Edinson Volquez [VOL-kez] (born July 3, 1983), is a Dominican professional baseball pitcher for the Kansas City Royals of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has also played in MLB for the Texas Rangers, Cincinnati Reds, San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates. He bats and throws right-handed.
Volquez signed with the Rangers in 2001 under the name of Julio Reyes. He went by Edison Volquez after 2003, before adding an n to his first name in 2007.
Volquez grew up in the Dominican Republic and started playing baseball when he was 9 or 10 with the support of his parents. “It was good for me because my mom and dad always took care of me… The only thing I did was go to school and play baseball.”