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48 Mike Foltynewicz SP
Height/Weight: 6-4/200 | Birthdate: 10/7/1991 | Birthplace: Sterling, IL | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Atlanta | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 40/19 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Braves SP Mike Foltynewicz gets tough-luck loss on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(12:56 am ET) Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz went 6 2/3 strong innings in the 4-2 loss to the Giants on Friday. The young right-hander allowed two runs on five hits, walked one and struck out eight. The only runs he gave up came on a two-run home run from Buster Posey in the first inning.

Strangely, Foltynewicz actually struck out three batters in his final inning, but two of them reached on wild pitches. Luis Avilan was called upon to get the final out of the seventh. 

Nevertheless, it was still an impressive outing for the 24-year-old. Foltynewicz will take a 3-2 record and 3.96 ERA into his next start, scheduled for Wednesday in Arizona.


Braves' Mike Foltynewicz strikes out seven in win vs. Brewers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Braves pitcher Mike Foltynewicz earned a win on Sunday, allowing one earned run on just three hits and one walk while striking out seven in his team's 2-1 victory over the Brewers.

Foltynewicz (3-1) delivered the best start of his young career on Sunday, limiting the damage to a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning.

"It's all about the pitching," said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez to MLB.com. "You get a good pitching performance, and you're in the game and you can do some stuff offensively to score runs."

It was his fourth straight start with seven strikeouts and his second straight outing with only one free pass.

"I was attacking the zone with the fastball, getting early outs and the slider and curveball were working OK," Foltynewicz said. "They got a couple good hits off them at the end. Me and [catcher A.J. Pierzynski] had a good game plan going in, and we stuck with it and got guys out."

Foltynewicz owns a 4.25 ERA and 30:12 K:BB ratio in 29 2/3 innings. He's slated to face the Giants on Friday.


Braves SP Mike Foltynewicz was 'overthrowing' Tuesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Coming off a poor start Tuesday, Braves pitcher Mike Foltynewicz spoke after the game about why he struggled to put the Rays away in a difficult fifth inning.

"I kind of started to overthrow stuff and trying to make things break a little more than I wanted to," he told mlblogs.com.

Foltynewicz struck out the first two batters in the inning before allowing a walk, single and double that turned a 3-3 tie into a 5-3 deficit.

The good news is that he is making hitters flail at air more frequently recently despite greater overall struggles. His swing-and-miss rate of 13.2 and 13.5 in his last two starts is far superior to what he achieved in his first two starts. Only four pitchers in the major leagues boast a better one than 13.5 this season.


Braves SP Mike Foltynewicz Ks seven, suffers first loss of season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) Braves starting pitcher Mike Foltynewicz endured an uneven outing and was charged with his first loss of the season Tuesday night at home against Tampa Bay.

Foltynewicz (2-1) allowed a run-scoring single to Steven Souza in the first, a run-scoring single to Evan Longoria in the third, a solo home run to Asdrubal Cabrera in the fourth and two more in the fifth. He was charged with five earned runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out seven over five innings of a 5-3 defeat. Of his 91 pitches, 64 were strikes.

"The fifth inning was the learning inning" manager Fredi Gonzalez said, per MLB.com. "You can't let your guard down, especially after striking out the first two guys that inning. But that's what you've got to live with as a young pitcher."

Foltynewicz has allowed four-plus runs in two of his last three starts. His next start will come Sunday at home against Milwaukee.


Braves SP Mike Foltynewicz allows two ER in 6 2/3 IP for no-decision


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/12/2015) Braves starting pitcher Mike Foltynewicz gave up three runs (two earned) on six hits and struck out seven in 6 2/3 innings Tuesday in a no-decision against the Reds.

Foltynewicz was touched for a two-run homer in the first inning by Todd Frazier.

The right hander had won his first two decisions of the season before Tuesday.

Foltynewicz returns to the mound for his next start Tuesday against the Rays.

Braves' Mike Foltynewicz earns second straight win Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Braves pitcher Mike Foltynewicz picked up his second straight win Wednesday despite giving up four earned runs on seven hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings while striking out seven in his team's 7-5 victory over the Phillies.

Foltynewicz (2-0) allowed just two earned runs in his season debut and looked to be en route to another fine outing Wednesday, as the only run he allowed in the first five innings came on a groundball double play. He ran into trouble in the sixth, opening the inning by giving up a solo home run and putting two more men on base before being removed with one out; both runners would eventually score.

