Aug 12, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros relief pitcher Mike Foltynewicz (48) pitches during the ninth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Minute Maid Park. The Astros defeated the Twins 10-4. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Astros #3 Top Prospect: Michael Foltynewicz
#3-4 starter or closer.
I wrote earlier in the off-season about Michael Foltynewicz being told to get ready to be in the rotation in Spring Training. I think with the injury to Brad Peacock, there’s a pretty good chance he could be in the rotation come opening day. He had one of the highest average speeds (96.7 mph) with his fastball last year, but at times was very hittable and wild. However, when he was on, he was amazing to watch. The Astros have to decide where he is the most valuable moving forward.
I see him pitching like Gerrit Cole did in his rookie season.
10-7/ 3.33 ERA/ 117 innings/ 100 strikeouts
According to Prospects361.com, Fantasy Impact: Foltynewicz is still a win-win situation for fantasy owners. If his command and control improves, he could become at least a number three starter. If it doesn’t the Astros will put him in the bullpen where his upside is a Wade Davis level setup man or a potential closer.
Ceiling: Gerrit Cole
Floor: Josh Fields
Next: Mark Appel