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Mike Foltynewicz PBraves

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2018 Projections (Rest of Season Projections - seasonal age 26)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
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Birth Date10-7-1991
Height6' 4"
Weight220 lbs
Age26 years, 4 months, 12 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
-0.22014
-0.72015
1.42016
-0.42017
1.22018
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
2014 HOU MLB 16 0 18.7 0 1 0 23 7 14 3 .257 100 11.1 3.4 1.4 6.8 29% .333 .310 1.61 4.87 5.30 104 5.58 136.8 -0.2
2015 ATL MLB 18 15 86.7 4 6 0 112 29 77 17 .257 93 11.6 3.0 1.8 8.0 36% .349 .338 1.63 5.07 5.71 106 5.77 134.7 -0.7
2016 ATL MLB 22 22 123.3 9 5 0 125 35 111 18 .265 94 9.1 2.6 1.3 8.1 43% .301 .274 1.30 4.27 4.31 98 4.35 96.3 1.4
2017 ATL MLB 29 28 154.0 10 13 0 169 59 143 20 .267 94 9.9 3.4 1.2 8.4 42% .324 .287 1.48 4.35 4.79 102 5.83 124.1 -0.4
CareerMLB8565382.72325042913034558.2649410.13.11.48.140%.323.2961.464.514.871025.33118.10.0

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
2011 LEX A 26 26 134.0 5 11 0 149 51 88 10 .262 110 10.0 3.4 0.7 5.9 45% .327 .273 1.49 4.48 4.97 108 5.78 111.6
2012 LEX A 27 27 152.0 14 4 0 145 62 125 11 .264 104 8.6 3.7 0.7 7.4 49% .298 .249 1.36 4.19 3.14 100 4.33 103.1
2013 LNC A+ 7 5 26.0 1 0 0 31 14 29 4 .275 109 10.7 4.8 1.4 10.0 46% .360 .285 1.73 5.14 3.81 98 4.58 105.9
2013 CCH AA 23 16 103.3 5 3 3 75 52 95 8 .255 103 6.5 4.5 0.7 8.3 55% .254 .237 1.23 3.87 2.87 107 6.47 120.5
2014 HOU MLB 16 0 18.7 0 1 0 23 7 14 3 .257 100 11.1 3.4 1.4 6.8 29% .333 .310 1.61 4.87 5.30 104 5.58 136.8
2014 OKL AAA 21 18 102.7 7 7 0 98 52 102 10 .270 97 8.6 4.6 0.9 8.9 49% .322 .271 1.46 4.78 5.08 108 6.04 110.0
2015 ATL MLB 18 15 86.7 4 6 0 112 29 77 17 .257 93 11.6 3.0 1.8 8.0 36% .349 .338 1.63 5.07 5.71 106 5.77 134.7
2015 GWN AAA 10 10 56.7 1 6 0 52 26 63 7 .251 93 8.3 4.1 1.1 10.0 42% .308 .267 1.38 3.91 3.49 84 2.07 84.7
2016 ATL MLB 22 22 123.3 9 5 0 125 35 111 18 .265 94 9.1 2.6 1.3 8.1 43% .301 .274 1.30 4.27 4.31 98 4.35 96.3
2016 GWN AAA 5 5 27.0 1 2 0 13 14 25 0 .244 105 4.3 4.7 0.0 8.3 54% .206 .171 1.00 3.09 1.67 103 3.99 101.2
2017 ATL MLB 29 28 154.0 10 13 0 169 59 143 20 .267 94 9.9 3.4 1.2 8.4 42% .324 .287 1.48 4.35 4.79 102 5.83 124.1

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 325 0.4831 0.4338 0.7518 0.6433 0.2381 0.8317 0.5500 0.2482
2015 1478 0.5399 0.5007 0.7865 0.6717 0.3000 0.8545 0.6078 0.2135
2016 2111 0.5405 0.4770 0.7756 0.6223 0.3062 0.8352 0.6330 0.2244
2017 2764 0.4736 0.4389 0.7650 0.6325 0.2646 0.8333 0.6182 0.2350
Career66780.50990.46440.77250.63850.28430.83850.61730.2275

