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|2013-08-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Who is your favorite starting pitcher prospect out of the group? (Most likely to stick at SP taken into account) Mike Foltynewicz, Tyler Glasnow, Eddie Butler, Aaron Sanchez, and Lucas Giolito?|
(Fish72292 from New Hampshire)
|That's a tough list, especially since we're comparing upper-level pitchers (Folty and Butler) with complex-league pitchers (Giolito). I like all of those guys. I'd probably go Butler though, because we're talking ceiling + probability of big leagues with the Double-A guy. Highest ceiling of the group? Probably Giolito. Which makes it a tough one to answer. (Jason Cole)|
|2013-06-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Mike Foltynewicz seems to have taken a pretty big step forward this year. Aside from a slightly high walk rate, he's been dominating the AA Texas League for a while now, and I keep seeing reports of him consistently lighting up the gun at 100 and 101 MPH. Prior to the season, BP said he has the upside of just a #3 starter. Has he improved his stock in your minds with his performance? Why and why not?|
(Ashitaka1110 from Houston, TX)
|I still think it's about a #3 starter or dominant closer. He's a no. 3 starter if the fastball command gets to average. If you don't think it will, then it's probably a closer. He has the ability to spin a breaking ball. I think it's a going to be a solid-average to plus breaker. Inconsistent at present; the arm speed can falter at times. But he'll flash good curveballs and sliders here and there. Only threw one changeup the other night. It's seriously elite velocity, and it moves. Not a ton of deception, but it's easy and sitting 97-99 and getting 100 to 101 (if not more) a handful of times per start. There probably won't be a wipeout secondary pitch to complement it, but I think they can be good enough to where – on the back of his 80-grade fastball – it'll work as a no. 3 starter if the fastball command progresses enough, and I think it can.
I don't think Foltynewicz will be fully ready this season though. He might need another full year in the minor leagues to finish his development, despite the extreme-of-the-extreme velocity. It's a really fun arm to watch. If you're in or around Texas or the Texas League, I recommend going out to see him this season. (Jason Cole)
|2013-05-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Thanks for doing the chat. In Jason Parks' last chat, he identified Mike Foltynewicz and Burch Smith as two guys that were rising. What do you think of these guys? Who are some other under-the-radar pitchers that might be fast risers?|
(boneil33 from Boston)
|I haven't seen Foltynewicz before, but I know he has been flashing some elite velocity out of his 6'4" frame. I'm sure I'll get a look at him in Corpus Christi before the season is over. Burch Smith, who I addressed in this week's Ten Pack and at the beginning of this chat, is certainly rising as well. Just going off guys I've seen, I think Matt Wisler is seriously rising this camp and season. Miguel Almonte with the Royals is another. (Jason Cole)|
|2012-10-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Who do you take; Nicholas Tropeano or Michael Foltynewicz? NiTro has had more success, at a higher level, and is only a year older than Folty.|
(Ashitaka1110 from Houston, TX)
|The Astros will be the first team up in the BP prospect rankings, and this debate just occurred when compiling the list. Tropeano probably has the best CH in the org, but the ceiling isn't all that sexy. Folty has a a slightly higher ceiling and is younger, so when you get into that interchangeable range that exists between 9-15, going with the guy with the slightly higher ceiling makes the most sense. I originally had Tropeano ahead of Folty, but later reversed that stance. (Jason Parks)|
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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile
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Mike Foltynewicz has thrown 60 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system in 2013, all of them occuring in Spring Training. In 2013, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (98mph), Sinker (95mph) and Curve (78mph). He also rarely throws a Slider (84mph) and Change (84mph).