"It was good for me because my mom and dad always took care of me," Volquez told the San Diego Union-Tribune in 2012 of his upbringing in the Dominican Republic. "I started playing baseball when I was 9 or 10, and they took care of me."
Volquez was signed by the Rangers in 2001 and posted a 2.68 ERA in the Dominican Summer League in the '02 season. He then pitched in the Arizona Rookie League during the '03 season and made his Major League debut with the Rangers in '05 at the age of 22.
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