26-Year-Old Pitcher – Atlanta Braves
2018 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Just when it seemed like Foltynewicz was headed for a breakout season, he imploded, finishing with a 7.27 ERA and 1.73 WHIP over his final nine starts (43.1 innings). He did a better job of limiting t...
Mike Foltynewicz Contract Information:
Signed a one-year, $2.2 million contract with the Braves in February of 2018.
Foltynewicz (7-5) picked up the win in Wednesday's 9-5 victory over the Blue Jays, allowing five runs on six hits and two walks over 6.2 innings while striking out six.
To instantly reveal our fantasy analysis of every player – including Mike Foltynewicz – simply subscribe now.
|Today's Projections||Subscribe now to see Today's projected stats for Mike Foltynewicz|
|Next 7 Days||Subscribe now to see our Next 7 Days projections for Mike Foltynewicz|
|Rest Of Season||Subscribe now to see our Rest Of Season projections for Mike Foltynewicz|
|Preseason||Subscribe now to see our 2018 projections for Mike Foltynewicz||3-Year Averages||23||21||0||121.3||135||65||18||110||41||7||8||0||0||0||4.82||1.45|
|Career (View All)||103||83||1||484.3||500||237||68||465||172||30||30||0||–||–||4.40||1.39|
Age is determined on July 1st of each season. Jump To: ▼ Advanced StatsNo No No
|Last 14 Games (Team)
3 Games Pitched: Avg. 5.9 IP/G
|Last 30 Games (Team)
5 Games Pitched: Avg. 5.5 IP/G
|Last 60 Games (Team)
11 Games Pitched: Avg. 5.9 IP/G
Mike Foltynewicz Split Stats (View Full Split Stats)
|Year||Age||Lg||Tm||G||GS||IP||K/9||BB/9||K/BB||HR/9||GB/FB Ratio||Strand %||Fastball||ERA||FIP||BABIP|
|Next 7 Days||0||2||11.0||10.43||3.78||2.76||0.94||–||79.8%||–||2.96||3.50||.294|
|Rest Of Season||0||13||72.4||10.57||3.45||3.07||0.84||–||79.5%||–||2.84||3.21||.299|
|Preseason||Subscribe now to see our 2018 projections for Mike Foltynewicz||3-Year Averages||23||21||121.3||8.16||3.04||2.68||1.34||–||70.3%||–||4.82||4.33||.335|
Mike Foltynewicz Defensive Stats
|Pos||Year||Inn||DRS (?)||Pos Rank||Range & Pos (?)||OF Arm (?)||GFP/DME (?)||GDP (?)||Bunts (?)||Catcher SB (?)||Pitcher SB (?)||Adj ERA (?)||Strike Zone(?)|
2018 Stat Review for Mike Foltynewicz As compared to the top 100 starting pitchers in 2016 (min 130 in)
A collection of stats that measure different skills.
A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.
Balls in play avg. and % of runners left stranded.
Atlanta Braves Roster
MajorsAcuna, Ronald (OF)
AAAAdams, Lane (OF)
A+Anderson, Ian (P)
AContreras, William (C)
RookieBacon, Troy (P)
Mike Foltynewicz: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
He should be nicknamed "Mike Filthynewicz" with his repertoire: a mid-90s heater, a piercing slider, a hammer curve and an emerging changeup. He's still figuring it all out, but his 2016 was a nice step forward. He set career-bests in ERA, WHIP, strikeout rate, walk rate, groundball rate and HR/9. It's not a great sign when 4.31 ERA is your best ever, but it's still legitimate progress for the one-time top-100 prospect who was starting to look like a bit of a bust, even in the small 105-inning sample he had prior to 2016. He should enter his age-25 season with a firm handle on a rotation spot, eyeing his first full season and hoping to build on his '16 gains. A baseline 9-10 percent swinging strike rate is a good foundation and the raw stuff portends more. Go an extra $1 on ol' Filthynewicz.
Foltynewicz was beaten out for a rotation spot by Eric Stults in spring training and opened the year at Triple-A Gwinnett. The results in his first four starts for Gwinnett were encouraging (2.08 ERA), and the Braves decided to give him a look after punting on Trevor Cahill less than a month into the season. Foltynewicz did a few things well, but his reliance on the fastball was well scouted and hitters took advantage, making hard contact nearly a third of the time and putting the ball in the air more than 43 percent of the time. That led to a 1.8 HR/9 rate and further questions about his viability as a starter. If moved to the bullpen, Foltynewicz could be a valuable back-end arm given the premium velocity, but the Braves may be inclined to give him one last shot at proving himself as a starter. Everything will ultimately depend on Foltynewicz's health; he was diagnosed with blood clots in his arm late in the year and then had to have part of his rib removed.
Foltynewicz, 23, got a taste of the big leagues late last season, throwing 18.2 innings mostly in low-leverage situations out of the bullpen for the Astros. Execs with the team conceded he may not have been ready for that opportunity, however, as he allowed three home runs while compiling a 5.30 ERA and 1.61 WHIP. It's a small sample size, but the hard-throwing right-hander didn't fare much better at Triple-A Oklahoma City. In 21 appearances (18 starts) with the RedHawks, Foltynewicz went 7-7 with a 5.08 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 102:52 K:BB ratio over 102.2 innings. Traded to Atlanta in January, Foltynewicz was a key piece in the deal that sent Evan Gattis to Atlanta. Armed with a plus fastball that regularly hits 100 mph, "Folty" will need to show better control of his pitches (4.6 BB/9) to carve out a significant role with the Braves in 2015. A return to Triple-A appears likely, at least to open the season, but he has a very high ceiling if his control improves.
Foltynewicz, the Astros' 2012 Minor League Pitcher of the Year, turned in a fine season for Double-A Corpus Christi after a brief stint with Houston's High-A affiliate. The 22-year-old flamethrower appeared in 23 games (16 starts) for the Hooks and went 5-3 with a 2.87 ERA over 103.1 innings. Opposing batters hit a mere .207 against the right-hander, but they also took 52 free passes as Foltynewicz's control problems remained. If he improves his walk rate (4.5 BB/9 in Double-A), Foltynewicz's stock will go up even higher as he emerged as one of the better pitching prospects in the minors last season. He will likely make the jump to Triple-A this season, while the possibility of a late-season callup is not out of the question if he performs well there.
The second time through the Sally League was much better for Foltynewicz than the first: he posted a 14-4 record across 27 starts and lowered his ERA by nearly two runs to 3.14. The improvement was enough to earn him the Most Outstanding Pitcher award in the Sally League and the Minor League Pitcher of the Year award for the Houston organization. The former first-round pick has pitched to contact more in recent years, which has resulted in fewer strikeouts, but (at least last year) better outcomes. While the team is still trying him out as a starter, there are those that think the lack of viable secondary pitches may make him best suited for the bullpen down the line. He will likely begin 2013 in Double-A, still working out of the rotation.