How good is Mike Foltynewicz? This may be an odd question to ask right after he has suffered a loss, but the numbers continue to make you wonder if the Braves have something special with this hard-throwing right-handed pitcher.
Friday night Foltynewicz fell to 3-2 on the season as he was outdueled by former Braves pitcher Tim Hudson. But Foltynewicz allowed just two runs on five hits in 6.2 innings, with one walk and eight strikeouts. His only bad pitch was to Buster Posey, who had a two-run home run in the first inning.
It was the fifth straight performance that had Foltynewicz strike out seven or more batters.
Foltynewicz was really good Friday night. He had command of his fastball, and when he needed to ramp up the heater he did that easily. He hit the late-90s late into his performance and looked like a classic power arm. To see Foltynewicz have great control (with only one walk) with that stuff was a great sign.
For the season in Atlanta, Foltynewicz now has a 3.96 earned run average. He’s allowed 35 hits in 36.1 innings, 16 earned runs, only 13 walks and 38 strikeouts. Combine those numbers with what he did in Triple-A Gwinnett and he’s got a 3.26 ERA with 52 hits allowed in 58 innings, 21 earned runs, 23 walks and 68 strikeouts.
Foltynewicz does not turn 24 until October. He’s so young, which makes you wonder how good he might be in a couple of years after he gets more experience. But right now, the Braves obviously have a very good young arm – one that will be a cornerstone for the rotation in the years to come.
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Foltynewicz with another great outing
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