Foltynewicz owns a 5.23 ERA and 9:6 K:BB ratio in 10 1/3 innings. He's on track to square off with the Reds in Cincinnati Tuesday.


Braves' Mike Foltynewicz needs to improve speed to plate


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) After giving up five stolen bases to Cincinnati in his first start, Braves pitcher Mike Foltynewicz will need to improve his delivery speed for his next start. 

Manager Fredi Gonzalez said that Foltynewicz was taking 1.8 seconds to deliver pitches, almost a half a second longer than average. 

"We need to clean that up a little bit because we don’t want it to be a track meet," Gonzalez said, per the Journal Constitution.


Braves SP Mike Foltynewicz picks up win during Friday's game


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2015) Braves pitcher Mike Foltynewicz surrendered three runs (two earned) on six hits over five innings during Friday's 4-3 win over the Reds.

"There's still a lot of stuff we need to correct and get better at, but this was a good first outing for him," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said, via MLB.com.

Foltynewicz received his first win of the season for his effort. After surrendering two runs on three hits during the first inning, Foltynewicz settled down to lead the Braves to the win. He also struck out two batters and walked three.

Foltynewicz was recently called up from Triple-A to make his season debut Friday. It is now known when his next start for the Braves will be.


Braves recall Mike Foltynewicz, will start Friday


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) The Braves announced they recalled pitcher Mike Foltynewicz and that he will start Friday's game against the Reds.

This has been an expected move for most of the week. MLB.com considers Foltynewicz the Braves' second-ranked prospect in the organization. He began the year with Triple-A Gwinnett and will be on regular rest for Friday's game. 

Foltynewicz went 0-3 in Triple-A, posting a 2.08 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in four starts. He has struck out 30 batters in 21 2/3 innings.


Report: Braves might turn to prospect Foltynewicz to start Friday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) The Braves could turn to starting pitcher prospect Mike Foltynewicz to start Friday's game against the Reds, according to MLB.com. 

Foltynewicz, who is considered the team's second-best prospect by MLB.com, has opened the season with Triple-A Gwinnett and will be pitching on regular rest Friday. The Braves could be in need of a starting pitcher after Friday's starter Trevor Cahill was used in relief Wednesday. Cahill threw 47 pitches over two relief innings.

Foltynewicz is 0-3 with a 2.08 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in four starts for Gwinnett. He has struck out 30 batters in 21 2/3 innings.

The 23-year-old right-hander was competing for a spot in the rotation this spring, but he struggled, going 0-2 with a 5.84 ERA in six outings (five starts).


Report: Braves option pitcher Mike Foltynewicz to Triple-A


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/4/2015) The Braves have reportedly optioned pitcher Mike Foltynewicz to Triple-A Gwinnett, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Foltynewicz was traded to Atlanta in January as a part of the Evan Gattis deal and battled for a spot in the starting rotation this spring. He posted 5.84 ERA with 12 strikeouts and eight walks in six spring training appearances.


Report: Braves could have Foltynewicz start the season in the 'pen


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2015) The Braves have not ruled out the possibility of pitcher Mike Foltynewicz starting the season in the bullpen, according to MLB.com. Foltynewicz struggled to make his presence felt and was unable to  crack a spot in Atlanta's starting rotation. He posted a 6.35 ERA over 11 1/3 innings of work this spring.

Braves' Mike Foltynewicz knocked around in Monday's start


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(3/30/2015) Braves starting pitcher Mike Foltynewicz allowed two earned runs, including a solo home run to left fielder Yoenis Céspedes, in 3 2/3 innings of work on Monday in his team's 4-2 victory over the Tigers.

Foltynewicz had struggled in his previous start on March 24, allowing three runs on five hits, including two home runs, in just 2 2/3 innings.

Foltynewicz has posted a 6.35 ERA this spring in five starts.


Braves pitcher Mike Foltynewicz gets lit up in outing Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) Braves pitcher Mike Foltynewicz struggled in his start Tuesday, going just 2 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on five hits, including two home runs. 

Foltynewicz, who is competing for a spot in Atlanta's starting rotation,  has been up and down this spring. In his last three starts, Foltynewicz has surrendered nine earned runs. He's up to 10 strikeouts in four appearances this spring.

