Foltynewicz has no timetable for his return to the big leagues and is not a candidate to step into the rotation in place of Max Fried, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
Foltynewicz was designated for assignment in late July after making just a single disastrous start. His velocity dropped significantly, while his weight was noticeably down as well. Both have improved as he works out at the team's alternate training site, but he's evidently still not ready for major-league action.
Foltynewicz cleared waivers Thursday and was outrighted to Triple-A Gwinnett.
It came as a surprise to see Foltynewicz designated for assignment Monday, but it's another shock to see the right-hander clear waivers after the transaction. As a result, he'll remain in the Braves organization and report to the team's alternate training site. Foltynewicz struggled in his first start of 2020 as his velocity was way down from what he'd shown in past seasons. It's unclear whether he'll appear in the majors again this year, but he'll get the chance to work things out at the alternate camp.
Foltynewicz was designated for assignment following Monday's loss to the Rays, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports. He gave up six earned runs on four hits and four walks while striking out three in 3.1 innings earlier in the day.
This is a shocking move, as Foltynewicz had seemingly been a lock for the rotation all offseason and into the spring. The big red flag that will follow Foltynewicz to his next team will be the fact he averaged 89.3 mph with his fourseam fastball during Monday's start after averaging at least 94.8 mph with that pitch in each of his previous six seasons, according to Kevin McAlpin of 680 The Fan Atlanta. This steep decline in velocity could be injury related, but he said he feels fine, according to manager Brian Snitker. Jhoulys Chacin seems like a logical candidate to step into the rotation. The Braves could also call on one of Bryse Wilson or Ian Anderson at their satellite camp.
Foltynewicz will start Monday's game against the Rays, Gabe Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Foltynewicz was effective in Thursday's intrasquad game, and he'll start behind Sean Newcomb in the rotation to begin the season. Foltynewicz could be on a pitch count over his first couple turns through the rotation as the team plans to roll out their starters with caution to begin the season. The 28-year-old posted a 4.54 ERA and 105:37 K:BB in 21 starts last season after missing the first several weeks with an elbow injury.
Foltynewicz looked dominant during Thursday's intrasquad game, allowing only one walk over three hitless innings while striking out three, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports. "I thought Folty was really good," manager Brian Snitker said.
The right-hander suggested he was about 80 percent ready for the season when summer camp began, and Foltynewicz backed up that assessment Thursday. After an erratic 2019, Folty will be looking to rediscover the form that saw him post a 2.85 ERA and 9.9 K/9 over a career-high 183 innings the season before.
General manager Alex Anthopolous said Wednesday that the Braves will be cautious and limit their starters to 2-4 innings their first couple times through the rotation, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
Spring training 2.0 next month will only provide so much warm-up time for pitchers following the three-month shutdown of official activities, so it's no a major surprise to see teams wanting to take it slow. Each team will begin the 60-game season with a 30-man roster, so there should be plenty of depth to cover the innings from the shortened starts. Foltynewicz had a 4.54 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 105:37 K:BB over 21 starts last season and is looking for a rebound effort in 2020.
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.
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