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August 2, 2014

The Call-Up

Mike Foltynewicz

by Jason Parks and Mauricio Rubio


The Situation: In order to manage his innings workload and give him a well earned taste of the majors, the Astros promoted Mike Foltynewicz from Triple-A and will use the flamethrower out of the bullpen.

Background: Foltynewicz was selected 19th overall in the 2010 draft, a horrid first-round class—save for Harper, Machado, Harvey and Sale—that featured far more bust than boom (Colon, Loux, DeShields, McGuire, Skole, Simpson, Josh Sale, Vitek, Wimmers, Deglan). You get the point. The class was bad.

From jump street, Foltynewicz has been an absolute workhorse, making 104 minor-league starts and logging over 560 innings so far in his brief minor-league career, suggesting that health isn’t something that should be raising any red flags. The results have been mixed—which clouds his ultimate role—but the big righty has a respectable sample of taking the ball when it's handed to him and doing his job, quite the accomplishment in the modern era of pampered arms and disabled list frequency.

The Scouting: The body is everything you want in an innings eater, as the 22-year-old righty stands every bit of 6'4’’ and has a strong, muscular build in the 225 lbs. range. Along with his prototypical power size, the fastball is at the epicenter of his report, an 80-grade potential heart to his pitching machine. The velocity is overpowering, often sitting in the upper ranges of the 90s and touching over 100 with greater frequency than most would consider possible for a starting pitcher. The control far exceeds his command, but most minor-league bats can’t square elite velocity—especially when its elevated—so he’s been able to miss a lot of bats along the way, despite not being able to locate the pitch with any consistency.

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