Foltynewicz tossed five no-hit innings in Thursday's Grapefruit League game against the Tigers, allowing only one walk while striking out five.
The right-hander kept his spring ERA at 0.00, and now he's starting to add some strikeouts to the mix as well, boosting his K:BB to 7:4 through 14 innings. Foltynewicz wasn't facing a lineup of scrubs, either, as Detroit fielded a lineup that could well be the same one it trots out Opening Day. The 26-year-old has yet to experience much sustained success in the majors, but he has the arsenal to deliver a breakout 2018 if everything comes together, making him an intriguing sleeper given his impressive performance so far in camp.
Foltynewicz tossed four scoreless innings in Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Pirates, allowing two hits and a walk while striking out one.
The right-hander has yet to give up a run through nine innings this spring, although Folty's 3:2 K:BB is far from ideal. The 26-year-old is locked into a rotation spot for the Braves, but as yet he hasn't been able to harness his impressive arsenal and turn it into consistent results in the majors, making him little more than an endgame lottery ticket in most fantasy formats.
Foltynewicz tossed three scoreless innings in Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Marlins, allowing only one hit and striking out one.
Now working exclusively from the stretch, Folty has yet to allow a run this spring through five innings, but somewhat surprisingly, Sunday's strikeout was his first. The right-hander's raw stuff should still generate some Ks even if he's focused on pitching to contact, but at 26 years old time is running out for him to improve on his consistency from start to start and begin to realize his potential.
Foltynewicz is tinkering with the idea of pitching from the stretch in an effort to quiet his delivery, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
He completed two scoreless innings in his Grapefruit League season debut Tuesday, displaying a quieter windup and a willingness to pitch from the stretch with nobody on base. Stephen Strasburg and Alex Wood, among others, have recently decided to pitch exclusively from the stretch, and Foltynewicz seems to be toying with the idea of going that route in hopes of improving his below-average command, something that has plagued him as a big-league starter. It's time for desperate measures for the 26-year-old righty. He will open the year in the big-league rotation, but could lose his spot at some point this season if he doesn't show improvement. When he's on, he can look like a top-of-the-rotation arm, but those types of outings have been few and far between. If this modified delivery leads to success this spring, he would become more appealing as an endgame play in deeper leagues.
Foltynewicz is considered an "essential lock" to open the season with a rotation spot according to general manager Alex Anthopoulos and manager Brian Snitker, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
The right-hander showed promise last season, producing a 3.94 ERA and an 8.6 K/9 prior to imploding in his final seven starts of the season. The home runs continue to be an issue (1.2 HR/9) and his hitter-friendly home park hurts him in that regard. That said, Foltynewicz's job in the Braves' rotation seems to be very secure, making him reasonably attractive in deeper formats if he can build upon his successes in 2017.
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