It’s been a troublesome week for former All-Star Mike Foltynewicz. On Monday, he was DFA’d by the Braves after displaying a pointy decline in his velocity for the second season in a row, leading to back-to-back porous outings in opposition to the Marlins and Rays. And yesterday, he was outrighted to Gwinnett as a result of not one of the different 29 groups claimed him on waivers. That simply goes to point out how far he’s fallen in a matter of months.
Even after an abysmal begin to 2019, Foltynewicz was in a position to bounce-back and have become the Braves greatest pitcher down the stretch, which finally led to him beginning a winner-take-all Sport 5 in opposition to the St. Louis Cardinals. We don’t have to rehash what occurred in that recreation, however Folty nonetheless had the stuff of a top-of-the-rotation starter. That hasn’t been the case to this point in 2020.
Folty’s velocity is down a full 5 miles per hour from final yr and over seven miles per hour from 2018, resulting in many individuals (together with myself) questioning whether or not there may be some underlying difficulty. Nonetheless, yesterday on MLB Community’s Excessive Warmth, Alex Anthopoulos was clear in saying that Folty returned to camp wholesome and in good condition following the prolonged layoff, the stuff simply wasn’t there. And for a pitcher that has all the time been a “stuff man”, there’s no method for him to seek out a lot success if he can’t get that corrected.
— MLB Community (@MLBNetwork) July 30, 2020
That’s to not say it’s unimaginable. The Braves are leaving the door open for a possible return. Foltynewicz will work out with the taxi squad in Gwinnett, and if he can present a sustained improve in velocity, the Braves will almost definitely give him one other shot. In spite of everything, they don’t have many different promising choices of their rotation after Mike Soroka and Max Fried.
A technique that is likely to be attainable for Folty is that if he positive factors some weight.
Despite the fact that Anthopoulos mentioned on MLB Community that Folty got here again to camp in good condition, it was overwhelmingly obvious that he was a lot skinnier than he has been through the years. After he was outrighted to Gwinnett, Foltynewicz acknowledged the considerations and reportedly instructed Brian Snitker that he’s already engaged on it in hopes it’s going to result in elevated velocity.
#Braves Snitker says the crew hopes to place some weight on Folty by a food plan and coaching plan. Snitker thinks they’ll get his velocity again in the event that they construct him again up the proper method.
— 92.9 The Sport (@929TheGame) July 30, 2020
It’s not going to be a straightforward highway again for Folty, and I wouldn’t count on him to return to Atlanta anytime quickly. Nonetheless, so long as there aren’t any underlying points, there’s an opportunity he can kind issues out in Gwinnett. Foltynewicz was in a position to do it final yr and returned because the Braves’ greatest pitcher. Will probably be somewhat tougher to do that season since there isn’t a minor league season, however by bullpen periods and live-action practices, the coaches will be capable to inform if his stuff returns to type. For the Braves’ sake, who’re determined for rotation assist, let’s hope Folty can rapidly flip it round.
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