Mike Foltynewicz

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Mike Foltynewicz
Mike Foltynewicz signs autographs in Jan 2014.jpg
Foltynewicz signs autographs in January 2014
Atlanta Braves – No. 26
Pitcher
Born: (1991-10-07) October 7, 1991 (age 27)
Sterling, Illinois
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 2, 2014, for the Houston Astros
MLB statistics
(through September 28, 2018)
Win–loss record36–35
Earned run average4.22
Strikeouts547
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Michael Gary Foltynewicz (/fltɪˈnɛvɪ/;[1] born October 7, 1991) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball (MLB). He was drafted by the Houston Astros in the first round of the 2010 MLB draft. He played in the minor leagues until he was called up to the Astros in August 2014. The Astros traded Foltynewicz to the Braves before the 2015 season.

Early life[edit]

Foltynewicz grew up in Illinois and wanted to be a major league player from an early age. He grew up a St. Louis Cardinals fan.[2] He says that his parents, Gary and Cindy Foltynewicz, both developed elbow problems one summer due to throwing him so much batting practice.[3] He graduated in 2010 from Minooka High School in Minooka, Illinois.[4]

Career[edit]

Houston Astros[edit]

Major league debut (August 2014)

The Houston Astros selected Foltynewicz in the first round, with the 19th overall selection, of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft.[5][6] He planned to attend the University of Texas at Austin, but decided to enter professional baseball when he was chosen in the draft. Foltynewicz and the Astros agreed to a $1.2 million signing bonus.[7] In 2010 with the Greeneville Astros he was 0-3 with a 4.03 ERA.[8] In 2011 at Class A Lexington he was 5-11 with a 4.97 ERA.[8]

In 2012, Foltynewicz was the Astros Minor League Pitcher of the Year after going 14–4 with a 3.14 earned run average (ERA) and 125 strikeouts in 152 innings pitched.[9][10] The next season, Foltynewicz pitched seven games (five starts) for the Class A Advanced Lancaster JetHawks and earned a 1–0 record with a 3.81 ERA. He finished the season with the Class AA Corpus Christi Hooks, starting 16 of 23 games on the way to a 5–3 record, a 2.87 ERA and three saves.[11]

Foltynewicz was called up to the Astros on August 1, 2014. His first appearance was against the Toronto Blue Jays on August 2. At the time of his promotion, Foltynewicz had a 7–7 record with a 5.08 ERA at Class AAA Oklahoma City, where he registered 100 strikeouts in ​102 23 innings.[12] He was listed by both ESPN and Baseball America as the fourth-best prospect in the Houston system.[3] Though he was a starting pitcher in Oklahoma City, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said that the team would use Foltynewicz out of the bullpen for the rest of the 2014 season.[12] In 2014 for the Astros he was 0-1 with an ERA of 5.30 in 16 relief appearances.[11]

Atlanta Braves[edit]

The Astros traded Foltynewicz, Andrew Thurman, and Rio Ruiz to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for Evan Gattis and James Hoyt on January 14, 2015.[1][13] He was invited to spring training and sent down to the Triple–A Gwinnett Braves on April 4.[14] Through his first four starts with Gwinnett, Foltynewicz posted a 2.08 ERA over 21.2 innings with 30 strikeouts and 10 walks. On April 30, third baseman Chris Johnson was moved to the 15-day disabled list, allowing room for the Braves to call up Foltynewicz to replace struggling Trevor Cahill in the starting rotation.[15][16] Foltynewicz made his Braves debut on May 1 against the Cincinnati Reds, earning his first career win over five innings pitched, allowing two earned runs. On the same night, Folynewicz also recorded his first career hit, a double that scored two runs.[17] Foltynewicz was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on June 17 after seeing his ERA rise to 5.19 in his previous three starts.[18][19] He was recalled on July 7, after utility player Joey Terdoslavich was optioned to Gwinnett.[20] He served as an extra reliever in Atlanta's bullpen during the final games before the All Star break. On July 12, after the final game of the first half, he was optioned back to Gwinnett.[21] Foltynewicz was recalled on July 30 to make a spot start for Manny Banuelos.[22] He began to fall ill on August 18,[23] and was first diagnosed with costochondritis in September,[24] which soon developed into pneumonia.[25][26] On September 19, Foltynewicz suffered a further setback, and was diagnosed with blood clots in his pitching arm.[27] Two days later, Foltynewicz underwent a rib resection to remove the anterior half of his first rib to deal with the clots.[28] As a result of the surgery, he lost approximately 20 pounds (9.1 kg).[29] In 2015 for Atlanta he was 4–6 with an ERA of 5.71.[30]

Foltynewicz contended for a rotation spot in spring training in 2016. The Braves eventually assigned him to Gwinnett at the end of March to give him more time to recover from surgery.[31] Foltynewicz was recalled on May 1 to replace Bud Norris in the rotation.[32] Foltynewicz made his season debut the next day, taking a loss against the New York Mets.[33] He returned to the disabled list on June 4 with a bone spur in his elbow.[34] Foltynewicz was reactivated on June 29, as the Braves' rotation was beset by injuries to other pitchers.[35]

On June 30, 2017 against the Oakland Athletics, Foltynewicz took a no hitter into the ninth inning; however, he allowed a home run to the leadoff man and was pulled after the home run. He finished having allowed one run on one hit with four walks and eight strikeouts over eight plus innings.[36][37] In 2017 for Atlanta he was 10-13 with an ERA of 4.79.[38]

Foltynewicz was eligible for arbitration prior to the start of the 2018 season. He was awarded a $2.2 million salary.[38] During spring training, Foltynewicz pitched primarily from a modified set position, to help mitigate struggles he had faced in previous seasons.[39] On June 1, 2018, Foltynewicz pitched his first career complete game and shutout against the Washington Nationals. He struck out eleven batters and walked two.[40] He was named to the 2018 MLB All-Star Game after owning a 6–5 record and a 2.37 ERA over his first 17 starts of the season.[41] Foltynewicz made his final start of the 2018 season against the Philadelphia Phillies on September 28. He pitched five innings and struck out nine batters, becoming the first Braves pitcher since Javier Vázquez in 2009 to strike out 200 batters in a season.[42] Foltynewicz started game one of the 2018 National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He pitched two innings, yielding four runs on three hits and striking out five batters while walking three.[43] He returned to start the fourth game of the series, allowing one run in four innings pitched.[44]

Personal[edit]

During the 2017 season, Foltynewicz began holding Folty's Fridays, a community outreach initiative meant to engage children.[45]

He is married to Brittany Wortmann.[45][46] The couple's first child, a son, was born in February 2018.[47]

References[edit]

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  4. ^ Oesterle, Rob (August 1, 2014). "Minooka grad Foltynewicz called up to Houston Astros". Morris Daily Herald. Retrieved August 3, 2014.
  5. ^ Helfgot, Mike (June 7, 2010). "Minooka's Foltynewicz picked 19th by Astros". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 2, 2016.
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