Astros to call up Foltynewicz
The Astros are calling up another one of their top prospects – hard-throwing right-hander Mike Foltynewicz.
Foltynewicz, 22, was 7-7 with a 5.08 ERA this year at Triple-A Oklahoma City with 102 strikeouts in 102 2/3 innings. Foltynewicz, taken with the No. 19 overall pick in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, will pitch out of the bullpen for the rest of the season.
“He’s had basically four months of pitching in the rotation at Triple-A and we feel like it’s really been beneficial for him,” Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said. “He’s refined his off-speed stuff and has been able to work on a lot of different things. We’re going to pitch him in the bullpen here for the remainder of the year and that will give him an opportunity to get his feet wet at the Major League level and show us what he’s got. He’ll help us win some games.”
Luhnow envisioned Foltynewicz pitching in the sixth, seventh or eighth innings and perhaps working multiple innings.
“We’ll have to see how the manager wants to use him and how effective he is,” Luhnow said. “If he ends up being a guy we can use in those critical late-game situations – we have some good pitchers there now – but if he adds to that depth there, that will be good.”
Foltynewicz is the fourth top prospect to be called up by the Astros this year, joining outfielder George Springer, first baseman Jon Singleton and outfielder Domingo Santana, who had only 13 at-bats with the Astros before being sent back down.
The move comes one day after the Astros traded one of their former top prospects, pitcher Jarred Cosart, in a six-player deal with the Marlins.
Foltynewicz was a combined 14-4 with a 3.14 ERA in 27 starts at Class A Lexington in 2012, and last year was a combined 6-3 with a 3.06 ERA in 30 games combined between Class A Lancaster and Double-A Corpus Christi.
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