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

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

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2018 ATL $2,200,000
2017 ATL $544,000
2016 ATL $
2015 ATL $
2014 HOU $
YearsDescriptionSalary
1 yrPrevious$544,000
2018Current$2,200,000
2 yrPvs + Cur$2,744,000
2 yrTotal$2,744,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
2 y 163 dExcel Sports1 year/$2.2M (2018)

Details
  • 1 year/$2.2M (2018). Lost arbitration with Atlanta 2/10/18 ($2.3M-$2.2M).
  • 1 year (2017). Re-signed by Atlanta 3/17.
  • 1 year (2016). Re-signed by Atlanta 3/16.
  • 1 year/$508,750 (2015). Acquired by Atlanta in trade from Houston 1/14/15. Signed by Atlanta 3/2/15.
  • 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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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .275 .335 .498 .305
11 vs R (Multi) .279 .330 .441 .281
18 Split (Multi) -.004 .005 .057 .024
19 LgAvg (Multi) .006 .020 .015 .013
30 vs L (2016) .251 .320 .456 .280
31 vs R (2016) .273 .319 .431 .269
38 Split (2016) -.022 .001 .025 .011
39 LgAvg (2016) .003 .018 .013 .012

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DateQuestionAnswer
2017-05-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are we seeing the breakout of Mike Foltynewicz?
(Rob Deer from Milwaukee)
Considering that he owns a 4.38 DRA (descriptive) and a 102 cFIP (predictive & also below the league-average mark of 100), I would say no. The strikeout rate is still around 8.0 per-nine. I'm just not interested. I'll throw darts at the Andrew Triggs of the world before I bet on someone like Folty. (George Bissell)
2016-09-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Perhaps odd to be asking this about a guy sporting a 4.41 ERA, but how big a step forward into relevance has Mike Foltynewicz taken this year with the Braves?
(Paul from DC)
Progress is always a good thing! He's still throwing hard, he's actually just not throwing hard stuff quite as much (more sliders and changes). So there's a hint of maturity there, too. There is also a continued issue (with improvement, though) with being a hard fly ball pitcher.

His career ERA, DRA and cFIP all seem to be lining up, roughly speaking, so I'd take the positive movement for what it is, but with a grain of salt. It comes down to him making another step forward in 2017, and I do think there are reasons to be optimistic. (Harry Pavlidis)
2016-07-05 19:00:00 (link to chat)Mike Foltynewicz has really turned a corner with his command and secondary pitches this year. Any chance he becomes a #2 starter with a lot of strikeouts?
(Dan from ATL)
I always thought he'd be a reliever, but as a starter, I think he's a #3. #3s can masquerade as #2s occasionally, and this might be one of those cases. I never mind being proven wrong in these situations, though - guys improving beyond their projection is awesome. (Kate Morrison)
2015-03-19 14:00:00 (link to chat)I think you misread this question: "Shawn (Cubicle): Who are some of your favorite NON-Cubs minor leaguers?" Carry on...
(Q from Chicago)
Ah my apologies Sean and Q. One of my favorite non-cubs minor leaguer is Ethan Chapman. He was my first player interview and we regularly stay in contact. Ethan has progressed from Rookie Ball to Double A over the past three seasons. Another minor leaguer I enjoy watching play is Mike Foltynewicz due to him being from the area I grew up in. He threw 97 in high school it was a sight to see and was great to see him get drafted in the 1st round. (Rob Willer)
2015-02-09 20:00:00 (link to chat)How close was Mike Foltynewicz to making the list and do you see him as a SP or RP?
(JK from Spring Valley, MN)
He was very close. Relief arm for me, but a good one. (Top 101 Chat)
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 haven't 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, let's 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 – on the back of his 80-grade fastball – 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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