"I just kind of started getting fast there in that last inning, and things started going downhill from there," he said to MLB.com. "Other than that, I went out there and battled the best I can. Unfortunately, things didn't go the way I wanted."


Braves scratch Foltynewicz due to bad weather, field conditions


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Braves starting pitcher Mike Foltynewicz was scratched from his scheduled spring start Monday against the Astros due to inclement weather and poor field conditions, per MLB.com. Michael Kohn started in his absence.

Foltynewicz, who is competing for a spot in the rotation, is 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA in three spring starts.


Braves' Foltynewicz strikes out four, allows one run Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) Braves pitcher Mike Foltynewicz bounced back from Friday's rough outing Wednesday, allowing just one earned run on three hits and one walk in 2 2/3 innings while striking out four in his team's 12-5 loss to the Yankees.

"His pitches were really electric," manager Fredi Gonzalez said after the start, per MLB.com. "He had a good fastball and command. His curveball was knee-buckling. He was good. I can't wait to run him back out there again."

Foltynewicz is in the mix for one of the Braves' two open rotation spots but had struggled in his first two outings, allowing six runs in 2 1/3 innings, though only two runs were charged to the pitcher. He also issued four walks in those two outings but proved much better Wednesday.

"You can't use 'it's too early' anymore," Foltynewicz said. "You're getting down to where decisions are made. You really need to start opening some eyes or things are not going to fall the way [you want]. I'm really glad I came out and had this start. Now, I've just got to go out and do the same in my next starts."

Foltynewicz made his major-league debut last season with the Astros, posting a 5.30 ERA and 14:7 K:BB ratio in 18 2/3 innings out of the bullpen. He was part of the package the Braves received in the deal that shipped Evan Gattis to Houston this offseason.


Braves P Mike Foltynewicz gets rocked by Tigers in 8-2 loss


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2015) Braves right-handed pitcher Mike Foltynewicz has the physical tools to be successful in the big leagues. He's 6-foot-4 with a live arm and is still young at only 23 years old. 

However, his start to spring training has been anything but pleasant. In an 8-2 loss to the Tigers on Friday, Foltynewicz gave up five earned runs on four hits, walked two batters and only struck out one. He didn't make it through the first inning. 

It was the second poor performance in as many outings this spring for Foltynewicz. 

“I’m overdoing it a little bit,” Foltynewicz said, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “You’ve got a new team, you’ve got to impress coaches and all of that. I’m just out there trying to do too much.”

The performance ballooned Foltynewicz's ERA to 23.14. 

Foltynewicz was acquired by the Braves in a trade that sent catcher Evan Gattis to Houston. 

Foltynewicz isn't panicking yet and thinks he had an OK outing on Friday even though Detroit's batters had their way. 

“For the most part I was around the plate and they found some holes,” Foltynewicz said. “That was just bad luck on my part. I think overall I felt good and threw some good pitches so it stinks that things are falling that way.”


Braves' Gonzalez lists four candidates vying for final spot in rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/5/2015) Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Thursday the likely candidates for the fifth spot in the rotation are Wandy Rodriguez, Eric Stults, Mike Foltynewicz and Manny Banuelos, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

All four players are new to the Braves' organization in 2015. Rodriguez and Stults are both headed to spring training with minor-league contracts, while Foltynewicz was picked up in a trade with Houston and Banuelos in a deal with the Yankees.


Braves SP Mike Foltynewicz set to compete for spot in rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/30/2015) Newly acquired starting pitcher Mike Foltynewicz, who was acquired in the Evan Gattis trade with Houston, will compete for the final spot in the Braves' rotation this spring. Bo Porter, who is now Atlanta's third-base coach after serving as the Astros manager, gave his scouting report of the 6-4, 220-pound right-hander to MLB.com.

"He definitely has the skill set," Porter said. "You look at the overall package -- he has an overpowering fastball, his breaking ball is something he started to use more once he arrived at the major-league level and his changeup is a work in progress. But when you look at his size and his competitiveness, he has that bulldog mentality."

Foltynewicz is considered the Braves' second-best prospect by MLB.com. He went 7-7 with a 5.08 ERA in 21 outings (18 starts) at Triple-A in 2014. He also made 16 relief appearances at the major-league level last season, going 0-1 with a 5.30 ERA.


