After trading away one rotation piece Thursday, the Astros are replacing Jarred Cosart with a harder thrower in right-hander Mike Foltynewicz. Drafted in 2010, Foltynewicz has been pitching at Triple-A this season.
No official word from the Astros on the move, but Foltynewicz's agency, Octagon Sports, congratulated the youngster this morning.
Congrats to Mike Foltynewicz (@Folty25) on being called up to the Majors by the #Astros— Octagon Baseball (@OctagonBaseball) August 1, 2014
Foltynewicz has thrown 102 innings for Oklahoma City this season, posting a 7-7 record and a 5.08 ERA. He's struck out 102 batters and walked 52 as a 22-year-old in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League. Foltynewicz is also nearly five years younger than the average player in the PCL.
The plan, according to Jose de Jesus Ortiz, is to place Foltynewicz in a relief role, where his big fastball can play more effectively. Brad Peacock has been slated to join the rotation permanently to take Cosart's place.
Mike Foltynewicz is headed to Houston. He will be in relief, I'm told by a source in the know.— Jose de Jesus Ortiz (@OrtizKicks) August 1, 2014
What do you think? Is this a reaction to the fan outrage at trading Cosart? Is this rushing Folty? Are we going to have a #FoltyDay today? More importantly, will Folty's Flow be on full display?