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Michael G. Foltynewicz

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Mike Foltynewicz was the first high schooler picked from a Midwestern school in the 2010 amateur draft. The right-hander was chosen 19th overall, going to the Houston Astros. He was signed by scout Troy Hoerner for $1.305 million and made his pro debut on June 26th for the Greeneville Astros with a scoreless inning against the Johnson City Cardinals. In 12 starts that first season, he was 0-3, 4.03 but pitched only 44 2/3 innings. He then spent the next two seasons with the Lexington Legends of the South Atlantic League. 2011 was not so great, as he was 5-11, 4.97 in 26 starts, logging 134 innings. In 2012, however, he had an excellent season, with a record of 14-4, 3.14 in his 27 starts. He continued to do well in 2013, as he moved quickly through advanced Class A to spend the bulk of the season in AA. With the Lancaster JetHawks of the California League, he was 1-0, 3.81 in 7 games, while with the Corpus Christi Hooks in the Texas League, he went 5-3, 2.87 in 23 games. Overall that year, he pitched 30 times, including 20 starts, with a record of 6-3, 3.06. He had 124 strikeouts in 129 1/3 innings.

Foltynewicz reached the major leagues for the first time on August 2, 2014, when he pitched two-thirds of an inning in relief for the Astros against the Toronto Blue Jays. He spent the rest of the season in the majors, making 16 appearances out of the bullpen. His only decision was a loss, which came on September 8th against the Seattle Mariners. He put up an ERA of 5.30 in 18 2/3 innings. He had spent the first four months of the season with the AAA Oklahoma City RedHawks, going 7-7, 5.08 in 21 games, including 18 starts. He was in line for a starting job in the Astros' rotation in 2015, until January 14th, when he was traded to the Atlanta Braves along with P Andrew Thurman and 3B Rio Ruiz in return for C Evan Gattis and P James Hoyt.

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