Braves/Astros announce Evan Gattis deal


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/14/2015) The Braves have traded catcher/outfielder Evan Gattis and pitcher James Hoyt to the Astros for three prospects, the teams announced. CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman confirmed the deal early on Wednesday. The deal was initially reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The 28-year-old Gattis is coming off a season in which he hit .263/.317/.493 over 369 at-bats. Gattis dealt with back issues during the season, causing him to miss time. Gattis is under team control through the 2018 season. It's unclear where Gattis will play with his new club.

Hoyt, 27, posted a 3.17 ERA over two levels of the minors last year. 

In return, the Braves will receive pitchers Mike Foltynewicz and Andrew Thurman , and third baseman Rio Ruiz

Foltynewicz was rated as the Astros third-best prospect this year according to Baseball America. The 23-year-old pitched in 18 games with Houston last year, posting a 5.30 ERA.

Thurman, 23, posted a 5.38 ERA at Class A last year. The 20-year-old Ruiz .293/.387/.436 over 516 at-bats in High A.


Braves agree to trade Evan Gattis to Astros


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/14/2015) The Braves have agreed to deal catcher/outfielder Evan Gattis and pitcher James Hoyt to the Astros for three minor-league prospects, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman has confirmed. The deal was initially reported by David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Those minor-leaguers include right-hander Mike Foltynewicz, third baseman Rio Ruiz and right-hander Andrew Thurman, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Foltynewicz would be a rotation candidate for this upcoming season, Sherman notes. Both sides have agreed to the players involved in the deal, but has not been finalized. Gattis was spotted in Houston on Wednesday undergoing a physical exam in anticipation of a possible trade.

Gattis hit .263/.317/.493 over 369 at-bats, but was hindered by a back injury over the second half of the year. The trade would give Houston three right-handed power hitters in Gattis, George Springer and Chris Carter. Gattis won't be a free-agent until 2019.

The deal is currently pending physicals.


Report: Mike Foltynewicz promoted to Astros


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2014) Struggles at Triple-A Oklahoma City have not prevented Astros pitching prospect Mike Foltynewicz from landing a promotion to the big league team. He is on the way to the Astros, sources have told the Houston Chronicle, which is further reporting that he will be used in relief.

The 22-year-old right-hander owns a 7-7 record and lofty 5.08 ERA for the RedHawks. He has given up 98 hits and fanned 102 in 102 2/3 innings, but he has also walked 52. He is also not a hot pitcher. Foltynewicz is 2-4 in his last six decisions and has allowed 35 runs in his last 41 1/3 innings pitched.


Astros cut a handful of top prospects from camp


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2014) The Astros made a handful of roster moves Thursday, mostly taking their top prospects off the spring roster. George Springer, Mike Foltynewicz, Jon Singleton, Delino DeShields, Carlos Correa and Mark Appel were all sent down to the minors Thursday.

Carlos Correa, Mark Appel headline Astros' spring invitees


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/14/2014) The Astros invited 20 non-roster minor-leaguers to spring training Tuesday, including infielder Carlos Correa and pitcher Mark Appel, the team announced.

The team's other invitees include pitchers Jake Buchanan, Rhiner Cruz, Jorge De Leon, Bobby Doran, Mike Foltynewicz, Jason Stoffel and Nick Tropeano; catchers Rene Garcia, Tyler Heineman and Carlos Perez; infielders Japhet Amador, Jonathan Meyer and Ronald Torreyes; and outfielders Delino DeShields, Leo Heras, J.D. Martinez, George Springer and Preston Tucker.

Correa, 19, was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 amateur draft. He hit .320/.405/.467 with nine home runs, 86 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 450 at-bats with Class A Quad Cities last season.

Appel, 22, was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 amateur draft. He went 3-1 with a 3.79 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 33:9 K:BB ratio in 38 innings over 10 starts between low Class A Tri-City and Class A Quad Cities.


Astros' minor-league pitcher of the year promoted to Double-A


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2013) The Astros announced Thursday pitching prospect Mike Foltynewicz was promoted from Class A Lancaster to Double-A Corpus Christi. He was 1-0 with a 3.81 ERA and 1.73 WHIP in seven outings (five starts) for Lancaster.

Foltynewicz struck out 29, while allowing four home runs and 14 walks in 26 innings in the hitter-friendly California League. However, he managed a 1.71 ERA in his last five appearances. Foltynewicz was the Astros' minor-league pitcher of the year in 2012.