Foltynewicz, Mike Soroka and Sean Newcomb were all able to pitch against live hitters this week, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
In an interview with Foltynewicz, the right-hander indicated the trio has been getting together regularly to play catch and keep their arms loose at a high school near their homes in the Atlanta area, but Tuesday they were joined by Ronald Acuna, Ozzie Albies and Charlie Culberson. Each pitcher tossed three simulated innings of about 15 pitches against his teammates, a step up in intensity from the twice-a-week bullpens they've all been throwing. Foltynewicz says his arm currently feels great and estimated he and the other pitchers in the group are 75-80 percent stretched out and would need about two weeks of a second training camp to be ready for the regular season, whenever it might begin.
Foltynewicz tossed 3.2 scoreless innings in Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Rays, allowing one hit and two walks while striking out six.
The right-hander was pleased with the movement on his slider during the outing, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports. "I threw a lot of good sliders," Foltynewicz said. "My arm just has to get ready for it somehow. It's a good time to do it right now." Foltynewicz blamed throwing too many sliders early in camp last year as the main reason for the elbow trouble that derailed his first half, so he's been more cautious deploying the pitch so far this spring. The results have been mostly encouraging -- while his 5.14 ERA through seven innings doesn't look like much, it comes with a dominant 10:4 K:BB.
Foltynewicz struck out three and allowed a solo home run over two innings Tuesday, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
The solo shot by Twins prospect Trevor Larnach was the only hit the right-hander gave up, and he breezed through the outing without using his slider or curve as he eases his way into Grapefruit League action. Foltynewicz was an All-Star in 2018 but suffered through a demotion in 2019 after he missed camp with elbow trouble. This spring, however, the 28-year-old is healthy and appears ready to regain his prior form.
Foltynewicz will make his first start of the spring Tuesday, Gabriel Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
The right-hander missed last spring due to elbow trouble, so staying healthy and getting in a regular camp could go a long toward helping him avoid the early season struggles that eventually got him demoted to Triple-A. Foltynewicz posted a 2.65 ERA in 10 starts with a 55:17 K:BB once he returned to the Atlanta rotation, numbers in line with his 2018 performance, putting him in good position for a 2020 rebound.
Foltynewicz agreed to a one-year, $6.425 million deal with the Braves on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
This was Foltynewicz's third year as an arbitration-eligible player, and he will have a final opportunity to get a pay raise next offseason before hitting the open market after the 2021 season.
Foltynewicz (1-1) took the loss after allowing seven runs (six earned) on three hits and three walks in 0.1 innings in Wednesday's 13-1 loss to the Cardinals in Game 5 of the NLDS.
Foltynewicz was roughed up early and often and was unable to make it out of the first inning of the series' decisive game. In fact, the only out Foltynewicz recorded was on a sacrifice bunt by Kolten Wong after Dexter Fowler had opened the game with a walk. The rest of Foltynewicz's outing went as follows: single, single, reached on error, walk, double, intentional walk. So ends the 2019 campaign for Foltynewicz, who saw his ERA balloon from 2.85 in 2018 to 4.54 this season, though he did bring that down with a good stretch run. Between Dallas Keuchel's impending free agency and the vast number of young arms in the Braves' system, it will be interesting see how the Atlanta rotation shakes out -- and where Foltynewicz fits in -- in 2020.
Foltynewicz will start the second game of the NLDS on Friday against St. Louis, Gabe Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Foltynewicz hasn't lived up to expectations this season, seeing his ERA rise from 2.85 to 4.54. He's been quite good down the stretch, however, posting a 1.73 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP in his final seven starts.
Foltynewicz (8-6) was handed the loss Saturday against the Mets after surrendering three runs on three hits over four innings. He struck out five and walked one.
Foltynewicz served up two homers and threw only 68 pitches in his final start of the regular season as the Braves had no reason to push him with their playoff position secured. The 27-year-old ends the season with a 4.54 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 105:37 K:BB through 117 innings, though he looked much improved during September.
Foltynewicz (8-5) struck out seven and picked up the win in Friday's 6-0 victory over the Giants, giving up three hits and a walk over eight scoreless innings.
The right-hander has rediscovered his 2018 form just in time to potentially make himself a big part of Atlanta's playoff rotation plans. Foltynewicz has won all four of his September starts with a 0.69 ERA, 0.65 WHIP and 21:5 K:BB over 26 innings, and he'll take the bump one more time during the regular season in a road start Friday against the Mets.
Foltynewicz (7-5) allowed one run on four hits with one walk and five strikeouts across six innings while earning a victory against the Nationals on Saturday.
For the third straight outing, Foltynewicz yielded one or zero runs, leading to another victory. He's pitched very well over the last month, and he hasn't suffered a loss since June 6, and yet, it still feels as though it's too little, too late for Foltynewicz. Despite the hot streak, he owns a 4.80 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 93 strikeouts in 105 innings this season. He'll look to keep this going, though, in his next start Friday at home against the Giants.
Foltynewicz (6-5) allowed one run on three hits with no walks and seven strikeouts across seven innings to earn a victory against the Phillies on Monday.
The 27-year-old hasn't always been able to pitch deep into games recently, but he hasn't allowed more than two earned runs in any outing since Aug. 11. With this run, he's dropped his ERA more than a full run. He owns a 5.00 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 88 strikeouts in 99 innings this season. Foltynewicz is expected to pitch again Saturday at the Nationals.
