Mike Foltynewicz being tested in California League
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2013) Astros starting pitcher prospect Mike Foltynewicz has struggled with the unique climate conditions that come with pitching in the California League (Class A). Foltynewicz, who is considered the team's fifth-best prospect by Baseball America, has posted a 16.20 ERA and .522 opponents' batting average through two starts.
The Astros didn't want the right-hander to miss the Lancaster "experience," according to the Houston Chronicle.
"They sent me out here,'' Foltynewicz said. "It wasn't my choice. But I know they just want me to learn to pitch better. In 2011 and part of 2012, I'd just go out and throw the ball through a brick wall. Controlling my fastball was my weak point. I've gotten a lot better at it, but I can still improve things. It teaches you to pitch out here."
Despite his early struggles, Lancaster manager Rodney Linares feels Foltynewicz has a high ceiling.
"Folty has all the stuff to be a No. 1 in the big leagues," Linares said. "He's got the fastball, the breaking ball, the changeup. He's also got that No. 1 starter attitude. The conditions here will torment you, but he won't let them get to him. He doesn't lack for confidence."