Foltynewicz leaning towards Astros

Mike Foltynewicz, the hard-throwing right-handed pitcher the Astros selected with the 19th overall pick Monday in the First-Year Player Draft, said Tuesday he’s more likely to sign with the Astros than go to the University of Texas.

“I want to get my professional career headed out in the right way and right now I’m definitely going to considering starting my professional career,” he said.

Foltynewicz, 6-foot-4, 190 pounds, sits in the low 90s mph with his fastball and has touched 96 with a good changeup. He’s the first pitcher taken in the first round by the Astros since left-hander Brian Bogusevic in 2005, but Bogusevic has since been moved to the outfield.

“My goals are to try to get to the pros as soon as I can, within two or three years,” he said. “I feel real confident about that. I’m a real hard worker and I’m going to listen to everything that everyone has to say. I’ll take criticism the right way, learn from it and I want to try to get up soon.”

Foltynewicz went 9-1 with a 0.38 ERA and 128 strikeouts in 72 2/3 innings this year for Minooka Community High School in the Chicago area.

He throws a four-seam fastball, two-seam fastball, slider, curveball and a changeup. His can get up to 96 mph with his four-seam fastball in early innings, and will sit at 91-94 mph. His two-seamer is 88-91 with good movement, and he has a 12-to-6 curveball that ranges from 71-74 mph.  His changeup is 84 mph with some movement.

“I’ve had a curveball all my life and last summer I started working on the slider more, just another pitch to get in there,” he said. “That’s been working great for me. It looks like my fastball coming in, but just has that break to the left. Both those pitches are really great for me. I can throw them for strikes.”

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He?s my favorite pick among the three we got in the 1st round. I don?t know if he?ll be ready in two or three years, but if he develops as quickly as Lyles, it?s a possibility. He certainly sounds very confident. An exciting prospect to follow in the minor.

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