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Mike Foltynewicz PAstros

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2014 Rest-of-Season Projections (seasonal age 22)
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Birth Date10-7-1991
Height6' 4"
Weight220 lbs
Age22 years, 11 months, 11 days
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WARP Summary

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YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP
2014 HOU 22 13 0 14.3 0.0 14.3 0 1 0 0 0 0 65 17 8 8 2 27 6 6 0 12 5.02 4.55 4.26 1.0 0.1
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2011 LEX A 26 26 134.0 5.17 101 .273 .264 .334 .400 .262 .327 110 15.7 1.6 15.7 1.6
2012 LEX A 27 27 152.0 4.62 107 .249 .264 .336 .395 .264 .298 104 22.7 2.3 22.7 2.3
2013 LNC A+ 7 5 26.0 4.63 114 .285 .267 .333 .432 .275 .360 109 9.1 0.9 9.1 0.9
2013 CCH AA 23 16 103.3 4.71 94 .237 .251 .315 .379 .255 .254 103 8.9 1.0 8.9 1.0
2014 HOU MLB 13 0 14.3 4.26 99 .298 .255 .311 .383 .260 .333 101 1.0 0.1 1.0 0.1
2014 OKL AAA 21 18 102.7 5.61 85 .269 .278 .338 .432 .268 .322 99 6.4 0.6 6.4 0.6

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
2011 LEX A 5 11 0 26 26 134.0 149 51 88 10 45% .327 10.0 3.4 0.7 5.9 1.49 4.97 15.7 1.6
2012 LEX A 14 4 0 27 27 152.0 145 62 125 11 49% .298 8.6 3.7 0.7 7.4 1.36 3.14 22.7 2.3
2013 CCH AA 5 3 3 23 16 103.3 75 52 95 8 55% .254 6.5 4.5 0.7 8.3 1.23 2.87 8.9 1.0
2013 LNC A+ 1 0 0 7 5 26.0 31 14 29 4 46% .360 10.7 4.8 1.4 10.0 1.73 3.81 9.1 0.9
2014 HOU MLB 0 1 0 13 0 14.3 17 6 12 2 30% .333 10.7 3.8 1.3 7.5 1.60 5.02 1.0 0.1
2014 OKL AAA 7 7 0 21 18 102.7 98 52 102 10 49% .322 8.6 4.6 0.9 8.9 1.46 5.08 6.4 0.6

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2014 251 0.4861 0.4382 0.7727 0.6393 0.2481 0.8718 0.5313 0.2273
Career2510.48610.43820.77270.63930.24810.87180.53130.2273

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 HOU $

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 0 dOctagon1 year (2014)

Details
  • 1 year (2014). Contract selected by Houston 8/1/14.
  • Drafted by Houston 2010 (1-19) (Minooka Community HS, Ill.). Signed 6/11/10, $1.305M signing bonus.

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BP Articles

Mike Foltynewicz is referenced in the following articles.

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This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessDeep Impact: Week 18Ben Carsley2014-08-05
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessThe Stash List: 16th EditionBret Sayre2014-08-05
The Week in Quotes: July 28-August 3, 2014Morris Greenberg2014-08-04
The Week in Quotes: July 28-August 3, 2014Nick Wheatley-Schaller2014-08-04
The Week in Quotes: July 28-August 3, 2014Nick Bacarella2014-08-04
The Week in Quotes: July 28-August 3, 2014Chris Mosch2014-08-04
This article requires BP Premium accessThe Call-Up: Mike FoltynewiczMauricio Rubio2014-08-02
This article requires BP Premium accessThe Call-Up: Mike FoltynewiczJason Parks2014-08-02
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Monday, July 28Jeff Moore2014-07-29
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessThe Stash List: 15th EditionBret Sayre2014-07-29
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The 2010 Redraft: Is There Life Beyond Bryce?Baseball Prospectus2014-07-08
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This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessThe Stash List: 12th EditionBret Sayre2014-07-01
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This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessDynasty Dynamics: The U25 Top 150, Part OneCraig Goldstein2014-05-13
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This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessState of the Position: ClosersBen Carsley2014-03-03
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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-09-15 19:30:00 (link to chat)Ben, Who are some non-closers who could be closing at or near the start of 2015?
(Cal Guy from Cal)
Mike Foltynewicz, Ken Giles, Delin Betances. (Ben Carsley)
2014-09-15 19:30:00 (link to chat)Which minor league players are most likely to start in the American League in 2015 that are either flying under the radar or have not been brought up. Thanks!
(Cinco bros from AZ)
For players who havenít come up yet, how about Rusney Castillo, Francisco Lindor, Chi Chi Gonzalez, Miguel Sano and Kyle Zimmer. For guys who are just under the radar, letís go with Nick Franklin, Mike Foltynewicz, Dylan Bundy, Drew Pomeranz, Daniel Norris and Oswaldo Arcia. (Ben Carsley)
2014-05-13 11:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Mike Foltynewicz ultimately ends up as a late-inning reliever?
(Goose from Chicago)
I do. Grip it and rip at 98-101.

I'm going to take a few minutes to eat a bagel. Be back in 7 minutes. Over 350 questions waiting in the queue. You people are crazy and I love it. (Jason Parks)
2014-02-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)In a 16-team Dynasty with super deep minors, I was offered two years of Ubaldo for 5 years of Mike Foltynewicz (can call him up whenever-well after his debut). My mind says yes, but my gut says no. But what does Paul say?
(rzt101 from NYC)
Yeah, I'd go for that. I don't LOOOOVE him, but for a guy who I like but with an uncertain role, you gotta take it (Paul Sporer)
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 Ė†on the back of his 80-grade fastball Ė†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 310 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2013 and 2014, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Spring Training. In 2014, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (98mph) and Sinker (96mph), also mixing in a Curve (80mph) and Change (85mph).