In a system chock-full of talent, it’s easy to get a few names lost amongst the masses. Mike Foltynewicz is one of those guys that is impossible to lose. Drafted in the first round of the 2010 draft by the Houston Astros, Foltynewicz has improved with each year of experience. Like outfielder George Springer, he has put up more impressive numbers with each level he’s elevated to.
After a brief stay in Advanced-A ball, Foltynewicz spent the majority of the 2013 season at Double-A Corpus Christi, where he put up a 5-3 record with a 2.87 ERA. He continues to strike out batters consistently and he rarely surrenders home runs. If anything could be highlighted as an area of concern, it’s his walk totals, but that can be fixed.
At 22 years of age, Foltynewicz isn’t at a point where he needs to be rushed to the majors. There are pretty much no player in the Astros system that need to be rushed given the plethora of talent, and it allows them to exercise more patience and diligence in preparing players for the pros.
That being said, Foltynewicz is in a position where he’ll likely start the 2014 season at triple-A. Even if he does start at double-A, he’ll be in triple-A before long. From that point, he’s right on the doorstep of the pros. While the path to the majors is starting to get a little clogged in the Astros system, there are still plenty of openings, and he’s got the stuff to quickly establish himself if given the opportunity to play in Houston.