success.
Defense & Hitting
He tends to fall off slightly to the first-base side of the mound, making him vulnerable to bunts toward third base. He makes up for that minor flaw by being aggressive in fielding his position. Volbrecht doesn't make much of an attempt to combat the running game. Basestealers ran at will last year. Volbrecht is a surpisingly good hitting pitcher. And I'm not sure you can say this about a pitcher, but Volbrecht has some pop in his swing. Interesting sidenote, The Retired or Inactive Players have been known to use Volbrecht as a pinch-runner on occasion.
Volbrecht has below average skills, even for the low minors. One has to expect the Retired or Inactive Players will give him his walking papers before the end of the season. I just don't know if The Retired or Inactive Players are ever going to get what they expect out of him.
-- Ska Nyman, A-Ball Scout