Batter Up!: End of Folty's Braves Tenure?

Will Palaszczuk
July 28, 2020 - 6:44 pm

Has Mike Foltynewicz pitched his last game for the Braves?

That's the question many Braves fans are asking after the team designated the former All-Star for assignment after his disappointing 2020 debut Monday night.

Foltynewicz allowed six runs in 3 1/3 innings in Atlanta's blowout loss to Tampa Bay, leaving the Braves with a significant dearth of proven starting pitching beyond stalwarts Mike Soroka & Max Fried.

The Braves have seven days to either find a trade partner for Foltynewicz or place him on waivers for the 29 other teams to claim him.

If Foltynewicz goes unclaimed, the Braves do have the option to send him to the Gwinnett satellite camp to try and fix what's wrong, but Caleb Johnson from the Batter Up! Podcast believes it won't get to that point.

"Alex Anthopoulos has said the Braves are planning on contending, you don't make a move like that unless you've thought this through," Johnson said. "You've already been depleted with Hamels & Felix Hernandez, you don't add another to the list unless you have a plan.""

Joe Patrick believes Foltynewicz doesn't look like same pitcher in practice or in stature.

"He looks too skinny, which explains the dip in velocity, and it would make sense that he needs to put on some more weight," Patrick said. "I believe there's going to be a longer buildup for him to get back where he should be."

The fastball velocity of Foltynewicz averaged about 5-6 MPH slower than where he was at the end of last season.

Whether Foltynewicz resumes his career with the Braves or elsewhere, Will Palaszczuk is rooting for him. "A lot of times as sports fans we get somewhat ticked off when a guy underperforms, but for this it's more sad than angry looking at him," Palaszczuk says. "I hope that wherever he pitches next he's afforded an opportunity to figure it out."

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