Foltynewicz (5-5) picked up the win in Tuesday's 7-2 victory over the Blue Jays, giving up two hits and three walks over five scoreless innings while striking out two.
It wasn't the most efficient outing from the right-hander, who tossed 42 of 76 pitches for strikes before getting a fairly early hook, but Foltynewicz held on long enough to qualify for the win. Despite the fact that he spent six weeks in the minors, including all of July, he's now won four straight decisions for Atlanta, with his last loss coming June 6. Folty has a 3.31 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 31:14 K:BB through 32.2 innings since the beginning of August, and he'll look to stay on track in his next start Monday in Philadelphia.
Foltynewicz allowed three runs (two earned) on eight hits and two walks while striking out three across 4.2 innings Wednesday against the Blue Jays. He did not factor into the decision.
Foltynewicz was gifted a five-run lead but wasn't able to complete five innings, making him ineligible for the win. Though it didn't translate to runs, he allowed multiple baserunners in each of his last four innings. The outing continued Foltynewicz's rocky campaign, one in which he's consistently struggled to work deep into games due to trouble with his control. Notably, Wednesday's start marked his eighth consecutive appearance in which he's surrendered multiple free passes. Unsurprisingly, that's resulted in poor ratios, as Foltynewicz has a 5.59 ERA and 1.44 WHIP across 87 innings. He'll look to find the plate more consistently in his next start, currently scheduled as a rematch against the Blue Jays on Tuesday.
Foltynewicz allowed one run on two hits and two walks while striking out seven over seven innings Friday night against the Mets. He didn't factor into the decision.
The right-hander cruised the first five innings of Friday's matchup unscathed before yielding his lone run in the sixth on a solo shot by Jacob deGrom. Foltynewicz was pulled after firing 67 of 104 pitches for strikes with the score tied 1-1. Despite a 5.68 ERA and 1.40 WHIP with 76 strikeouts over 82.1 innings this season, the 27-year-old has held the opposition to three or fewer runs in four of his last six starts.
Foltynewicz didn't factor into the decision in Saturday's 4-3 win over the Dodgers, allowing two runs on seven hits and three walks over 4.2 innings while striking out five.
The right-hander needed 107 pitches (65 strikes) to record only 14 outs in his shortest outing since rejoining the Atlanta rotation in August. Foltynewicz has a 5.06 ERA and 19:7 K:BB in 16 innings over three starts since his return, and he'll try to sharpen his performance Friday, on the road against the Mets.
Foltynewicz (4-5) gave up four runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out seven through six innings to pick up the win against the Marlins on Sunday.
Foltynewicz had a shaky start, allowing three runs in the first inning, but he delivered five innings with only one run afterwards. Foltynewicz has a 5.68 ERA since returning to the majors, but he is throwing his slider at a much higher rate and collected four swinging strikes and nine called strikes on the slider in this outing. Foltynewicz will make his next start Saturday against the Dodgers at home.
Foltynewicz (3-5) picked up the win Tuesday, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks over 5.1 innings while striking out seven in a 12-7 victory over the Twins.
The right-hander looked more like the 2018 version of himself in his return to the Atlanta rotation, throwing 64 of 101 pitches for strikes and blanking the Twins for five innings before finally getting touched up for two homers in the sixth. It wasn't all good news for Foltynewicz -- he started only 10 of the 23 batters he faced with first-pitch strikes -- but the performance was still a big improvement over the form that got him demoted in late June. He'll look to build on this effort in his next start Sunday in Miami.
The Braves officially recalled Foltynewicz from Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday.
Shortly after it was reported that the Reds claimed Kevin Gausman off waivers from the Braves, Atlanta summoned Foltynewicz from Triple-A to fill the opening on the active roster. Foltynewicz will step back into the rotation Tuesday in Minnesota in what will mark his first start with the big club since June 22. Foltynewicz struggled mightily in his 11 starts with Atlanta before heading to Triple-A, but he showed improved command during his time in Gwinnett. Over six outings spanning 33.2 innings, Foltynewicz posted a 2.67 ERA and 31:8 K:BB while not allowing a single home run.
The Braves will recall Foltynewicz from Triple-A Gwinnett to start Tuesday's game against the Twins, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
The 2018 All-Star will re-enter Atlanta's rotation for the first time since June 22 as a replacement for Kevin Gausman, who was claimed off waivers by the Reds. Since being dispatched to the minors after a string of rough outings for the big club, Foltynewicz has posted a 2.67 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 31 strikeouts across 33.2 innings. The Braves appear to believe the right-hander has corrected the command woes that plagued him earlier this season and are hopeful that he may be able to rediscover his 2018 form as he reports back to the majors.
Foltynewicz has posted a 4.08 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 19:4 K:BB through 17.2 innings over three starts since his demotion to Triple-A Gwinnett.
While the WHIP is particularly alarming, there are some encouraging signs in Foltynewicz's performance -- his strikeout rate is back above 9.0, and he has yet to serve up a home run during this minor-league stint. Atlanta is still looking to solidify its rotation for the stretch run, whether internally or on the trade market, but the right-hander might still be a big part of the team's plans.
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